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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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Kundra Encourages Open Source...& Proprietary

January 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials on Friday sent agency chief information officers and senior procurement executives a memo directing them to weigh open source options when buying technology. Open source refers to technology based on nonproprietary parts, which allow third-party developers to improve and modify the product without having to pay the...

Commerce announces new shop to oversee online security

January 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is creating an office that will coordinate with the private sector to establish a secure pathway for people, organizations and computer programs to execute online transactions, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced on Friday. The office will be part of a credentialing initiative outlined in President Obama's 2009...

From Nextgov.com: Commerce announces new shop to oversee online security

January 7, 2011 The Obama administration is creating an office that will coordinate with the private sector to establish a secure pathway for people, organizations and computer programs to execute online transactions, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced on Friday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Nuke Agency Hires New CIO

January 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Nuclear Security Administration has named Robert Osborn as chief information officer to fill a vacancy created last February when the former CIO took a job at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. James Cavanaugh, associate principal deputy administrator, had been serving as acting CIO. The agency, which manages the...

Key lawmaker wants to limit full-body screening at airports

January 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A key lawmaker wants to prohibit TSA from using advanced imaging technology in primary security screening.Brian Kersey/Newscom A key lawmaker wants to prohibit the Transportation Security Administration from using full-body scanners for primary screening at airports, a congressional staff member said Thursday. An aide to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said...

From Nextgov.com: Key lawmaker wants to limit full-body screening at airports

January 6, 2011 A key lawmaker wants to prohibit the Transportation Security Administration from using full-body scanners for primary screening at airports, a congressional staff member said Thursday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Spammers Tire of E-mail

January 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Good news: Spam is quickly disappearing from inboxes without any assistance from e-mail filters. Bad news: Spammers now are rapidly infiltrating your private data through fraudulent "click-through" ads on your Web browser and attacks on your social networks. Brian Krebs, a cybersecurity blogger and former Washington Post reporter, tells us...

Feds may weigh changes to information security requirements

January 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Before a military employee allegedly leaked a mountain of classified documents to WikiLeaks, reportedly by downloading data to a music CD, the White House had been in the middle of updating rules on reporting agency network weaknesses. Obama officials have not said whether they will revise the reporting guidelines further...

U.S.-Qatar pact aims to strengthen aviation screening

January 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the Qatar government have reached an accord on information sharing that includes coordinating cybersecurity and body scanning strategies to thwart al Qaeda, according to a letter of intent released on Tuesday. The United States and Qatar will "promote increased partnership with the DHS and...

Labor looks to contractor for more help with financial management

January 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Labor Department plans to award a noncompetitive contract for additional help with its new financial management system to Global Computer Enterprises, a firm already supporting the modern, cloud-like setup that it installed under a $50 million deal last year. Labor contracting officers intend to enter a fixed-price pact for...