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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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DHS to start vetting virtual fence contractors by February

November 18, 2011 The Homeland Security Department plans as soon as January to open bidding on a 10-year contract to replace a failed $1 billion border surveillance project, according to DHS officials. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Senate Punts Cybersecurity to 2012

November 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate plans to hold a vote on comprehensive cybersecurity reforms during the first work period of 2012, according to senators on the committee with jurisdiction over federal computer protections. In a letter sent late Wednesday, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., informed Senate Republicans of his decision to bring legislation...

Most federal IT funding expected to escape super committee's knife

November 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agency technology spending should be able to withstand the outcome of any super committee deal as well as steeper cuts if deficit reduction negotiations collapse, information technology industry groups say. While feds worry their pay and benefits may take a hit, IT contractors expect lawmakers to preserve substantial funding for...

Most federal IT funding expected to escape super committee's knife

November 17, 2011 Agency technology spending should be able to withstand the outcome of any super committee deal as well as steeper cuts if deficit reduction negotiations collapse, information technology industry groups say. Read the rest of this story at Nextgov.com.

Facebook defends tracking of nonmembers as security measure

November 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Citing security reasons, Facebook expects to continue monitoring Web pages that nonmembers and members visit after signing off, despite concerns raised by lawmakers Wednesday following reports of persistent tracking of personal information. The social networking service deposits cookies -- files that transmit browser information -- on the computers of members...

DHS might adopt Defense tech for border surveillance, and hire vets to run it

November 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars may find jobs operating satellite communications, blimps and other surveillance technologies stateside for border control, a Homeland Security Department official said Wednesday. With the drawdown of troops overseas, the Pentagon will have excess equipment and extra personnel to offer the nation, just...

Employees' Droids among biggest government cyber menaces

November 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 2012, agencies should worry about hackers attacking the growing number of federal employees toting their own iPhones and Droids to work, according to a forecast of next year's greatest cyber dangers compiled by M86 Security Labs. On Tuesday, the network security firm is expected to release its annual predictions...

DHS might adopt Defense tech for border surveillance, and hire vets to run it

November 15, 2011 Veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars may find jobs operating satellite communications, blimps and other surveillance technologies stateside for border control, a Homeland Security Department official said Wednesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Cybercrime Watch: Fabricated Dating Profiles

November 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House lawmakers on Tuesday are slated to mull updating a 1986 anti-hacking law that even ideological opponents agree criminalizes innocent Web surfing. However, when a Senate panel discussed the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in September, Justice Department officials argued that changing the penalties could let legitimate bad guys off...

WikiLeaks ruling spotlights outdated e-privacy law

November 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federal court ruling against three individuals allegedly associated with WikiLeaks is fueling the debate over updating a 1980s electronic privacy law. The three argued that the Justice Department's request for personal records from the social media service Twitter constitutes an invasion of privacy. The government sought the data as...

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