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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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New TSA tool helps agencies delete confidential data from public documents

October 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Transportation Security Administration invention that automates what was a 15-step process for redacting sensitive information from public documents is now a popular tool in the intelligence community, the agency's chief information officer says. This week a cybersecurity professional association honored TSA CIO Emma Garrison-Alexander for spearheading the creation of...

White House may cut purse strings to enforce online credentialing

October 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies that fail to give website visitors the option to log on with outside credentials, such as their Gmail usernames and passwords, may lose funding, White House officials told Nextgov. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel last week released a long-awaited memorandum requiring that, over the next three years,...

Facial recognition apps spark privacy concerns in Congress

October 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As social media firms and law enforcement agencies increasingly use facial recognition technology to facilitate public and online service, privacy issues surrounding the commercial apps, at least, are raising eyebrows in Congress. On Wednesday, Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, requested...

Cybersecurity could be a bright spot in otherwise flat IT budgets

October 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cybersecurity spending is expected to accelerate during the next five years at the Defense Department and civilian agencies, despite overall flat information technology budgets, according to a new industry forecast. The increasing severity of computer network breaches likely will influence funding levels, with Defensewide cyber spending starting at more than...

Cybersecurity could be a bright spot in otherwise flat IT budgets

October 18, 2011 Cybersecurity spending is expected to accelerate during the next five years at the Defense Department and civilian agencies, despite overall flat information technology budgets, according to a new industry forecast. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Homeland Security cyber protection office's fate is up in the air

October 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House is poised to vote on a measure that would not create a permanent Homeland Security Department cybersecurity office, after a committee on Thursday passed authorization legislation that does not mention the program. The move represents a departure from the Senate's version of the bill, which would retain and...

Air Force disputes drone virus reports

October 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In an atypical disclosure, military officials on Wednesday night divulged details of a virus that infected computers supporting drones that fly over battlefields. The announcement came after reports surfaced that malicious software recording the keystrokes of pilots based in Nevada had wreaked havoc on U.S. Predatory and Reaper unmanned aerial...

Privacy concerns might freeze program profiling terrorism suspects

October 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is considering whether to halt part of a program that probes profiles of suspects for links to terrorist activity, after federal auditors found the scope of the initiative violates privacy guidelines, federal officials said Tuesday evening. The Pattern Analysis and Information Collection program, or ICEPIC,...

Privacy concerns might freeze program profiling terrorism suspects

October 11, 2011 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is considering whether to halt part of a program that probes profiles of suspects for links to terrorist activity, after federal auditors found the scope of the initiative violates privacy guidelines, according to a government report released Friday afternoon. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Agency Buy-In Is Key to Obama's Anti-WikiLeaks Order

October 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government office charged with declassifying confidential information cheered President Obama's new directions to agencies on thwarting insiders who feed websites like WikiLeaks with secret files before their classification time is up. On Friday, Obama issued a long-awaited executive order in response to the scandal surrounding a soldier accused of...

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