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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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...

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...

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