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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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Would Pay Scales Close the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap?

September 7, 2014 Federal agencies have long struggled to fill positions in the ever-growing ranks of the cybersecurity workforce. But a question going back to at least 2011 remains unanswered: Should the feds create a job category and salary scale for government cybersecurity workers -- or is the profession too mercurial to assign ...

Hackers Uncover Pakistanis’ Finances, Bug Korean Hacks and Exploit Celebs

September 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Hacktivists release banking information of Pakistani officials Attackers calling themselves the ASOR Hack Team dumped what they claim is a list of banking data belonging to about 23,000 residents and officials in Pakistan. ...

Is It Worth Creating a Pay Scale for Federal Cyber Pros?

September 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies have long struggled to fill positions in the ever-growing ranks of the cybersecurity workforce. But a question going back to at least 2011 remains unanswered: Should the feds create a job category and salary scale for government cybersecurity workers -- or is the profession too mercurial to assign ...

How Do Agencies Feel About iCloud?

September 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Clarification: This post has been updated to clarify that NASA shared concerns about iCloud in response to Nextgov's inquiries, not in response to the alleged hacking of celebrity accounts. The investigation into the exact nature of potential security gaps in Apple's iCloud that led to the leaks of explicit images ...

Energy Races to Build Quantum Encryption – for Citizens

September 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department's Los Alamos National Laboratory and a Boston startup are joining efforts in a marathon to build uncrackable encryption for citizens who are increasingly concerned about snoops and government eavesdropping. Supercomputers are expected to be able to break today's encryption formulas, as they grow exponentially faster. Foreign adversaries ...

What to Expect From Obama's Resurgent Intel Advisory Panel

September 2, 2014 The Obama administration is resuscitating a small intelligence council after membership dwindled to four people a year ago. The President's Intelligence Advisory Board -- not to be confused with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board -- is intended to enhance the effectiveness of surveillance activities. The White House late ...

What Does Alleged iCloud Hack Mean For Federal Agencies?

September 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most federal agency employees with iPhones probably don't have to worry about hackers ogling naked photos of them saved in Apple’s iCloud backup system. But they might have cause for concern about attackers targeting the cloud service to peer at sensitive government information, cybersecurity experts warn. The problem, experts say, ...

Hackers Score IDs of S. Korean Population, Roil New Zealand Election and Drain Norwegian Oil

August 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Mozilla, Again, Accidentally Hacks its Developers For the second time in a month, Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox browser, has inadvertently leaked programmers’ passwords and usernames. Data Heist at 50 Oil ...

Obama Resurrects Intel Advisory Panel

August 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is resuscitating a small intelligence council after membership dwindled to four people a year ago. The President's Intelligence Advisory Board -- not to be confused with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board -- is intended to enhance the effectiveness of surveillance activities. The White House late ...

DHS Official: Create a Governmentwide Seal of Approval for Apps

August 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies should repurpose the certification route for vetting commercial cloud computing services to also screen popular mobile apps before employees download them, a top Department of Homeland Security official says. Nearly every day, white hat hackers discover bugs in app code that bad actors can take advantage of to ...