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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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Wyden seeks to clarify when government can track mobile data

March 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Forthcoming proposed restrictions on government's ability to track the location of possible criminal suspects through mobile devices could have the unintended consequence of deterring federal authorities from legally using such location-based data to save lives, say law enforcement technology experts. Concerns about privacy have prompted lawmakers, civil rights groups and...

From Nextgov.com: Wyden seeks to clarify when government can track mobile data

March 23, 2011 Forthcoming proposed restrictions on government's ability to track the location of possible criminal suspects through mobile devices could have the unintended consequence of deterring federal authorities from legally using such location-based data to save lives, say law enforcement technology experts. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Agencies Look to the Cloud for Help with Digital ID Requirement

March 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some agencies are turning to cloud computing providers to fulfill a requirement that they install smart card readers on all federal facilities by October. The Obama administration recently clamped down on enforcement of the 2004 Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 that requires federal employees and contractors possess IDs embedded with...

RSA security breach compromised federal network ID tool

March 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A product many federal employees use to log on to computers and networks should be regarded as compromised, due to the infiltration of key information about the application during a cyberattack against manufacturer RSA, some security experts said. The Homeland Security Department -- the civilian agency that oversees commercial and...

From Nextgov.com: RSA security breach compromised key federal networks, expert says

March 21, 2011 A product many federal employees use to log on to computers and networks should be regarded as compromised, due to the infiltration of key information about the application during a cyberattack against manufacturer RSA, some security experts said. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

DHS, Agencies Take Precautions In Wake of RSA Breach

March 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is coordinating with agencies to ensure federal networks are not compromised by a cyber attack Thursday that hit computer security contractor RSA, DHS officials said Friday. On Thursday, RSA reported an intrusion that stole information related to an RSA product, SecurID, that its customers use to...

Cyberattacks against federal networks were up 40 percent in 2010

March 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The number of attacks against federal networks increased nearly 40 percent last year, while the number of incidents targeting U.S. computers overall was down roughly 1 percent for the same period, according to a new White House report to Congress on federal computer security. "Malicious code through multiple means," such...

From Nextgov.com: Cyberattacks on federal networks up 40 percent in 2010

March 18, 2011 The number of attacks against federal networks increased nearly 40 percent last year, while the number of incidents targeting U.S. computers overall was down roughly 1 percent for the same period, according to a new White House report to Congress on federal computer security. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

OMB: It takes money to save money in IT operations

March 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget needs more money to facilitate face-to-face meetings with agency leaders to review faltering information technology projects so they can enforce corrective actions promised during those sessions, the federal chief information officer said on Thursday. So-called TechStat sessions, which OMB began conducting in January 2010,...

Cybersecurity education initiative seeks training metrics

March 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Coordinating interagency efforts to train aspiring cybersecurity specialists, federal employees and the public on data protection is a tall order for Ernest McDuffie, the lead manager for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education. Activities to promote safe Web surfing habits include a public awareness campaign, formal cybersecurity education programs, federal...