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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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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...

From Nextgov.com: OMB says it takes money to save money in IT

March 17, 2011 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. Read the whole story on Nextgov.com.

Cyber Command Chief: DoD Moving to the Cloud

March 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department organization charged with cyber combat is reinforcing military networks by moving much of DoD's computing to a space many civilian agencies view as insecure - the cloud. Cloud computing is the practice of storing and accessing applications in a shared online environment, instead of on in-house servers....

OMB approved Homeland Security's flawed financial management contract award

March 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department improperly awarded CACI a contract worth nearly $500 million for a financial management system by changing contract requirements mid-competition without allowing vendors to submit revised proposals, according to a legal decision by federal auditors. The Government Accountability Office verdict, released Wednesday, also noted that the Office...

Successor to virtual border fence faulted by auditor

March 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has provided no evidence that a new plan to intertwine surveillance technologies across the nation's southern border will be more practical and cost-efficient than the failed $1.5 billion virtual fence the project is supposed to replace, a federal auditor said on Tuesday. In January, DHS scuttled...

U.S. supercomputer experts assess radiation risks amid crisis at Japanese nuclear facility

March 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. agency charged with protecting America's nuclear weapons has deployed a team of stateside supercomputer experts to gauge the radiation risks posed by the nuclear crisis in Japan. In addition to safeguarding the nuclear stockpile, the National Nuclear Security Administration is regarded as the chief responder to any radiological...

From Nextgov: U.S. supercomputer experts assess radiation risks amid crisis at Japanese nuclear facility

March 14, 2011 The U.S. agency charged with protecting America's nuclear weapons has deployed a team of stateside supercomputer experts to gauge the radiation risks posed by the nuclear crisis in Japan. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.