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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 Finds No Evidence Hackers Penetrated Illinois Water Plant

November 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is no proof that anyone infiltrated a computer network operating a water plant in Springfield, Ill., despite earlier reports that hackers located in Russia may have penetrated the facility's control system, federal officials have concluded. A state fusion center report, first made public by reputable cybersecurity expert Joe Weiss,...

USCIS mismanaged immigration processing project, auditors report

November 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For three years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been mishandling a $1.7 billion project that is supposed to digitize casework, resulting in a premature contract award, implementation delays and hundreds of millions of wasted dollars, according to federal auditors. In November 2008, the agency, part of the Homeland Security...

Lawmakers pad FBI cyber schooling funds

November 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress will pay the FBI an additional $18.6 million to better investigate computer hacking cases, following a federal study that found a third of bureau agents probing breaches significant to national security lacked the necessary networking and counterintelligence skills. A spending package passed Nov. 17 to fund many federal agencies...

Experts caution against overreacting to potential water plant hack

November 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An ongoing investigation into the possible hack of a U.S. water plant should trigger a methodical analysis of the security of the nation's industrial systems to avoid jumping to the wrong conclusions, former federal cybersecurity officials say. The Homeland Security Department's cyber response team and the FBI are gathering facts...

DHS to start vetting virtual fence contractors by February

November 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department plans as soon as January to open bidding on a 10-year contract to replace a failed $1 billion border surveillance project, according to DHS officials. Two weeks after a federal audit lambasted the department's plans for a follow-on project, it announced Thursday afternoon that it will...

DHS to start vetting virtual fence contractors by February

November 18, 2011 The Homeland Security Department plans as soon as January to open bidding on a 10-year contract to replace a failed $1 billion border surveillance project, according to DHS officials. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Senate Punts Cybersecurity to 2012

November 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate plans to hold a vote on comprehensive cybersecurity reforms during the first work period of 2012, according to senators on the committee with jurisdiction over federal computer protections. In a letter sent late Wednesday, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., informed Senate Republicans of his decision to bring legislation...

Most federal IT funding expected to escape super committee's knife

November 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agency technology spending should be able to withstand the outcome of any super committee deal as well as steeper cuts if deficit reduction negotiations collapse, information technology industry groups say. While feds worry their pay and benefits may take a hit, IT contractors expect lawmakers to preserve substantial funding for...

Most federal IT funding expected to escape super committee's knife

November 17, 2011 Agency technology spending should be able to withstand the outcome of any super committee deal as well as steeper cuts if deficit reduction negotiations collapse, information technology industry groups say. Read the rest of this story at Nextgov.com.

Facebook defends tracking of nonmembers as security measure

November 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Citing security reasons, Facebook expects to continue monitoring Web pages that nonmembers and members visit after signing off, despite concerns raised by lawmakers Wednesday following reports of persistent tracking of personal information. The social networking service deposits cookies -- files that transmit browser information -- on the computers of members...

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