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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 details contract for second try at Southwest virtual fence

December 9, 2011 The Homeland Security Department has published an expected draft solicitation for bids on a successor to a failed $1 billion virtual border fence. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

National security probes into foreign acquisitions of U.S. firms climb

December 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Investigations into potential security risks posed by foreign takeovers of U.S. companies, including many information technology firms, have increased 23 percentage points in recent years, according to a new federal assessment. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States this week reported to Congress that 35 international business transactions...

Agencies, contractors get rules of the road for cloud security approvals

December 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal cloud providers by June 2012 will have to comply with new uniform security controls so that multiple agencies can piggyback off the certifications for faster installation, White House officials announced Thursday. To more quickly slice $5 billion from the government's annual $80 billion information technology tab, the Obama administration...

Agencies, contractors get rules of the road for cloud security approvals

December 8, 2011 Federal cloud providers by June 2012 will have to comply with new uniform security controls so that multiple agencies can piggyback off the certifications for faster installation, White House officials announced Thursday. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Indie Programmer Tries Debunking Phone Spying Myths

December 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As lawmakers dispatch letters to cellphone-monitoring firm Carrier IQ, outraged over tales of the Silicon Valley company tracking callers' keystrokes, one independent programmer says the software is not capable of recording button-pressing beyond dialed numbers. Carrier IQ provides wireless companies with reliability statistics based on data transmitted from Carrier IQ...

New cyber info-sharing measure gets nod from privacy proponents

December 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was updated to include comments from a House Intelligence Committee staff member. A House Homeland Security Committee draft bill that would create a nonprofit entity to share information on cyber threats has gained favor with some privacy advocates who are concerned that a competing bill already passed by...

Verizon becomes first firm to offer certified online ID protection

December 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Verizon has become the first company certified to offer high-level online identity protection for federal personnel and visitors to dot-gov websites, officials at the telecommunications firm announced Monday morning. With agencies under budgetary pressure to move services online and data breaches spiking, ID providers are vying to offer departments, as...

Verizon becomes first firm to offer certified online ID protection

December 5, 2011 Verizon has become the first company certified to offer high-level online identity protection for federal personnel and visitors to dot-gov websites, officials at the telecommunications firm announced Monday morning. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

DHS to Holiday Shoppers: Beware of Cyber Crooks

December 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Information technology managers and federal employees should be on high alert for e-mail scams and malicious software this holiday shopping season, Homeland Security Department officials warn. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, part of DHS, has reissued a cyber activity notice from last year, reminding computer users there is a...

Delayed again -- troubled immigration processing system encounters new hurdles

December 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The long-delayed launch of a troubled $1.7 billion online system for reviewing immigration applications has been postponed indeterminately because the tool is not functioning properly, according to internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memos reviewed by Nextgov. USCIS officials as recently as last month told auditors the Transformation project would...

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