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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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OMB to Detail IT Overhaul Via Webcast

December 2, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During a webcast next Thursday morning, Office of Management and Budget officials will flesh out the Obama administration's recently-announced strategy to update the way agencies acquire and access information technology. The Dec. 9 Forum on IT Management Reform will be held at the White House at 8:30 a.m. and streamed...

DHS to Conduct Wireless Security Audits

December 2, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In light of the discovery that government-issued mobile devices lack security protections, the Homeland Security Department is taking steps to safeguard the executive branch's wireless networks, DHS officials said this week. The Government Accountability Office on Tuesday released a report documenting holes in security guidelines for laptops that are simultaneously...

White House set to complete security standards for cloud computing services next year

December 2, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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. Cloud computing is the practice of subscribing, as-needed, for hardware and software from...

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