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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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Dangerous Liaisons

August 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Let's start with the fundamental lapse that started this mess--the Defense Department designed the underpinnings of the Internet to make information easy to swap, not easy to secure. Now, efforts to add protections often complicate information sharing. For instance, in an effort to prevent another WikiLeaks-like episode, where an employee...

Dangerous Liaisons

August 15, 2011 High-profile data breaches are tipping the balance between connecting and protecting people. Let's start with the fundamental lapse that started this mess-the Defense Department designed the underpinnings of the Internet to make information easy to swap, not easy to secure. Now, efforts to add protections often complicate information sharing. For...

Administration issues far-reaching plan for building cyber workforce

August 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration on Friday released the first-ever roadmap for building a U.S. cybersecurity workforce and testing the government's success at raising public awareness of computer threats. Currently, there is no definition of what it means to be a cybersecurity professional. The draft strategic plan sets forth a way to...

Government should sell ad space on dot-gov websites, entrepreneur says

August 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the federal government examines ways to save money by simplifying the dot-gov domain, some companies and jurisdictions say it actually should be making money off its Web pages. Federal guidance prohibits online commercial advertising on all dot-gov pages, even state and local websites. Because the General Services Administration operates...

NASA awards $10 million flight services contract to seven firms

August 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Space tourism company Virgin Galactic is among seven companies NASA has tapped to take over cargo flights, as early as next month, as part of a new commercial direction for the U.S. space program. This week's announcement of the combined $10 million flight services contract follows the July return trip...

From Nextgov: NASA awards $10 million flight services contract to seven firms

August 10, 2011 Space tourism company Virgin Galactic is among seven companies NASA has tapped to take over cargo flights, as early as next month, as part of a new commercial direction for the U.S. space program. Read the full story on Nextgov.

GAO raps State's computer security monitoring program

August 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department's pioneering efforts to automate the tracking of computer threats have failed to provide a holistic picture of its cybersecurity posture, federal auditors reported Monday afternoon. In 2010, the department was at the forefront of a governmentwide shift to "continuous monitoring" of data security, Government Accountability Office auditors...

Panetta Invokes Pearl Harbor While Anonymous Calls for Revolution

August 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's greatest enemy in cyberspace may be U.S. cyber "revolutionaries." While visiting the U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska on Friday, Panetta invoked the image of Pearl Harbor, as he has done before, to warn soldiers about the threat an attack against critical infrastructure networks would pose to...

Verizon strike isn't likely to disrupt federal communications

August 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government customers of Verizon, a huge player in the federal marketplace, should not experience outages or data losses while the firm's wired communications employees strike for what observers say could be months, the company and telecommunications experts said Monday. But the deployment of new services could be delayed by a...

From Nextgov: Verizon strike isn't likely to disrupt federal communications

August 8, 2011 Government customers of Verizon, a huge player in the federal marketplace, should not experience outages or data losses while the firm's wired communications employees strike for what observers say could be months, the company and telecommunications experts said Monday. Read the full story on Nextgov.