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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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Pentagon's cyber strategy aims to quell fears of militarizing cyberspace

July 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon plans on July 14 to release a much-anticipated cyberspace operations strategy that, contrary to some expectations, does not call for militarizing the domain. According to an unclassified draft copy of the framework obtained by Nextgov, the goal is to extinguish any hope enemies may have of accomplishing a...

From Nextgov: Pentagon's cyber strategy aims to quell fears of militarizing cyberspace

July 8, 2011 The Pentagon plans on July 14 to release a much-anticipated cyberspace operations strategy that, contrary to some expectations, does not call for militarizing the domain. According to an unclassified draft copy of the framework obtained by Nextgov, the goal is to extinguish any hope enemies may have of accomplishing a...

Threat of destructive coding on foreign-manufactured technology is real

July 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government has identified technology components in the U.S. supply chain that have been embedded with security flaws, the top U.S. civilian cybersecurity official said Thursday. Greg Schaffer, acting deputy undersecretary of the Homeland Security Department National Protection and Programs Directorate, confirmed the threat during a House Oversight and...

IG: Homeland Security system flaws stymie ability to secure cyberspace

July 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federal inspection has uncovered weaknesses in Homeland Security Department systems that house information regarding critical U.S. networks. In the United States, DHS is responsible for securing cyberspace. The June review, which was distributed in redacted form late Wednesday, examined the safeguards for two department systems that contain sensitive data...

From Nextgov: Threat of destructive coding on foreign-manufactured technology is real

July 7, 2011 The federal government has identified technology components in the U.S. supply chain that have been embedded with security flaws, the top U.S. civilian cybersecurity official said Thursday. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Former CIA Director: Build a new Internet to improve cybersecurity

July 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States may seriously want to consider creating a new Internet infrastructure to reduce the threat of cyberattacks, said Michael Hayden, President George W. Bush's CIA director. Several current federal officials, including U.S. Cyber Command chief Gen. Keith Alexander, also have floated the concept of a ".secure" network for...

When Twitter Disinformation Crosses the Line

July 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Twitter rose to power, giving anyone with an Internet connection the ability to post memos on a massive online bulletin board, everyone knew misinformation would spread like summer wildfire. Over the years, viral tweets have prematurely killed off Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman, among other celebrities. Disinformation...

U.S. and Russia among 22 nations supporting international cyber resolution

July 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russia and the United States are co-sponsoring a resolution to pre-empt cyberattacks that an influential international body is expected to adopt this week, according to a Belgium parliamentary member who introduced the decree. The proposal calls for member nations to exchange information about the way they intend to deploy cyber...

UN Regional Partner to Vote on Cybersecurity Decree

July 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The 56 participating nations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, including the United States, will vote next week in Serbia on a resolution to improve cybersecurity cooperation. The decree, if approved, would be included in an annual doctrine -- the Belgrade Declaration -- that represents the collective...

Apparent wave of cyber breaches is an illusion

June 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A proliferation of hacktivists and frustration with cleanup costs are prompting agencies and companies to disclose breaches they would have kept under wraps in the past, Internet security researchers say. While it may seem that cyber crooks are poking into databases more frequently based on increased media coverage, the fact...