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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Corporate Intelligence

November 1, 2011 More businesses want access to classified information about threats to vital networks. Businesses operating critical infrastructure, such as the energy and banking sectors, want to join a new government program that would give them access to classified intelligence on cyber threats. The program, which is currently restricted to certain defense...

U.S. satellite breaches may be linked to China

October 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow China may have been flaunting its scientific capabilities by meddling with U.S. Earth observation satellites in past years, according to space and computer security experts. Two unusual incidents involving signals targeting a U.S. Geological Survey satellite in 2007 and 2008 were referred to the Defense Department for investigation, USGS officials...

Clinton and Brits Confront Hacker Groups

October 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join her United Kingdom counterparts at a cyberspace conference in London on Nov. 1, just days after British officials acknowledged they received international help in battling cybercrime -- and could use more of it. On Oct. 28, the website of the U.K.'s Foreign and...

DHS drones to monitor nearly entire northern border

October 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department plans to fly sensor-mounted unmanned aircraft along a greater expanse of the 5,500-mile border with Canada to spot illegal activity, DHS officials told members of Congress on Friday. Along the rugged northern border, remotely controlled planes -- variants of Pentagon drones -- are better than ground...

Defense cyber chief: The cloud is the military's next Internet

October 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Military networks and software must be tied to the cloud to defend Defense Department computers against adversaries, the Pentagon's cyber chief said Wednesday night. Currently, Defense data reside on three main systems that cannot be centrally secured, creating disparate levels of protection that serve as entryways for ever evolving malicious...

Defense cyber chief: The cloud is the military's next Internet

October 27, 2011 Military networks and software must be tied to the cloud to defend Defense Department computers against adversaries, the Pentagon's cyber chief said Wednesday night. Read the whole story at

Federal cyber rules halt LAPD's move to Google Apps

October 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow FBI security rules are holding up the Los Angeles Police Department's move to Google Web-based email and office applications, according to contractors. The federal policies, which relate to confidentiality of criminal history data, could prevent certain agencies from ever moving operations to the cloud, or third-party data centers that provide...

$2 Million Tab for DoE Computer Break-Ins

October 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department paid more than $2 million to recover from several recent cyberattacks, according to agency auditors. An annual review of Energy's unclassified cybersecurity observed network weaknesses have increased 60 percent between fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011, the department's inspector general reports. The security holes include weak access controls,...

Officials: China needs to do more to combat intellectual property theft

October 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States made unprecedented strides during the past year in combating what remains a huge problem of piracy in China, federal officials told lawmakers on Tuesday. Ties between the two countries have frayed lately over China's handling of intellectual property rights, currency policy and access to Chinese markets, prompting...

Futures regulators want smartphone hacking device

October 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is searching for a phone hacking tool to investigate suspects' mobile devices for evidence of links to Ponzi schemes, insider trades and other illicit dealings. With Americans' increasing reliance on smartphones, evidence of fraud often can be found in phonebook contacts, call history logs, text...

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