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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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Immigration Services Agency and FTC to Share Scam Tips Online

June 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Trade Commission is allowing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services arm of the Homeland Security Department access to its secure consumer complaint database so USCIS officials can investigate scammers posing as immigration legal advisers, federal officials announced on Thursday. Typically only law enforcement officials can search through the...

ICE agents nab almost $15 million from software pirate's Swiss bank account

June 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents traced and seized about $15 million from sales of counterfeit antivirus software to a fugitive's Swiss bank account by relying on footwork and phone calls -- a nice break from cyber forensics, ICE investigators said on Friday. Witnesses tipped off ICE's Homeland Security Investigations...

FEMA watchdog endorses data mining to uncover overpayments

June 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal inspectors are calling for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to employ data mining software -- similar to that used by the board monitoring stimulus spending-- for preventing future losses, now that the agency is saddled with recovering about $643 million worth of potential overpayments for housing assistance. In a...

From Nextgov: FEMA watchdog endorses data mining to uncover overpayments

June 10, 2011 Federal inspectors are calling for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to employ data mining software -- similar to that used by the board monitoring stimulus spending-- for preventing future losses, now that the agency is saddled with recovering about $643 million worth of potential overpayments for housing assistance. Read the...

Experts recommend an international code of conduct for cyberwar

June 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States and foreign countries should broker a code of conduct for offensive cyber actions that bans knocking out banking, power and other critical infrastructure networks except when nations are engaged in war, some former U.S. defense and intelligence officials said. Their recommendation follows the White House's release of...

Chief of the Year: Information Security

June 9, 2011 On June 15, Government Executive is featuring the government's chief officers of finance, human capital, information and information security in a special issue of the magazine. This year, for the second time, we've identified individuals to highlight as Chiefs of the Year. In challenging times, these individuals are leading the...

Cyber Defender Richard Clarke Advises Weapons Protection Tech Firm

June 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Former White House counterterrorism adviser and cybersecurity doomsayer Richard A. Clarke is now advocating a new technology federal agencies are using to trace a different kind of threat -- weapons and other objects of destruction. Visible Assets, Inc., manufacturer of RuBee wireless-tracking networks, announced on Tuesday that the author of...

General Dynamics snags a $1 billion networking contract for DHS' consolidated headquarters

June 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration awarded General Dynamics a roughly $1 billion networking contract for a new Homeland Security Department headquarters facility, after the government backed out of a $2.6 billion deal with Northrop Grumman Corp. for the project last year. Officials at GSA, which is administering the contract on behalf...

From Nextgov: General Dynamics snags $1 billion networking contract for DHS headquarters

June 7, 2011 The General Services Administration awarded General Dynamics a roughly $1 billion networking contract for a new Homeland Security Department headquarters facility, after the government backed out of a $2.6 billion deal with Northrop Grumman Corp. for the project last year. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

New guidelines require agencies to document progress automating surveillance of cyber threats

June 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has released new information security guidance that, for the first time, requires agencies to report on progress installing tools that continuously monitor threats to computer networks. Agencies annually are required to document their compliance with technology safeguards laid out in the 2002 Federal Information Security Management...