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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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Contractors dealt blanket cloud security specs

January 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security CIO Richard Spires said the process "will evaluate IT services offered by vendors on behalf of federal agencies." The White House is speeding ahead on a program to expedite security clearances for cloud products, having just notified contractors of about 170 specific protections soon to be required. The...

Defense overhaul's emphasis on the cloud carries supply chain risks

January 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow iStockPhoto The shift of military operations to the cloud -- part of a Defense Department downsizing -- will require protecting electronics manufactured in Asia from supply chain tampering, say some private security auditors. But that won't necessarily mean inspecting every network component made in China. As the military ends campaigns...

Defense overhaul's emphasis on the cloud carries supply chain risks

January 6, 2012 The shift of military operations to the cloud -- part of a Defense Department downsizing -- will require protecting electronics manufactured in Asia from supply chain tampering, say some private security auditors. But that won't necessarily mean inspecting every network component made in China. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

FDA fielding app to track drug side effects during emergencies

January 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Martina Kalaba/Newscom This story has been updated. The Food and Drug Administration is building a surveillance app for clinicians and regulators to monitor patients having bad reactions to experimental drugs administered during public health crises, agency officials said. The so-called Real-Time Application for Portable Interactive Devices, or RAPID, will collect...

Feds turn to dating websites and facial recognition tools to catch crooks

January 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal detectives have reason to believe that a man pictured in an online dating profile under a pseudonym carjacked a young mother in Florida, killing her and taking her child. But they cannot identify the man. They have no fingerprints to run against the FBI's national biometric database because he...

Cyber spies try probing U.S. drone plans

January 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow China-based hackers for months have been targeting federal agencies and contractors through infected emails apparently to spy on the Pentagon's drone strategy and other intelligence matters, according to Internet security researchers. The reported espionage employed a tactic known as spear-phishing where infiltrators, operating under the guise of a legitimate sender,...

Finding A Match

January 1, 2012 Law enforcement agencies turn to social media and facial recognition software to ID crime suspects. Federal detectives have reason to believe that a man pictured in an online dating profile under a pseudonym carjacked a young mother in Florida, killing her and taking her child. But they cannot identify the...

Memo to feds: Stop using the same passwords for personal and work accounts

December 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recent and future government victims of the hacker collective Anonymous may want to stop using agency passwords on nonwork websites, say officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, which learned that lesson the hard way. During the weekend, hacker activists purportedly from Anonymous leaked the apparent passwords and some...

Memo to feds: Don't use same passwords for work, personal accounts

December 29, 2011 Recent and future government victims of the hacker collective Anonymous may want to stop using agency passwords on nonwork websites, say officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, which learned that lesson the hard way. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Occupy Wall Street plus Anonymous may equal city computer outages

December 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Note to the Homeland Security Department: expect hackers to join forces with offline activists in 2012 for strikes on transportation computer systems and other critical networks. According to annual predictions released by security firm McAfee, anti-Wall Street demonstrators occupying parks in cities across the country and digital vigilantes associated with...

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