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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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FBI to launch nationwide facial recognition service

October 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI by mid-January will activate a nationwide facial recognition service in select states that will allow local police to identify unknown subjects in photos, bureau officials told Nextgov. The federal government is embarking on a multiyear, $1 billion dollar overhaul of the FBI's existing fingerprint database to more quickly...

FBI to launch nationwide facial recognition service

October 7, 2011 The FBI by mid-January will activate a nationwide facial recognition service in select states that will allow local police to identify unknown subjects in photos, bureau officials told Nextgov. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

FedRAMP service expects to meet vendors' demand for cloud certifications by late 2012

October 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies this fall will be able to pick from a small menu of precertified cloud services, but most products will not be covered by a new security program intended to cut down the cost and time of accrediting technologies until 2012, General Services Administration officials told House members Thursday. FedRAMP,...

Departing Pentagon official warns against cutting cybersecurity funding

October 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If Congress fails to broker a deficit reduction deal, the Pentagon will be forced to halt information technology upgrades and shrink military forces, but still will have to boost funding for cyberspace security, outgoing Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said Wednesday. The Defense Department faces, at best, upwards...

GAO: Federal network security breaches spike 650 percent

October 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Reports of network security incidents at federal agencies have soared 650 percent during the past half-decade, jeopardizing the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive government information, federal auditors charged in a congressionally mandated report. The most prevalent types of cyber events included infections from malicious code -- 30 percent of incidents;...

Emerging Leaders

October 1, 2011 Young executives are taking their passion for public service to the top. As government grapples with seemingly intractable problems like shrinking budgets, overlapping missions and cumbersome processes from bygone days, there is some good news. Young leaders are stepping up to redefine the way federal agencies work through better technology,...

Keys to the Kingdom

October 1, 2011 Agency IT managers are scrambling to prevent employees' personal phones and tablets from creating new openings for hackers. Ready or not, iPhones, iPads, Droids and other personal wireless devices are invading the federal workplace. Almost no formal security policies or procedures are in place yet to protect agency networks from...

Experts chide TSA for poor risk assessment of security measures

September 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. Control over passenger screening technology should be shifted to airlines because the private sector is better than the Transportation Security Administration at making economical security choices based on risk management analyses, officials from a libertarian think tank said during a Capitol Hill briefing Friday. Jim...

Experts chide TSA for poor risk assessment of security measures

September 30, 2011 Control over passenger screening technology should be shifted to airlines because the private sector is better than the Transportation Security Administration at making economical security choices based on risk management analyses, officials from a libertarian think tank said during a Capitol Hill briefing Friday. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Software licensing issues delay Pentagon's computer security plan

September 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A forthcoming DVD containing standard security settings for quickly configuring computers on the battlefield likely cannot be used departmentwide until each service's multiyear software licenses expire, Pentagon officials said. The point of the unified master gold disk, set to become available during the first quarter of 2012, is to reduce...

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