AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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.
Results 71-80 of 2027

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. ...

Bill Would Let DHS Pay Cyber Workers as Much as the Pentagon Pays

May 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced legislation that would empower the Homeland Security Department to pay DHS cyber recruits as much as Pentagon computer security professionals. There is a shortage of skilled computer security employees at many civilian agencies with heavy cyber responsibilities. The bill could help DHS compete with ...

Survey: Abuse of Network Access Privileges Is Rampant

May 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies are more concerned about insiders leaking citizens’ and partner organizations’ information than their own general business information, according to a new survey by the Ponemon Institute. Meanwhile, the commercial sector cares more about inappropriate disclosures of business data than customer data. Ponemon surveyed 693 industry and government information technology ...

Why It's Hard to Run a Background Check Through the Cloud

May 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For many state cops, running a query on a suspicious character from their patrol car laptop or tablet is not an option. That's because of the stringency of FBI regulations for cloud companies that want to provide remote access to criminal records. The contractors themselves have to undergo criminal history ...

Heartbleed Superbug Found in Utility Monitoring Systems

May 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Software that monitors utility plants and other operations at several military installations has been found to be affected by the recently discovered superbug Heartbleed, when configured a certain way, according to the Homeland Security Department and the software’s manufacturer. "The latest release of Schneider Electric Wonderware Intelligence Version 1.5 SP1 ...

Hackers Take Pacific Sea Battle Online, Destroy Crypto-currency and Stun Themselves

May 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Dogecoin data ‘destroyed,’ operator of virtual stash says 160 million dogecoins (worth $73,046 as of 5/15) are gone, after intruders accessed and destroyed all data on Doge Vault's virtual machines. Chinese hackers deface ...

Justice Is Fast-Tracking Cyber Hires

May 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Justice Department is recruiting cyber professionals under special rules to fill vacancies more quickly now that funding constraints have eased somewhat, the department's top network security official said. While the severity of hacks is increasing, civilian agencies still struggle to bring capable computer programmers on staff. Justice is moving ...

FCC Employees, Is Your Internet Running Sluggish Today?

May 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some website operators are slowing down Federal Communications Commission employees' access to their sites in protest of potential paid Internet fast lane regulations. On Thursday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to release a proposal that would let broadband providers charge sites for bandwidth-heavy content. The hacktivist collective Anonymous is ...

New NIST Guidance: Don't Make Security an Afterthought

May 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government's standards-making body on Tuesday announced guidelines for agency technologists and industry engineers on how to bake security into critical systems. The steps, currently in draft form, are meant to consummate an approach the Office of Management and Budget has been advocating since 2010, under the first-ever federal chief ...