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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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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 ...

Feds Aren't Worried About Windows XP Vulnerabilities

March 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies do not anticipate trouble when Microsoft early next month stops providing updated fixes for security flaws in the Windows XP operating system, top Obama administration officials say. The Washington Post reported that about 10 percent of government computers, out of several million, will still be running XP when ...

Administration Calls for Program to Continously Probe Personnel

March 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A governmentwide effort that will require additional funding is underway to connect the computer systems used for issuing security clearances and identification cards, in response to the Navy Yard shootings that killed a dozen people. According to an interagency report released on Tuesday, various strategy and budget documents for the ...

DARPA Cyber Ops Needs a Bigger Rolodex

March 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon is scouting for cyber ninjas in the private sector who would be available for future help dominating the cyber domain, according to documents. The trick will be finding potential “performers” that hold security clearances for classified endeavors, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency officials said. Projects "to achieve cyberspace ...

Federal Cyber Hiring Could Take a Hit Under Marijuana Mandate

March 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration’s policy to uphold a ban on federal employees smoking pot -- even where recreational marijuana is now legal under state law -- could snuff out efforts to hire nonconventional but trusted hackers to search for holes in government computer systems. Many of the best of these white ...

Cloud Security Frees Up NOAA's Workforce

March 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sometimes consolidation can be a good thing for the federal workforce. Centralizing networks in the cloud has allowed human eyes at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to weed through 1.2 billion cyber transactions per day for signs of hacking. Typically, federal executives name cost and energy savings as the ...