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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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Obama’s Geek Squad Could Not Rescue DHS Green Card System from High-Risk List

February 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A White House digital crew over the summer swooped in to help rescue what will be the first online system for processing immigration forms. But that did not prevent the delayed, multibillion-dollar Department of Homeland Security project from garnering the dubious distinction, on Wednesday, of a “high-risk” government operation. ELIS ...

Obama’s New Cyber Agency Puts Spies in Charge of Sharing Threat Tips with Agencies

February 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is creating a new agency intended to protect online privacy and secure sensitive data by combing through spies’ threat assessments and sharing them with other federal agencies. The new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, or CTIIC (pronounced See-Tick), will be patterned after the National Counterterrorism Center, an ...

US Cyber Command Has Just Half the Staff It Needs

February 8, 2015 The Pentagon is at the midway point of staffing a projected 6,000-person Cyber Command, officials said, amid fears of a catastrophic threat to U.S. networks. The military appears to be backing away from a long-held goal of establishing a full force by 2016. Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson, a Pentagon spokeswoman, ...

Hackers Block Animal Shelter Donations, Pose As Cute Syrian Rebels on Skype, and Bust Into HipChat

February 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: UMass Memorial Ex-Employee Takes Off With Billing Data on Up To 14,000 Patients The UMass Memorial Medical Group has learned a former staffer allegedly accessed private information that contained credit card and debit ...

Need a Job? Cyber Command Is Halfway Full

February 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon is at the midway point of staffing a projected 6,000-person Cyber Command, officials said, amid fears of a catastrophic threat to U.S. networks. The military appears to be backing away from a long-held goal of establishing a full force by 2016. Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson, a Pentagon spokeswoman, ...

Exclusive: OPM Monitoring Anthem Hack; Feds Might Be Affected

February 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management is keeping a close eye on details emerging about a hack at the second biggest U.S. health insurer, Anthem Inc., which provides coverage to 1.3 million federal employees. Anthem runs the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan, better known as the Federal Employee Program, or ...

The Pentagon Wants To Expand Its Cyber Forces

February 4, 2015 The military services each want to bring on board an additional 20 to 60 computer security whizzes starting next fall to fill the ranks of a 6,000-person Cyber Command, according to President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 funding request. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Martin earlier this week said that increases ...

Pentagon Proposes At Least $27M to Grow Ranks of Cyber Forces

February 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The military services each want to bring on board an additional 20 to 60 computer security whizzes starting next fall to fill the ranks of a 6,000-person Cyber Command, according to President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 funding request. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Martin earlier this week said that increases ...

Is Obama's $14 Billion Cybersecurity Request Enough?

February 3, 2015 The White House's overall commitment to fighting hackers in the federal sphere tallies up to $14 billion. That’s how much President Barack Obama has asked for from lawmakers to help protect all U.S. networks from threat actors -- a 10 percent increase over his fiscal 2015 total cyber proposal, acting ...

Obama Budget: How Far Does $14 Billion In Cyber Spending Go?

February 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House's overall commitment to fighting hackers in the federal sphere tallies up to $14 billion. That’s how much President Barack Obama has asked for from lawmakers to help protect all U.S. networks from threat actors -- a 10 percent increase over his fiscal 2015 total cyber proposal, acting ...