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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House Committee Votes to Create New Cybersecurity Division within DHS

June 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A key House panel on Wednesday voted to create a new Homeland Security Department agency that reflects the primacy of cyber protection among DHS’ protective responsibilities. A bill introduced yesterday by the Homeland Security Committee – approved by a voice vote – would turn an existing DHS bureaucracy, the National...

TSA Curb-to-Gate Security Monitoring Is Coming, Agency Administrator Says

June 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. airports today offer free-standing charging stations, motorized toilet seat covers, food delivery via iPad and other high-tech conveniences. But the Transportation Security Administration is still stuck figuring out how to queue bags and people. TSA Administrator Peter V. Neffenger told lawmakers on Tuesday he has a plan to streamline...

US Spies Are Building Software to Spot Your Suspicious Behavior In Live Video

June 6, 2016 The intelligence community is working on amping up people-recognition power to spot, in live videos, shooters and potential terrorists before they have a chance to attack. Part of the problem with current video surveillance techniques is the difficulty of recognizing objects and people, simultaneously, in real-time. But Deep Intermodal Video...

US Spies Train Computers to Spot Suspicious Activity in Live Videos

June 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Story has been updated with comments from an ODNI official. The intelligence community is working on amping up people-recognition power to spot, in live videos, shooters and potential terrorists before they have a chance to attack. Part of the problem with current video surveillance techniques is the difficulty of recognizing...

Hackers Label Trump a ‘Shape-Shifting Lizard’ on Billboard, Overthrow North Korean Facebook Knockoff, and Steal NFL Players' Medical Evaluations

June 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Texas Trump Opponents Have Fun with Insecure Road Sign The same digital billboard in Dallas was changed twice in less than 48 hours by a person not employed by the Texas Department of...

Fashion Industry Tells Feds: We Need Better Cybersecurity for Internet-Connected Clothes

June 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The fashion industry is urging Washington not to hinder creativity when the government formulates policies surrounding the internet of things, as everyone from Met Gala celebrity guests to U.S soldiers slips on wired garments. During February's New York Fashion Week, designer Nayana Malhotra wrapped models in pieces that served as...

TSA Wants New Scanners That Will Allow Fliers to Keep their Shoes On

June 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With more travelers taking to the skies and threats continuing to evolve, the Transportation Security Administration is out with new priorities for passenger screening that involve more artificial intelligence -- and will let you keep your shoes on. Late Tuesday afternoon, TSA asked security vendors and experts to help overhaul...

The Puzzle of When the OPM Hack Was Discovered Might Not be Solved After All

May 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Story has been updated. A probe into who discovered a years-long hack into background checks on U.S. national security workers might not be case closed after all. Security vendor CyTech now claims that during an April 21, 2015, product demonstration, its technology uncovered, for the first time, malware siphoning off...

Hackers Remember Your MySpace Password, Steal from Military Base Exchanges, and Force Reddit to Reset Your Password

May 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Remember MySpace? Well, So Do the LinkedIn Hackers. The same person who last week was selling data on more than 164 million LinkedIn users (cleaved from a 2012 breach), now claims to have...

The Military Is Building an Employee Database to Predict Traitors

May 27, 2016 The Defense Department is building a massive information-sharing system detailing national security personnel and individuals cleared for accessing U.S. secrets, to flag who among them might be potential turncoats or other "insider threats." The “DoD Component Insider Threat Records System” is part of the U.S. government's response to the 2010...

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