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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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FAA Concerned about ‘Evolving Cyber Events’

February 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Aviation Administration needs urgent help to protect its systems from looming cyber threats, according to federal contracting documents. "Due to evolving and potential cyber events, the FAA requires critical and immediate cybersecurity methodology support to protect FAA infrastructure from malicious activities," states a Feb. 9 presolicitation notice. An...

Embattled OPM CIO Steps Down

February 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. Donna Seymour, Office of Personnel Management chief information officer, is stepping down, amid repeated calls for her ouster following last year's massive breach of 21.5 million private records on national security personnel and family members. Seymour and other federal officials were scheduled to testify before...

Treasury Needs $110M Piggy Bank to Combat IRS Hackers and Other Expected 'Cyberattacks'

February 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Treasury Department says it needs a central cashbox to draw from for security fixes that could lessen the blow of anticipated hack attacks against the Internal Revenue Service, banks and other systems handling trillions of dollars. A White House-ordered search for “high-value” data holdings attractive to hackers emphasized the...

Hackers Hate on Health Care: Delaying Meals, Holding a Hospital Hostage, Stealing Brain Patient IDs and Exposing Battered Women

February 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Flint, Mich., Hospital Emails Show Hacktivists Infected Workstations Newly obtained documents reveal that on Jan. 17, Hurley Medical Center’s IT staff informed employees a virus "has infected most" of the hospital's computers, adding...

Head of DHS' Emergency Cyber Unit Stepping Down

February 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Homeland Security official responsible for coordinating federal responses to hack attacks will depart next week, according to DHS. During her three years in office, Ann Barron-DiCamillo, head of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, has been a mainstay on Capitol Hill and on the industry conference circuit,...

Ex-White House Cyber Chief Joins with Tech Firms to Tackle Bug Bounties

February 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The former White House senior cybersecurity director has rallied major security vendors to lobby lawmakers and agencies on cyber regulations, under a new umbrella organization. The issues they intend to tackle range from the global debate over encryption to the minutia of the federal cybersecurity budget, said Ari Schwartz, coordinator...

These Perks Could Entice Hackers to Work for CYBERCOM. But does HR Know About Them?

February 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers have approved some sweet pay packages in hopes of enticing hackers to join the ranks of the U.S. military. But congressional researchers say human resources staff are unaware of the new incentives. Now, the Senate Armed Services Committee is considering additional legislation to mandate that HR employees staffing the...

Hackers Abscond with Florida Hospital Records, Release Sex Video of Gay Teacher; DC Special Ed Student Data Leaked

February 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: DC Displayed Private Information on 12,000 Students with Disabilities The accident occurred when someone in the District’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education uploaded the data to a public D.C. Council account...

Obama’s War on Hackers

February 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hackers are now probing the deepest secrets of every federal agency, according to the Department of Homeland Security's cyber chief. But it's OK: The intruders are from DHS. It’s part of an exercise the agency is undertaking to test vulnerabilities in federal computer systems full of sensitive data that are...

Crooks Tricked This IRS System into Providing False IDs

February 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Identity thieves tricked an Internal Revenue Service system into issuing them PINs under the names of other taxpayers so they could file for their victims' refunds, according to the tax agency. The so-called e-file PINs are required to file federal returns electronically, if you are missing other acceptable types of...