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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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Aftermath of WikiLeaks flap underscores vulnerabilities of the cloud

December 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Denial-of-service attacks in the aftermath of the WikiLeaks incident show the vulnerabilities agencies face as they shift to cloud computing, say several cybersecurity specialists. The online infrastructures underpinning WikiLeaks and the cloud -- where the White House wants to move government information technology systems -- depend on third-parties to stay...

From Nextgov.com: Aftermath of WikiLeaks flap underscores vulnerabilities of the cloud

December 13, 2010 Denial-of-service attacks in the aftermath of the WikiLeaks incident show the vulnerabilities agencies face as they shift to cloud computing, say several cybersecurity specialists. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Postal Service names new chief information officer

December 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The new postmaster general has replaced the agency's chief information officer, Ross Philo, with Ellis Burgoyne, a former mail delivery manager, as part of an effort to boost profits and expedite shipments. The switch is one of several managerial changes that Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe announced on Wednesday, including...

NASA gets a head start on cybersecurity improvements

December 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While other federal agencies wait for the White House and lawmakers to conclude their battle over stalled cyber legislation, NASA now has its own mandate to manage cyber threats using real-time intelligence. Before breaking for campaign season, space fans in Congress quietly pushed through a workaround in a law that...

25-Point Plan for Overhauling IT Contracts

December 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials on Thursday morning released a 25-point implementation plan to execute one of the biggest information technology contracting overhauls since the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act. The problem the plan aims to tackle: Productivity gains in the private sector have outpaced government performance even though federal agencies spent about $600...

White House details sweeping changes to federal computing

December 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government's chief information officer on Thursday detailed proposals for some of the most sweeping changes to hit federal computing since the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act created agency CIO jobs. Most of the 25-point action plan revolves around trying to establish a so-called modular approach to launching new applications, in which...

White House kills e-flood insurance project

December 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has pulled the plug on a program to automate the processing of flood insurance claims, as part of a review of vital information technology systems at risk of squandering the government's nearly $80 billion IT budget. Federal officials recently reviewed 16 of 26 projects that were incurring...

From Nextgov.com: White House details sweeping changes to federal computing

December 9, 2010 The government's chief information officer on Thursday detailed proposals for some of the most sweeping changes to hit federal computing since the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act created agency CIO jobs. Most of the 25-point action plan revolves around trying to establish a so-called modular approach to launching new applications, in which...

State Tweets Down Wikileaks

December 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department has taken to the Twittersphere to shoot down rumors the government pressured PayPal to sever ties with WikiLeaks, which had been using the online payment service to collect donations. "The U.S. government did not write to PayPal requesting any action regarding #WikiLeaks. Not true," State spokesman P.J....

Advocacy group urges a broader view of data mining

December 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many federal efforts that arguably use data mining might be flying under the radar because the law requiring agencies to report on such activities applies a very narrow definition of the practice, according to a Constitution Project report released on Tuesday. Broadening that definition was among several policy recommendations the...