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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems. She’s covered technology for more than a decade at such publications as National Journal's Technology Daily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, Sternstein covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She’s been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, MSNBC, WAMU and Federal News Radio. Sternstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Hackers take down Justice.gov, threaten to block WhiteHouse.gov

January 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hacker collective Anonymous on Thursday evening apparently took out the Justice Department's website and is trying to knock out WhiteHouse.gov in retaliation for the feds taking out movie-trafficking site Megaupload.com. The action comes in the middle of a global debate over U.S. anti-piracy legislation that critics, including the online encyclopedia...

A 2006 cyber breach may have impaired Symantec's government customers

January 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow ZUMA Press/Newscom Revelations this week that hackers stole the master keys to Symantec's antivirus programs in 2006 suggest the firm's former federal customers and current remote access users may be dealing with vulnerable software. Reuters reported Tuesday that earlier this month hackers released some of the source code and planned...

DISA returns to the drawing board on cloud plans

January 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress told Defense to switch to private services, such as this Silicon Valley server farm, offering the same security at a lower cost.Newscom The Pentagon has pushed back a Jan. 15 deadline for military services and federal agencies to report on congressionally mandated strategies for downsizing computer rooms, a Defense...

DISA returns to the drawing board on cloud plans

January 18, 2012 The Pentagon has pushed back a Jan. 15 deadline for military services and federal agencies to report on congressionally mandated strategies for downsizing computer rooms, a Defense Information Systems Agency official said. A provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, enacted two weeks ago, had ordered Defense Department components...

Administration Powers Up DHS Cyber Staff

January 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government is restructuring cybersecurity leadership, as Congress prepares to debate legislation early this year that could increase the Homeland Security Department's cyber workload. On Friday, DHS officials announced John Streufert, a pioneer in threat-monitoring at the State Department, will be joining Homeland Security as the new director of...

Pentagon cedes control of Defense cyber pilot to DHS

January 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is taking over a heralded Pentagon project that shared classified intelligence with select military contractors and their communications providers, DHS officials said. The new arrangement puts DHS, the civilian agency responsible for facilitating the protection of private critical infrastructure, in charge of communicating with private Internet...

Pentagon cedes control of Defense cyber pilot to DHS

January 17, 2012 The Homeland Security Department is taking over a heralded Pentagon project that shared classified intelligence with select military contractors and their communications providers, DHS officials said. Read the full story on Nextgov.

White House hopes new website will help create jobs

January 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is building a new online presence to empower job creators with the information -- and financing -- they need to reverse the nation's unemployment figures. Business.USA.gov will be aimed at simplifying the ocean of economic-related information floating throughout the dot-gov domain, administration officials said Friday. With unemployment...

White House hopes new website will help create jobs

January 13, 2012 The Obama administration is building a new online presence to empower job creators with the information -- and financing -- they need to reverse the nation's unemployment figures. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Get ready to push some paper for cloud moves

January 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A critical part of a fast-track strategy that allows agencies to digitally borrow each other's cloud security guarantees will not be available when the operation gets under way this summer, federal officials told Nextgov. The mantra of the new effort, called the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP,...