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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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From Nextgov.com: White House considers relaxing cloud security requirements

January 28, 2011 Obama administration officials are considering relaxing some security requirements for cloud computing certification to expedite deployments, after the software industry raised concerns about impractical, one-size-fits-all controls, federal officials said. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Defense is building a database to analyze all network traffic

January 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department is building a database to cull traffic from networks across government and other sectors, which will participate on a voluntary basis, to develop a fuller view of online threats, a top Defense official said. U.S. Cyber Command, the Defense Department's new joint-service organization created primarily to protect...

House, Senate Judiciary chairs clash over extending online spy provisions

January 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House and Senate committee leaders on Wednesday backed dueling legislation to extend online surveillance provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that are set to expire at the end of February. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced the bipartisan 2011 USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act, which would continue...

New border surveillance project faces same problems that doomed SBInet

January 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With its new request for information on its second attempt to connect video surveillance towers, the Homeland Security Department is following the same path that led to a failed $1 billion virtual fence across part of the Southwest border, several management and security experts told Nextgov. The RFI, issued Jan....

From Nextgov.com: House, Senate Judiciary chairs clash over extending online spy provisions

January 26, 2011 House and Senate committee leaders on Wednesday backed dueling legislation to extend online surveillance provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that are set to expire at the end of February. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Army officials advocate energy networks to help soldiers refuel on the go

January 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department needs a policy that will motivate troops to build scalable energy networks so they can find places to refuel on the fly, Army officials said on Monday. If achieved, such an arrangement would allow soldiers to create ad hoc communications networks and locate energy hot spots for...

Christian Slater, Hacker

January 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Fox is out with a trailer for its upcoming comedy series, "Breaking In," starring Christian Slater, about a team of brainiacs that makes its money by testing office security systems for weaknesses. The TV twist is that the cyber sleuths also are hackers. The network describes the show as "a...

Open-government initiative marks two-year milestone

January 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two years ago Friday, on his first day in office, President Obama issued a memo aimed at making government operations more transparent. While open government advocates have largely panned the effort over what they call toothless policies, a regulatory compliance initiative announced Tuesday is giving some of those critics new...

DHS Seeks Info on SBInet 2

January 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has begun the process of contracting to replace the border security network it scrapped last week, by issuing a request for information on interconnected surveillance towers, department officials said on Wednesday. The market research is part of the department's new plan to acquire proven, ready-made technology...

FEMA chief taps social media's potential for aiding disaster response

January 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A cell phone starts shaking on a coffee table in California, instantly triggering an application that alerts the phone's owner to drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on until the earthquake stops. The resident sends a text message through the social media...