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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems for Nextgov. She has covered technology for nine years at such publications as National Journal's TechnologyDaily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, she covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She has been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, WTOP and Federal News Radio. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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DHS Prepares Overhaul of Internal Security Operations

April 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department late Thursday announced future plans to overhaul an organization that defends DHS’ own internal networks. A counter-hack mechanism called the intrusion defense chain, or "kill chain” -- developed by researchers at Lockheed Martin -- is expected to drive the revamp, according to DHS officials. The current ...

DHS Quietly Delivers Hacker Footprints to Industry

April 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A little-known website sitting behind a firewall has been exchanging sensitive hack intelligence between companies and agencies at a rate of one new threat hallmark per hour, a top Homeland Security Department official said. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Collaboration Program, launched in 2011, virtually convenes about 70 critical industry ...

Why Feds Are Still Buying IT That Works With Windows XP

April 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During the past year, various agencies have bought or expressed interest in buying products compliant with a Microsoft operating system set to lose security support next week, according to a review of federal solicitations and the agencies themselves. The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as the Veterans ...

Don't Tase Me CBP

March 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. Customs and Border Protection has begun shopping for stun guns, following a recent directive that stresses limiting the use of deadly force on trespassers. Potential bulk buys are implied in a recent special notice for manufacturers requesting information on market availability and turnaround times for government orders. Amid criticism ...

DHS Takes a Second Stab at Automating Immigration Casework

March 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow InfoZen has won the first of multiple contracts for an electronic system to process immigration forms, a project that is trying to make a comeback after consuming five and a half years and an estimated $1 billion . The three-year, $11.9 million award requires the company to combine software received ...

Cyber Arms Control

March 28, 2014 Federal agencies during the next several months must work together on guidelines for controlling the trade of cyberwar technology. That requirement, made by Congress in late 2013, is sure to raise a host of legal, technical and operational challenges. In programming, a cyber weapon often refers to malicious code that ...

Military Green Lights Amazon Cloud for Defensewide Use

March 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon has authorized Amazon Web Services to rent computing space to all Defense Department components, company officials announced on Wednesday. The decision was based on past security tests conducted through the governmentwide Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, as well as an evaluation of additional Defense-specific protections. Any contractor ...

Some Agencies Still Using Windows XP Probably Don't Realize It

March 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Microsoft terminates security support for its Windows XP operating system next month, some agencies will continue to run the platform unawares, and that’s likely to make some hackers very happy, cyber researchers say. That’s because government agencies aren’t very good about knowing everything that’s on their networks, said John ...

Senators Want Ukraine to Arrest Target Hackers in Exchange for Aid

March 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bilateral legislation poised for debate this week would make Ukrainian economic support contingent upon a clampdown on cybercrime in the eastern European nation. Bill sponsors Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., led the first congressional hearing on the Target payment card breach, which, along with other major U.S. ...

Microsoft Offers Agencies Incentives to Drop Windows XP

March 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most major agencies discarding a 13-year-old version of Windows that will stop issuing security fixes next month are buying up Microsoft's newer platforms and Office 365 cloud software, corporate officials say. About 10 percent of the government's several million computers will still be on the XP operating system when Microsoft ...