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 Key lawmaker wants to limit full-body screening at airports

January 6, 2011 A key lawmaker wants to prohibit the Transportation Security Administration from using full-body scanners for primary screening at airports, a congressional staff member said Thursday. Read the full story on

Spammers Tire of E-mail

January 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Good news: Spam is quickly disappearing from inboxes without any assistance from e-mail filters. Bad news: Spammers now are rapidly infiltrating your private data through fraudulent "click-through" ads on your Web browser and attacks on your social networks. Brian Krebs, a cybersecurity blogger and former Washington Post reporter, tells us...

Feds may weigh changes to information security requirements

January 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Before a military employee allegedly leaked a mountain of classified documents to WikiLeaks, reportedly by downloading data to a music CD, the White House had been in the middle of updating rules on reporting agency network weaknesses. Obama officials have not said whether they will revise the reporting guidelines further...

U.S.-Qatar pact aims to strengthen aviation screening

January 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the Qatar government have reached an accord on information sharing that includes coordinating cybersecurity and body scanning strategies to thwart al Qaeda, according to a letter of intent released on Tuesday. The United States and Qatar will "promote increased partnership with the DHS and...

Labor looks to contractor for more help with financial management

January 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Labor Department plans to award a noncompetitive contract for additional help with its new financial management system to Global Computer Enterprises, a firm already supporting the modern, cloud-like setup that it installed under a $50 million deal last year. Labor contracting officers intend to enter a fixed-price pact for...

Tracing Transparency

January 1, 2011 President Obama's open government initiative unleashed a torrent of agency data, but citizens still don't believe they're getting the whole story. As the second anniversary of President Obama's open government initiative approaches, the overwhelming sentiment among citizens is that public officials aren't being frank with them. And if trust translates...

The best and worst in federal IT, 2010 edition

December 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What were the best federal IT initiatives of 2010? According to industry officials: -- A 25-point strategy for simplifying and speeding system installations that relies on a shift to cloud computing -- Web-based applications that agencies can lease and share. -- A myth-busters campaign to dispel the belief that agency...

HP Clinches $2.5B NASA Deal for PCs

December 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hewlett Packard has nabbed a 10-year NASA megadeal potentially worth $2.5 billion to manage employees' personal computers and peripheral technology, space agency officials announced on Monday. The job entails providing, securing and servicing most staff computers, agency software, mobile technology services, printers and other supporting infrastructure. Herndon, Va.-based HP Enterprise...

McAfee: Coming cyber threats to target mobile devices, official secrets

December 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The biggest cyber threats in 2011 are expected to include, among other new risks, malicious applications on mobile devices and attacks aimed at stealing government secrets and sabotaging business operations, according to McAfee. The computer security firm annually issues a list predicting what will be the biggest cyber scares during...

U.S. Time Capsule Opens, Online

December 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Archives and Records Administration just opened a door to what the agency expects will become a sort of time capsule containing U.S. historical materials that future generations will be able to access irrespective of innovations in technology. A prototype of Online Public Access, which launched Monday, lets average...

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