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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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Service Interrupted

February 1, 2011 WikiLeaks fiasco reinforces push to set security standards for cloud services. The WikiLeaks scandal, which prompted targeted blackouts of the document-leaking venture and financial services, demonstrates how online enterprises are at the mercy of third-party Web service providers. Such shutdowns could have dire consequences for Internet-based government services such as...

Test affirms United States' ability to circumvent Internet censors

January 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Jim Hollander/Landov A recent internal test by a federally-funded broadcaster shows that the U.S. government has the power to bypass foreign Internet censors by feeding news over a special e-mail system. How that capability might affect events in Egypt, where leaders have cut off Internet services despite appeals by the...

From Nextgov.com: Test affirms United States' ability to circumvent Internet censors

January 31, 2011 A recent internal test by a federally-funded broadcaster shows that the U.S. government has the power to bypass foreign Internet censors by feeding news over a special e-mail system. How that capability might affect events in Egypt, where leaders have cut off Internet services despite appeals by the Obama administration...

Cybersecurity Ain't In Kansas Anymore

January 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department does not expect a plan for protecting computers from hacking and other malicious activity to appear anytime soon. "No ruby slippers" is the phrase that Philip Reitinger, deputy undersecretary of the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate, said he wanted to stress this week at a...

White House considers relaxing cloud security requirements

January 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Obama administration officials are considering relaxing some security requirements for cloud computing certification to expedite deployments, after the software industry raised concerns about impractical, one-size-fits-all controls, federal officials said. The goal of the initiative, called the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), is to provide departments with standard procedures...

Homeland Security moves full-speed-ahead on Einstein cybersecurity tool

January 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department will finish by 2012 installing a somewhat controversial system, called Einstein 2, that monitors traffic on federal computer networks for potential intrusions, and will start the next phase of the application, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said during an address on the state of the agency. The...

From Nextgov.com: White House considers relaxing cloud security requirements

January 28, 2011 Obama administration officials are considering relaxing some security requirements for cloud computing certification to expedite deployments, after the software industry raised concerns about impractical, one-size-fits-all controls, federal officials said. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Defense is building a database to analyze all network traffic

January 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department is building a database to cull traffic from networks across government and other sectors, which will participate on a voluntary basis, to develop a fuller view of online threats, a top Defense official said. U.S. Cyber Command, the Defense Department's new joint-service organization created primarily to protect...

House, Senate Judiciary chairs clash over extending online spy provisions

January 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House and Senate committee leaders on Wednesday backed dueling legislation to extend online surveillance provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that are set to expire at the end of February. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced the bipartisan 2011 USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act, which would continue...

New border surveillance project faces same problems that doomed SBInet

January 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With its new request for information on its second attempt to connect video surveillance towers, the Homeland Security Department is following the same path that led to a failed $1 billion virtual fence across part of the Southwest border, several management and security experts told Nextgov. The RFI, issued Jan....