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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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White House agrees to let Congress codify some cybersecurity policies

June 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Obama administration officials say they will let Congress make permanent in statute some cybersecurity policies the White House initially had wanted the executive branch to authorize, to more quickly implement the law. The White House in May distributed to lawmakers 52 pages of text for consideration as part of a...

Banks urged to get faster at reporting cyber breaches

June 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An industry group representing the largest financial institutions said banks hit by cyber intrusions should immediately notify federal officials and affected customers, amid controversy over Citigroup's decision to wait weeks before informing account holders of a significant breach. The White House recently introduced legislative language that would allow a much...

From Nextgov: Banks urged to get faster at reporting cyber breaches

June 21, 2011 An industry group representing the largest financial institutions said banks hit by cyber intrusions should immediately notify federal officials and affected customers, amid controversy over Citigroup's decision to wait weeks before informing account holders of a significant breach. Read the full story on Nextgov.

LulzSec Hacktivists Declare War on .Gov Websites; Feds Stand Ready

June 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following hacker group LulzSec's call for war on all government websites, the Homeland Security Department, which protects U.S. private and civilian agency networks, said DHS is proceeding with work to secure .gov networks in response to emerging online threats. The group of unidentified pranksters on Monday claimed responsibility, in a...

Treasury seeks brainy search engine to help follow terrorist money

June 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Treasury Department is searching for a supersmart search engine to spot signs of terrorist-financing and money laundering among monetary transactions totaling 9 terabytes of data -- the equivalent of a stack of typewritten pages nearly 460 miles high. Treasury's intelligence arm, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, has...

ATF officials ignored red flags on website intended to help stop gun-trafficking

June 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix recorded abnormal sales of firearms in an electronic weapons-tracking system but no one intervened to stop the cross-border gunrunning, aides for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee told Nextgov. Instead of...

Pentagon Concerned About Terrorists' Cyberwar Capabilities

June 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon and foreign partners will follow the Cold War construct of "shared warning" to pursue enemies in cyberspace, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said on Thursday at the International Workshop on Global Security in Paris. Neither America nor its international partners have faced a true cyber attack...

Lawmakers finalize measure restricting government's use of GPS data

June 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers on Wednesday finalized a bill that prohibits law enforcement officials from tracking the location of people's wireless devices without a warrant or parental consent, or unless an emergency is under way. The finished proposal represents a departure from an earlier version that...

On the Cyber Beat

June 15, 2011 Chief information security officers must balance mission requirements against threats to vital data. From the document leaking website WikiLeaks to the rise of smartphone computing, chief information security officers are confronting ever more threats to the data they are responsible for protecting. The number of attacks against federal networks increased...

Businesses urged to share more information on cyber threats

June 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The top counterterrorism official at the Homeland Security Department on Tuesday called on businesses to cooperate more with government when hit by hackers. "Let's face it -- cybersecurity primarily is a civilian space -- it is used mostly by businesses, but it is tied closely to national security," said Rand...