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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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U.S., European Union officials ink long-awaited passenger data deal

December 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. and European Union officials on Wednesday signed an anti-terrorism accord that renews a 2007 agreement to exchange fliers' personal data, despite objections from some EU members who say the deal is excessively invasive despite added data protections. The pact took years to negotiate because of European members' privacy concerns....

Trust but verify: Ensuring digital identities

December 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine visiting any government website for the first time and immediately accessing services without having to register. Think of it as an online express lane akin to the airport security gates that allow prescreened travelers to whiz through without taking off their shoes and belts. And imagine the money that...

Coming Soon To a Workplace Near You: Cyber Job Titles

December 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management this spring will release a list of job titles comprising the federal cybersecurity career path, creating for the first time much-needed consensus on the skills required of the cyber workforce, Homeland Security Department officials told Nextgov on Tuesday. The fundamental problem contributing to a human...

DHS details contract for second try at Southwest virtual fence

December 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has published an expected draft solicitation for bids on a successor to a failed $1 billion virtual border fence. The proposed work order calls for "nondevelopmental" -- already available from defense or industrial production lines -- towers flanked with cameras designed to tolerate the extreme Arizona...

DHS details contract for second try at Southwest virtual fence

December 9, 2011 The Homeland Security Department has published an expected draft solicitation for bids on a successor to a failed $1 billion virtual border fence. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

National security probes into foreign acquisitions of U.S. firms climb

December 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Investigations into potential security risks posed by foreign takeovers of U.S. companies, including many information technology firms, have increased 23 percentage points in recent years, according to a new federal assessment. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States this week reported to Congress that 35 international business transactions...

Agencies, contractors get rules of the road for cloud security approvals

December 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal cloud providers by June 2012 will have to comply with new uniform security controls so that multiple agencies can piggyback off the certifications for faster installation, White House officials announced Thursday. To more quickly slice $5 billion from the government's annual $80 billion information technology tab, the Obama administration...

Agencies, contractors get rules of the road for cloud security approvals

December 8, 2011 Federal cloud providers by June 2012 will have to comply with new uniform security controls so that multiple agencies can piggyback off the certifications for faster installation, White House officials announced Thursday. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Indie Programmer Tries Debunking Phone Spying Myths

December 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As lawmakers dispatch letters to cellphone-monitoring firm Carrier IQ, outraged over tales of the Silicon Valley company tracking callers' keystrokes, one independent programmer says the software is not capable of recording button-pressing beyond dialed numbers. Carrier IQ provides wireless companies with reliability statistics based on data transmitted from Carrier IQ...

New cyber info-sharing measure gets nod from privacy proponents

December 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was updated to include comments from a House Intelligence Committee staff member. A House Homeland Security Committee draft bill that would create a nonprofit entity to share information on cyber threats has gained favor with some privacy advocates who are concerned that a competing bill already passed by...

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