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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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From Nextgov.com: Program to automate immigration processing is vulnerable to insider threats

February 25, 2011 A Homeland Security Department inspector general this week released a report that found a struggling $2.4 billion project to computerize immigration paperwork lacks a strategy for protecting the system against insider threats. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Chinese Government, U.S. Techies Agree on Anti-Spam Measures

February 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chinese government and U.S. technology experts have agreed on specific measures to curb spam originating from both countries, says a researcher who coordinated bilateral talks. The recommendations include establishing protocols to separate legitimate messages from junk mail; educating consumers about the risk of so-called botnets -- infected personal computers programmed...

Microsoft and Google slug it out for agencies' cloud business

February 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft Corp. laid into Google for selling federal agencies unsuitable Web-based software at the company's annual government conference, as it squares off with the Web services behemoth to shape the future of federal cloud contracting. Curt Kolcun, Microsoft vice president for the U.S. public sector, briefed the media at a...

If government shuts down, bye-bye BlackBerry

February 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If Congress forces the government to shut down, then agencies and employees might have to shut down office Web-based e-mail and power off BlackBerrys, according to federal law. The so-called Antideficiency Act prohibits agencies from accepting voluntary labor for services that are not essential -- vital to the protection of...

From Nextgov.com: If government shuts down, bye-bye BlackBerry

February 23, 2011 If Congress forces the government to shut down, then agencies and employees might have to shut down office Web-based e-mail and power off BlackBerrys, according to federal law. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Cybersecurity brings new wrinkle to 'essential' personnel

February 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With a possible government shutdown looming, agencies face a tough decision that was barely an issue in 1995, the last time they had to furlough employees: Which computer security personnel should be required to continue working? The stalemate between Congress and the White House over funding levels for the rest...

From Nextgov.com: Cybersecurity brings new wrinkle to 'essential' personnel

February 22, 2011 With a possible government shutdown looming, agencies face a tough decision that was barely an issue in 1995, the last time they had to furlough employees: Which computer security personnel should be required to continue working? Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

VOA Site Hacked By Apparent Iranian Pro-Gov Group

February 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The website of U.S.-funded broadcaster Voice of America Persian was attacked by an Iranian pro-government group, according to a correspondent for sister station Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. The main VOA site also appeared to have been hacked, as of 9:04 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. "Website of VOA Persian Service...

Administration's budget would expand Homeland Security's acquisition force

February 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano justified a $24 million budget request for expanding and training the department's acquisition workforce by acknowledging contract management has been inconsistent across DHS. "It's a big department," Napolitano said Thursday afternoon. "We do a lot of acquisitions. We are often criticized for some of those...

From Nextgov.com: Administration's budget would expand DHS' acquisition force

February 18, 2011 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano justified a $24 million budget request for expanding and training the department's acquisition workforce by acknowledging contract management has been inconsistent across DHS. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.