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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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HP Clinches $2.5B NASA Deal for PCs

December 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hewlett Packard has nabbed a 10-year NASA megadeal potentially worth $2.5 billion to manage employees' personal computers and peripheral technology, space agency officials announced on Monday. The job entails providing, securing and servicing most staff computers, agency software, mobile technology services, printers and other supporting infrastructure. Herndon, Va.-based HP Enterprise...

McAfee: Coming cyber threats to target mobile devices, official secrets

December 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The biggest cyber threats in 2011 are expected to include, among other new risks, malicious applications on mobile devices and attacks aimed at stealing government secrets and sabotaging business operations, according to McAfee. The computer security firm annually issues a list predicting what will be the biggest cyber scares during...

U.S. Time Capsule Opens, Online

December 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Archives and Records Administration just opened a door to what the agency expects will become a sort of time capsule containing U.S. historical materials that future generations will be able to access irrespective of innovations in technology. A prototype of Online Public Access, which launched Monday, lets average...

Whistleblower Bill: Fire WikiLeaks Perps

December 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A whistleblower protection bill for federal workers that stalled before Congress adjourned would have allowed defense intelligence employees to be fired for compromising national security, aka posting classified material on the anti-secrets website WikiLeaks. More precisely, unlike other federal personnel, they would not be protected against retaliation from certain high-ranking...

Lawmakers say cybersecurity is a top priority in 2011

December 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cybersecurity will be a top priority for the Republican-led House in 2011, but it is unknown when Congress will act on legislation to revamp an outdated federal cyber law, say aides to incoming GOP leaders. Details likely will emerge when Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, the new vice chairman of the Armed...

From Nextgov.com: Lawmakers say cybersecurity is a top priority in 2011

December 22, 2010 Cybersecurity will be a top priority for the Republican-led House in 2011, but it is unknown when Congress will act on legislation to revamp an outdated federal cyber law, say aides to incoming GOP leaders. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

DHS to speed traveler identity verification

December 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department plans to increase the speed of database searches that verify the identities of travelers entering the U.S. by land to finally enforce a June 2009 document requirement, according to an inspector general audit. The so-called Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative stipulates that citizens from the United States,...

Missing GPO laptops contained no sensitive data, agency says

December 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Printing Office maintains that no sensitive information was hacked as a result of the loss of 88 laptops that the agency's watchdog recently reported as missing, GPO officials said on Tuesday. A Dec. 6 inspector general audit had revealed the government's publisher could not locate the laptops, including...

From Nextgov.com: Missing GPO laptops contained no sensitive data, agency says

December 21, 2010 The Government Printing Office maintains that no sensitive information was hacked as a result of the loss of 88 laptops that the agency's watchdog recently reported as missing, GPO officials said on Tuesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Broadcasting board seeks text-message services

December 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government is searching for vendors to provide cell phone messaging services for U.S.-funded news broadcasters inside closed societies, according to federal contracting officials. Such technology likely would rely on proxy mobile networks that could sustain communications when a repressive regime heightens surveillance of existing cell phone networks, or...