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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 Awards XTec Contested $103 Million Biometric ID Contract

March 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has switched vendors for a deal inked last September to update an employee badge system with advanced biometric verification features, such as face and iris scans, officials announced late Friday. DHS originally awarded the $102.8 million contract to HP Enterprise Services on Sept. 27, 2013, but ...

Industry Needs To Do More To Protect the Power Grid From a Cyber Attack

February 28, 2014 Energy companies should create a new industry-led body to deflect cyber threats to the electric grid -- from large generators to local distribution utilities, according to a new report co-authored by Ret. Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA and National Security Agency director. Such an organization would include power companies across ...

Industry Needs to Step Up to Protect the Power Grid From Cyber Attack

February 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Energy companies should create a new industry-led body to deflect cyber threats to the electric grid -- from large generators to local distribution utilities, according to a new report co-authored by Ret. Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA and National Security Agency director. Such an organization would include power companies across ...

Boeing Enters the Super-Secure Smartphone Market With a Focus on Hardware

February 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Veteran defense contractor Boeing Co. plans to enter the budding market for cryptophones aimed at foiling spies and hackers by offering the kind of enhanced protection for which the aircraft manufacturer has long been known: tough hardware. The outer shell of the forthcoming “Black” smartphone, which looks like a consumer ...

U.S. Border Drones Need 'Further Refined' Privacy Policies, DHS Chief Says

February 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The new Homeland Security Department chief told Congress that he wants to enhance privacy guidelines for the department's use of drones in residential areas -- but DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson stopped short of prohibiting the controversial practice of local police borrowing them. Other agencies, including sheriff’s offices and the National ...

How Technology Will Topple the World's Biggest Drug Cartel

February 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An upgrade of the information technology systems running the nation's financial intelligence wing -- set to finish this year -- should bolster efforts to dismantle the Sinaloa cartel, now that authorities have captured the enterprise's leader, former top U.S. officials say. Mexican authorities over the weekend announced the arrest of ...

Dropbox Addresses Government Spying

February 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dropbox, a cloud storage app the government recommends for federal teleworkers, has revised its privacy policy to address concerns about other federal workers spying on users’ data. The new policy, which goes into effect March 24, acknowledges that Dropbox might share user data with outsiders to comply with the law, ...

Hackers Endanger Refugees, Snap Selfies and Bug Expats

February 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Australian blunder exposes asylum seekers’ identities The country’s immigration department accidentally posted, on its website, a database containing family information and other details on 10,000 people – a third of all asylum seekers ...

DHS Wants Facial Recognition Border Surveillance System

February 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is exploring technology that would use facial and iris recognition to track the departure of foreign visitors, according to contracting documents. “At land border exit[s], currently there are no biometrics captured resulting in an inability to accurately verify that a departing traveler matches a specific entry ...

DHS Taps Contractors to Continue Supplying Biometric IDs

February 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article has been updated. The Homeland Security Department will extend for another year contracts with Deloitte and XTec for the production of biometric employee badges, while it reevaluates a $103 million award to HP for developing iris and facial recognition credentials. Last September, HP won a competition to enhance ...