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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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Three Years Later, Obama Picks Privacy Police

December 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Almost three years after taking office on a platform of government openness, President Obama has gotten around to completing nominations for an empty board that is supposed to expose counterterrorism injustices. The five nominees still face Senate confirmation. The congressionally-established Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a byproduct of post...

FTC tells global Internet body to cut back domain name plan

December 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wary of fraud, U.S. regulators are asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers not to move forward with plans to accept bids in January for new domain name endings, such as dot-bank. The Federal Trade Commission on Friday sent ICANN, the international body that oversees Web address names,...

Odds of hacker 'shenanigans' during the presidential primaries are high

December 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Expect hackers to try to disgrace presidential candidates with electronic extortion and other forms of digital deception during the upcoming primaries, say some former hackers and computer security specialists. The surge in social networking has coincided with the rise of social engineering, or tricking a computer user into revealing personal...

Odds of hacker 'shenanigans' during the primaries are high

December 16, 2011 Editor's Note: an incorrect link in our e-mail newsletter directed users looking for the story, "Obama signs legislation funding government through Sept. 30" to this page. If you're looking for that article, click here. Expect hackers to try to disgrace presidential candidates with electronic extortion and other forms of digital...

Defense bill tackles WikiLeaks-style insider threats

December 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dismissing White House concerns about the tight timetable, Congress on Thursday sent President Obama a Defense authorization bill for 2012 that would require the Pentagon to install a departmentwide computer monitoring system by October aimed at averting unauthorized data leaks. The measure calls for an insider threat detection program to...

Defense bill tackles WikiLeaks-style insider threats

December 15, 2011 Dismissing White House concerns about the tight timetable, Congress on Thursday sent President Obama a Defense authorization bill for 2012 that would require the Pentagon to install a departmentwide computer monitoring system by October aimed at averting unauthorized data leaks. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

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...