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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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From Nextgov.com: White House set to complete security standards for cloud computing services in 2011

December 2, 2010 The Obama administration expects to finalize a one-size-fits-all set of security standards for cloud computing services within six months, after wrapping up talks with industry in mid-January 2011, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said on Thursday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Two agencies favor Do Not Track option to protect Web user privacy

December 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Commerce Department believes industry practices to protect Internet users' privacy, such as the creation of a Do Not Track online tool, should be voluntary but enforceable, a department official said on Wednesday. "With or without legislation, we will have to upgrade the role of voluntary but enforceable codes of ...

Watchdog cites gaps in security of wireless devices

December 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal auditors have found holes in the security of wireless technology, including smart phones, Bluetooth devices and laptop computers, that federal employees use regularly in the office and on the go. "Until [agencies] take steps to fully implement leading security practices, federal wireless networks will remain at increased vulnerability to ...

Cybersecurity’s Moon Shot

December 1, 2010 NASA is leading the way with a mandate to manage computer risks in real time. While other federal agencies wait for the White House and lawmakers to conclude their battle over stalled cyber legislation, NASA now has its own mandate to manage cyber threats using real-time intelligence. Before breaking for ...

Food Surveillance System Closer To Reality

November 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Food and Drug Administration may have to bulk up on information technology if the House signs off on surveillance measures in a food safety bill the Senate passed Tuesday. Three months after enactment of S. 510, FDA would have to create an online search engine that allows people to ...

TSA seeks better airport screening methods

November 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A month before the public outcry over the use of full-body scanners at airports, the Transportation Security Administration already was seeking alternative technologies to improve public safety. On Oct. 1, TSA announced plans to award research and development funding during the next year for security innovations, including enhanced passenger and ...

From Nextgov.com: TSA seeks improved airport screening methods

November 30, 2010 A month before the public outcry over the use of full-body scanners at airports, the Transportation Security Administration already was seeking alternative technologies to improve public safety. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Countering WikiLeaks could stifle information sharing

November 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government can't do much, from a technical standpoint, to thwart the inappropriate interception of classified information by internal personnel -- without imposing controls that would stifle information sharing, former Justice Department officials say. In the aftermath of the latest release of secret government documents on the WikiLeaks website, the ...

From Nextgov.com: Countering WikiLeaks could stifle information sharing

November 29, 2010 The government can't do much, from a technical standpoint, to thwart the inappropriate interception of classified information by internal personnel -- without imposing controls that would stifle information sharing, former Justice Department officials say. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Postal Service IG examines cyber incident data

November 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service is auditing a database that tracks USPS cyber incidents to determine whether the information it has been collecting is reliable, said agency officials in the Office of the Inspector General. The review, which the IG's office launched on Nov. 22, comes at ...