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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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TSA to speed screening for frequent fliers in October

September 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Transportation Security Administration next month plans to let certain frequent fliers keep on their shoes and speed through a reserved intake lane as part of an attempt to focus attention on higher-risk passengers, TSA Administrator John Pistole said on Monday. The Trusted Traveler test, which was first announced in...

TSA to speed screening for frequent fliers in October

September 6, 2011 The Transportation Security Administration next month plans to let certain frequent fliers keep on their shoes and speed through a reserved intake lane as part of an attempt to focus attention on higher-risk passengers, TSA Administrator John Pistole said on Monday. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Cloud Industry Devising Privacy Standards for Mobile Apps

September 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a move to discourage government regulation, a major cloud software association will partner with privacy groups and social media sites to establish protections for smartphone apps. The 500-member Software and Information Industry Association announced on Thursday that it has joined a nonprofit working group to formulate industry standards for...

Fraudsters exploit leaked dot-mil addresses

September 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A July leak of 90,000 military email addresses and passwords has helped swindlers commit online fraud, FBI officials said. The hacktivist group Anonymous on July 11 announced it had obtained, and later posted, the confidential data by cracking a computer system at defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Now, imposters are...

Fraudsters exploit leaked dot-mil addresses

September 2, 2011 A July leak of 90,000 military email addresses and passwords has helped swindlers commit online fraud, FBI officials said. The hacktivist group Anonymous on July 11 announced it had obtained, and later posted, the confidential data by cracking a computer system at defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Now, imposters are...

Identity thieves increasingly target children

September 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A recent investigation into illegal immigrants who were hired by a Texas nursing home after they bought Social Security cards revealed that seven of the identification numbers on the fake cards belonged to children, a Social Security Administration special agent said Thursday. Increasingly, identity thieves are hacking computers at schools...

Field Fusion

September 1, 2011 Regional centers share records on suspected terrorists. A police officer driving by a King County, Wash., dam that supplies drinking water in the Seattle area notices a hole in a chain-link fence surrounding the premises. He interviews passersby to see whether they saw anybody with a wire cutter. His training...

GAO reviews Americans' interest-level in cyber jobs

August 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal auditors are conducting a human capital study to gauge the draw, or lack thereof, of cybersecurity careers, Government Accountability Office researchers said. Government and industry officials, as well as employment postings and university degree programs, regularly tantalize job seekers with estimates that the country needs about 30,000 information security...

GAO reviews Americans' interest-level in cyber jobs

August 31, 2011 Federal auditors are conducting a human capital study to gauge the draw, or lack thereof, of cybersecurity careers, Government Accountability Office researchers said. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Most federal websites fail to install add-ons for thwarting site redirects, despite mandate

August 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A year and a half after a White House-imposed deadline, only 23 percent of federal websites have employed mandatory security measures to prevent hackers from transferring visitors to bogus websites, a General Services Administration official told Nextgov. The George W. Bush administration in August 2008 directed all agencies to adopt...