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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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Auditors: IRS plan compromises security for e-payment users

August 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service glossed over computer security in planning for a new tax return law that applies to e-payment processors, government investigators said. The law kicks in during the 2012 filing season for the 2011 tax year. A tiny provision folded into the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act...

Investigation reveals widespread insider hacking at immigration agency

August 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A yearlong probe into computer fraud at an immigration application processing center uncovered multiple incidents of internal hacking where staff accessed management-level emails and other confidential files, according to Homeland Security Department interviews, network analyses and internal emails obtained by Nextgov. The investigation began in January 2008, when officials at...

From Nextgov: Investigation reveals widespread insider hacking at immigration agency

August 18, 2011 A yearlong probe into computer fraud at an immigration application processing center uncovered multiple incidents of internal hacking where staff accessed management-level emails and other confidential files, according to Homeland Security Department interviews, network analyses and internal emails obtained by Nextgov. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

A decade after Sept. 11 attacks, Homeland Security leaders reflect on progress

August 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday looped industry leaders into the See Something, Say Something messaging campaign by showing them new public service announcements for their company websites. The public awareness movement, which was launched by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and now is ubiquitous in the Washington...

Foreign Contractors Can Check Employment Eligibility Online

August 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Foreigners who aspire to work for federal contractors can now use a Spanish-language website to make sure their correct immigration status is on file with the government before their employers are required to do so -- avoiding potential unemployment. All personnel doing business with the government must pass muster with...

Dangerous Liaisons

August 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Let's start with the fundamental lapse that started this mess--the Defense Department designed the underpinnings of the Internet to make information easy to swap, not easy to secure. Now, efforts to add protections often complicate information sharing. For instance, in an effort to prevent another WikiLeaks-like episode, where an employee...

Dangerous Liaisons

August 15, 2011 High-profile data breaches are tipping the balance between connecting and protecting people. Let's start with the fundamental lapse that started this mess-the Defense Department designed the underpinnings of the Internet to make information easy to swap, not easy to secure. Now, efforts to add protections often complicate information sharing. For...

Administration issues far-reaching plan for building cyber workforce

August 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration on Friday released the first-ever roadmap for building a U.S. cybersecurity workforce and testing the government's success at raising public awareness of computer threats. Currently, there is no definition of what it means to be a cybersecurity professional. The draft strategic plan sets forth a way to...

Government should sell ad space on dot-gov websites, entrepreneur says

August 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the federal government examines ways to save money by simplifying the dot-gov domain, some companies and jurisdictions say it actually should be making money off its Web pages. Federal guidance prohibits online commercial advertising on all dot-gov pages, even state and local websites. Because the General Services Administration operates...

NASA awards $10 million flight services contract to seven firms

August 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Space tourism company Virgin Galactic is among seven companies NASA has tapped to take over cargo flights, as early as next month, as part of a new commercial direction for the U.S. space program. This week's announcement of the combined $10 million flight services contract follows the July return trip...

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