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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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Homeland Security To Roll Out Biometrics Along the Border This Summer

January 28, 2015 The Department of Homeland Security this summer plans to roll out iris and facial recognition services to the U.S. Border Patrol, according to DHS officials. The service will be able to share images with the FBI's massive multibiometric system, officials said. The test is part of a coming overhaul of ...

DHS to Launch Iris and Facial Recognition at the Border

January 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Homeland Security this summer plans to roll out iris and facial recognition services to the U.S. Border Patrol, according to DHS officials. The service will be able to share images with the FBI's massive multibiometric system, officials said. The test is part of a coming overhaul of ...

TSA and Inspectors Tussle Over Redactions in JFK Tech Audit

January 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An internal watchdog is calling for the Transportation Security Administration -- for the third time -- to make public portions of an audit on computer security at JFK Airport. But TSA maintains that all of the information is too national security-sensitive to release. Released Jan. 23 with redactions, the Department ...

Hackers Defile Crayola, Borrow F-35 Designs and Tick off Madonna

January 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Hacker behind Leaks of Madonna’s, Other Entertainers’ Songs Apprehended Police on Jan. 21 arrested a 39-year-old Israeli man for allegedly penetrating the computers of a number of international singing stars, including Madonna, and ...

What Do CENTCOM’s Twitter Hack and GoDaddy Have in Common?

January 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The embarrassing hack of U.S. Central Command's Twitter feed earlier this month by purported terrorist sympathizers lay bare the inherent insecurity of normally locked-down federal agencies using external Web services. But this is far from the first time it's happened. The Tennessee Valley Authority was left similarly red faced by ...

Experts Say to Expect Action After State of the Union Cyber Shout Out

January 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a week of cybersecurity-related congressional proposals, speeches and global talks, President Barack Obama's one-paragraph mention of cyber in the State of the Union address may have seemed a bit anticlimactic. But some Capitol Hill denizens expect Obama's 14-page legislative offer to speak for itself. "It was a little disappointing ...

Who’s Got the Chops to Run a Transatlantic Cyberspy Cell?

January 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The success of a newly announced U.S.-U.K. cyberspy unit in many ways will depend on its yet-to-be named leaders, who, digital investigators say, will be hard to find. There's a small talent pool of cybersecurity technologists -- some say 1,000 -- and an even smaller pool of technologists who are ...

Survey: Government Agencies May be Better than the Private Sector at Responding to Hacks

January 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government agencies worldwide, compared to banks and many other companies, are better able to cope when the inevitable data breach occurs, according to an annual study on advances in cybersecurity. About 43 percent of the public sector falls into the "highly sophisticated" security posture segment, according to the 2015 Cisco ...

Hackers Wage ‘Jihad’ on French Websites, Name Swiss Bank Account Clients and Surveil Pyongyang Newsreaders

January 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Official North Korean News Site Injects Spyware into Visitors’ Computers DPRK’s Korean Central News Agency is serving up more than just the latest pictures of leader Kim Jong Un. “There's a little extra ...

This Obamacare Campaign is a Scam

January 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert about imitation Obamacare emails that purport to be from the government but actually steer recipients to password-stealing websites. Uninsured Americans are up against a midnight deadline to register -- through a real government-run health care exchange -- for coverage starting Feb. ...