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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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Should You Need a License to Practice Cybersecurity?

May 30, 2014 The government should sponsor a national body to license cyber professionals and authorize cyber certifications, and then spin it off into an independent consortium, a military faculty member at the Pentagon's National Defense University said. A body akin to an American Medical Association is needed to authorize individuals to practice ...

Should You Need a License to Practice Cybersecurity?

May 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government should sponsor a national body to license cyber professionals and authorize cyber certifications, and then spin it off into an independent consortium, a military faculty member at the Pentagon's National Defense University said. A body akin to an American Medical Association is needed to authorize individuals to practice ...

Senate Defense Bill Unearths NSA ‘Sharkseer’ Program

May 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Highlights from the Senate Armed Services Committee's new defense policy bill show lawmakers would like to drop $30 million on an obscure National Security Agency cybersecurity program called Sharkseer. There is little official, public information on the program. Based on a job posting for a contractor position, its sounds like ...

Are Paychecks the Problem? Senate Considers Bonuses for Pentagon’s Cyber Workforce

May 27, 2014 Current and aspiring Defense Department personnel with cyber skills could see a boost in pay under a Senate 2015 defense policy bill that lawmakers detailed on Friday. Defense is up against the private sector’s lucrative salaries as it endeavors to boost cyber mission forces. Pentagon Secretary Chuck Hagel recently said ...

Senate Defense Bill Mulls Bonuses for Cyber Pros

May 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Current and aspiring Defense Department personnel with cyber skills could see a boost in pay under a Senate 2015 defense policy bill that lawmakers detailed on Friday. Defense is up against the private sector’s lucrative salaries as it endeavors to boost cyber mission forces. Pentagon Secretary Chuck Hagel recently said ...

Army Awards No-Bid Cyber Range Deal to Lockheed Martin

May 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lockheed Martin has snagged a $14 million deal to help model hacks during cyber operation simulations, according to the Defense Department. During the 5-year contract period, the company will operate and sustain the National Cyber Range. The range is "designed to allow potentially virulent code to be introduced and studied ...

Hackers Stalk a Utility; Promote Godzilla

May 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: VA medical center mismailing leaves nearly 250 vets with the wrong test results One patient learned he had warning signs of colon cancer -- a disease that killed a parent -- only to ...

HHS, DHS and EPA Don’t Need to Dole Out New Cyber Rules

May 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials on Thursday announced that the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, do not need to impose new regulations to defend industry against hacks, because voluntary measures will suffice. Obama administration officials stopped short of saying whether independent regulatory ...

Why Does the Air Force Spend Twice as Much to Hack than to Deflect Threats?

May 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on Thursday approved legislation that breaks out $13.4 million for Air Force cyberattack operations and $5.6 million for efforts to defend the service's networks. But those numbers likely underrepresent cyber offense and especially cyber defense spending, some military budget analysts say. The problem with cyber funding -- governmentwide ...

USPS Employees Get Fake USPS Phishing Emails, Too

May 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Postal Service personnel, who, like all of us, receive bogus emails claiming to be from the USPS, have a few ways of dealing with the threats that are sometimes part of mass spam campaigns and occasionally hack attempts targeted at feds. An exchange of emails among users of the U.S. ...