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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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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...

Airport body scans to get less personal by early 2012

June 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Transportation Security Administration expects to mask full-body images on about half its 500 passenger screening machines nationwide by the end of the year and upgrade the rest shortly thereafter, the agency's top official said Thursday evening. TSA began ramping up the rollout of 1,000 whole-body advanced imaging technology scanners...

From Nextgov: Airport body scans to get less personal by early 2012

June 3, 2011 The Transportation Security Administration expects to mask full-body images on about half its 500 passenger screening machines nationwide by the end of the year and upgrade the rest shortly thereafter, the agency's top official said Thursday evening. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Former federal contractor gets jail time for falsifying immigration records

June 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A former contractor working as a records custodian at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been sentenced to five and a half years in jail for doctoring computer files to help illegal aliens obtain "legal" passports, Justice Department officials announced this week. The case reflects a larger problem the agency...

From Nextgov: Former federal contractor gets jail time for falsifying immigration records

June 2, 2011 A former contractor working as a records custodian at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been sentenced to five and a half years in jail for doctoring computer files to help illegal aliens obtain "legal" passports, Justice Department officials announced this week. The case reflects a larger problem the agency...

New recovery system restores virus-infected computers, could be used by agencies

June 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers backed by funding from government contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. have developed a tool that serves as an undo button to restore computers after they are infected by viruses, a computer scientist leading the effort said. The so-called intrusion recovery system is one of about a...

Just Rewards

June 1, 2011 Eliminating second chances for contractor incentives could save millions, auditors say. A single federal agency could save hundreds of millions of dollars simply by withholding incentive awards from contractors that were previously denied, according to a March report from the Government Accountability Office. Companies that fail to meet initial performance...

Pentagon to adversaries: An attack on U.S. networks might unleash military force

May 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new Defense Department policy that reportedly authorizes troops to use physical force in response to a cyberattack does not represent a change in posture, but rather a signal to adversaries that the United States will not hesitate to act, said a former U.S. military and intelligence official who managed...

DOD, DHS jointly respond to military contractor cyber attack

May 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon and the Homeland Security Department are aiding Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. on an investigation into a cyber attack that reportedly infiltrated the firm's security networks, federal officials said Saturday night. "DoD is aware of a cyber incident impacting Lockheed Martin and, together with the Department of Homeland...