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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Feds Finalize Basic Cyber Hygiene Rules for Contractor Systems

May 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Long-awaited rules to guard contractor systems containing nonpublic government data against hackers have been finalized. Federal officials describe the regulations as one step in a series of cybersecurity regulatory actions for civilian and defense suppliers. But some industry members say the marching orders are not in lockstep. In a reversal...

Hackers Rape Car Dealership Customer, Change 'Game of Thrones' Dialogue on Reddit; Gitmo Accidentally Leaks Classified Intel

May 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches. Woman Alleges Rapist Tracked Her Down Through Car Dealership Database Karen Sommers has filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court that contends, in 2005, Travis Dewayne Batten, a mechanic for Fletcher Jones...

FDIC Calls ‘Major’ Data Breaches Accidental

May 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is a difference of opinion within the federal government about what counts as a "major" data breach. The debate over the breadth and depth of the adjective is more than semantic. The failure of an agency to classify a cyberincident as a "major" one could stall reporting of the...

New Homeland Security Alert Warns of SAP Program Vulnerabilities

May 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is warning that an error in widely used office software is yielding hackers free rein access to networks. The product maker, SAP, notified customers of a fix years ago, but organizations that have been hacked as recently as this year, did not update their software, according...

DHS Is Under the Gun to Collect Data About Threats to Infrastructure, Networks

May 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is under the gun to collect massive amounts of data about threats to the nation's physical and network infrastructure, according to contracting documents. To meet a June 1 deadline to come up with an aggregation strategy, DHS has awarded a contract to Sunesis Consulting LLC without...

Presidential Advisers Recommend Countering Cyberattacks, Shootings with Big Data

May 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An adversary has spent months executing a cyberattack on an unnamed part of the nation's critical infrastructure, after years of planning. Now, the disruption to daily American life is reaching its climax. First, there is a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack that masks a massive theft of data...

Hackers Reveal NFL Prospect Wearing Gas Mask Bong, Infect Mich. Utility’s Office Systems & Manipulate Students’ GPAs

May 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches. NFL Prospect Laremy Tunsil's Hacked Twitter Account Shows Creepy Gas Mask Bong Video A video posted to Tunsil's verified Twitter account showed the former Ole Miss offensive tackle wearing a gas mask and...

Justice Department Crafting Body Camera Catalog for Local Police Forces

May 8, 2016 The Justice Department plans to help police departments purchase wearable cameras by compiling a catalog of devices and has begun requesting product information from vendors. Nationwide, there is a rush to shed more light onto the circumstances surrounding police shootings by equipping officers with body cameras. Concerns have been raised...

Justice is Crafting a Body Camera Catalog for Local Police Forces

May 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include comment from Justice Department spokeswoman Sheila Jerusalem. The Justice Department plans to help police departments purchase wearable cameras by compiling a catalog of devices and has begun requesting product information from vendors. Nationwide, there is a rush to shed more light onto the...

NSA Plan to Trash Employee Complaint Files Raises Concerns for Some

May 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Security Agency plans to immediately discard records containing preliminary workplace complaints raised by employees. The files set to be destroyed are created by the NSA Ombudsman program, a low-profile office that resolves conflicts between personnel. It is not the ombudsman's job to handle reported abuses of power, rather...

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