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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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Treasury Begins Automating Cyber Tip-Sharing with Banks

March 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Treasury Department has begun automating the flow of cyber threat tips back and forth between financial institutions and the government. The technology upgrade follows heavy assaults on Wall Street networks over the past few years. It's been said that this communications technique, made possible by a special programming language, ...

Pentagon To Launch Hacker Proof Helicopter Drone By 2018

March 12, 2015 An unhackable Boeing Little Bird unmanned aircraft should be in flight around the end of 2017, Defense Department and company officials say. Right now, defense industry programmers are rewriting software on the helicopter drone to encapsulate its communications computer. That way, no outsiders can steer the unmanned aerial vehicle to ...

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March 12, 2015 If there’s one thing politicians of all stripes can agree on, it’s this: The immigration system is broken. What’s less obvious is the extent to which that’s physically true. An online system that was supposed to automate the processing of green cards and other immigration benefits has struggled to function ...

Pentagon on Path to Launch Hacker-Proof Boeing Drone by 2018

March 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An unhackable Boeing Little Bird unmanned aircraft should be in flight around the end of 2017, Defense Department and company officials say. Right now, defense industry programmers are rewriting software on the helicopter drone to encapsulate its communications computer. That way, no outsiders can steer the unmanned aerial vehicle to ...

The State Department Has To Rebuild Its Classified Networks After 2014 Hack

March 11, 2015 The State Department says it needs to reconstruct its classified computer systems after suffering a hack the agency has said only affected its unclassified networks. This detail, buried in a 2016 funding request document, combined with State’s failing data protection grades on a recent governmentwide report card, paints a picture ...

State Says it Needs to Rebuild Classified Computer Networks after Hack

March 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department says it needs to reconstruct its classified computer systems after suffering a hack the agency has said only affected its unclassified networks. This detail, buried in a 2016 funding request document, combined with State’s failing data protection grades on a recent governmentwide report card, paints a picture ...

The Pentagon's Satellite Spies Are Aiming for the Arctic

March 9, 2015 Almost by definition, the North Pole is not thought of as a global hot spot. It's an area typically only recognized come holiday time. But as the polar ice melts, the Arctic is becoming a nexus of geopolitical tensions, over subjects as diverse as penguins and Ukraine. The National Geospatial ...

Why the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Has Eyes on the Arctic

March 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Almost by definition, the North Pole is not thought of as a global hot spot. It's an area typically only recognized come holiday time. But as the polar ice melts, the Arctic is becoming a nexus of geopolitical tensions, over subjects as diverse as penguins and Ukraine. The National Geospatial ...

Defense Firm Called Isis Wins $7 Million Pentagon Cyber Contract

March 9, 2015 The Defense Department has hired a little-known Virginia startup company – with an unfortunate name – to pull together the military's most cutting-edge computer and information assets. The "Threat Intelligence Platform" project will help Pentagon analysts sift through big data research to track threats – including presumably Islamic State extremists. ...

Isis -- No, Not That One -- Wins $7 Million Pentagon Cyber Contract

March 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department has hired a little-known Virginia startup company – with an unfortunate name – to pull together the military's most cutting-edge computer and information assets. The "Threat Intelligence Platform" project will help Pentagon analysts sift through big data research to track threats – including presumably Islamic State extremists. ...