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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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Hackers Hail Islamic State, Plunder Hilton Honors Rewards and Terrify the Neighbors

November 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Islamic State Breaks through Rugby Website’s Defenses Over the weekend, the website of the Keighley Cougars, a West Yorkshire team, displayed images of fighter jets and injured bloody people, accompanied by a message ...

Rap Sheets, Watchlists and Spy Networks Now Available With Single Click

November 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. Law enforcement officials nationwide now have the ability to search multiple sensitive databases, including spy agency intranets and homeland security suspicious activity reporting – with a single login. The breakthrough in interconnectivity is expected to close information gaps that, among other things, have contributed to ...

Long-awaited FISMA Reforms May Hit Stumbling Block

November 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House and Senate have hit a road bump trying to update a 2002 law that collects binders of paper once a year, as a way of monitoring federal computer security. Folding an overhaul of the Federal Information Security Management Act, or FISMA, into an annual must-pass defense law is ...

The Next Big Thing To Fight Hackers? Self-Healing Computers

November 4, 2014 Now that the Department of Homeland Security has ponied up $6 billion for governmentwide, automated computer safeguards, a top National Security Agency cybersecurity official says the approach has its shortcomings. Agency networks should be able to not only continuously detect hackers and throttle their destructive tactics -- but also robotically ...

The Next Big Thing in the Fight Against Hackers: Self-Healing Computers

November 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Now that the Department of Homeland Security has ponied up $6 billion for governmentwide, automated computer safeguards, a top National Security Agency cybersecurity official says the approach has its shortcomings. Agency networks should be able to not only continuously detect hackers and throttle their destructive tactics -- but also robotically ...

Annual Defense Bill Likely To Slip in Cyber Clampdown on Contractors

November 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After the midterm elections tomorrow, Congress is expected to act on the closest thing to cybersecurity legislation it can pass without running into gridlock. The National Defense Authorization Act, an annual must-pass package, typically includes several items intended to shore up federal computer systems. For the most part, the bill ...

Navy Launches ‘Task Force Cyber Awakening’

November 2, 2014 The Navy is embarking on a year-long effort to protect hardware and software servicewide, as the Internet of Things takes hold of everything from ship speakers to missile launchers. "Task Force Cyber Awakening" will draw from U.S. Cyber Command Commander Adm. Michael Rogers’ reaction strategy to a major Navy computer ...

Hackers Demand Bitcoin, Expose Silk Road Judge and Shellshock City of Mobile

October 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Florida Clinic Refuses to Pay Computer Hostage-takers Hackers hijacked computers at a medical office in Zephyrhills, Florida, and held files containing sensitive patient information for ransom. Nonprofit Pays Hackers in Bitcoin to Regain ...

Navy Takes on Internet of Things with New Task Force

October 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy is embarking on a year-long effort to protect hardware and software servicewide, as the Internet of Things takes hold of everything from ship speakers to missile launchers. "Task Force Cyber Awakening" will draw from U.S. Cyber Command Commander Adm. Michael Rogers’ reaction strategy to a major Navy computer ...

When Government is the Hacker, How Do You Protect Yourself?

October 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During October's National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, when industry and government are supposed to unite in solidarity against hackers, some companies are pointing the finger at the elephant hacker in the room -- the government itself. Leaks by ex-intelligence contractor Edward Snowden ignited awareness that U.S. authorities access U.S. citizens' private ...