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: DHS lacks cost justification for $780 million spent on border network

May 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For half a decade, the Homeland Security Department did not collect cost-justification information for invoices from contractor Boeing Co., before paying the company for services rendered on a $1 billion failed, virtual border fence, federal auditors concluded. DHS envisioned the Secure Border Initiative Network as a surveillance system comprised of...

Cybersecurity center director warns of Stuxnet copycats

May 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is worried that copycat attackers may reengineer malicious software that allegedly infected Iran's nuclear operations last year to unleash a wider attack, said the head of the department's 24-hour cyber warning center. Last year, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center discovered that the worm called...

White House rejects terrorism-related cyberwar provisions in House bill

May 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration objects to a House proposal that specifies the term cyberwar includes clandestine actions against terrorists online. The language, which House members folded into the 2012 Defense Department authorization bill, asserts that the Pentagon has the power to conduct military activities in cyberspace, including covert operations to support...

Into the Budget Morass

May 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine a technology implementation plan designed at the outset to make federal employees' jobs easier, protect taxpayers' interests and serve customers more quickly. That was the idea behind the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service's Transformation program. By converting much of the paperwork for immigration cases to an electronic processing system,...

Travel services contractor takes its case to federal court; GSA to continue with replacement project

May 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After attorneys at the Government Accountability Office rejected part of a vendor's protest to stop the procurement of a new online travel agency, the company has taken its case to federal court. But the solicitation for bids on the contract, which is being managed by the General Services Administration, can...

Covert Payment Biz Captures Online Gambling Sites

May 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents seized 10 online gambling websites, after gaming companies allegedly processed illegal payments through an undercover U.S.-based Internet business the feds propped up to ensnare the culprits. Here's how the operation went down, federal officials announced Monday night: In the fall of 2009, a cooperating online...

Obama cybersecurity enforcement plan could backfire, senator warns

May 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A key lawmaker assessing a White House bill to strengthen cybersecurity warned that the proposal's plan for policing critical commercial networks -- by disclosing audits of their security practices -- could inadvertently steer U.S. adversaries to vulnerable targets. "The evaluation of that [company's security] plan would be publicly accessible," Sen....

DISA Dishes on Cyber Contractors

May 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here's what the Pentagon's Defense Information Systems Agency really thinks about cybersecurity contractors: "What we don't love so much is once [you] get that foot in the door, we're pulled in and held hostage. Keep in mind the idea that as you win contracts and you get DoD business, don't...

Tighter Defense budget may mean tighter cybersecurity

May 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama's quest to shave $400 billion off the Pentagon's budget by 2023 may have the positive effect of forcing the services to eliminate redundant cybersecurity programs and combine networks Defensewide, senior Pentagon officials said Friday. Budget analysts say the department's 2012 proposal for spending $3.2 billion on information assurance...

Interior center inadvertently exposes personal data of thousands of SEC employees

May 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An Interior Department payroll processing center that provides services to several agencies unintentionally exposed the full names and Social Security numbers of nearly 4,000 Securities and Exchange Commission employees earlier this month, according to Interior officials. On May 4, a customer support contractor inadvertently replied to a routine question from...

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