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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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US, Britain Mull Cross-Border Cyber Defense

January 15, 2015 President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are meeting this week in Washington to discuss the two nations' response to the growing threat of cyberattacks. The two leaders are expected to discuss, in particular, the problem of adversaries hijacking computers in Britain to unleash cyber assaults on America, ...

Watchdog Zeroes in on Supercomputer Supply Chain Risks in Review of NOAA Satellites

January 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal auditors are monitoring a risk the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking by upgrading forecasting supercomputers while contractor IBM sells parts of its supercomputing business to a Chinese firm. NOAA's chief information officer asked the Government Accountability Office to delete this concern from an initial copy of one ...

Obama and Cameron to Chew Over Cross-Border Cyberattacks

January 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are meeting this week in Washington to discuss the two nations' response to the growing threat of cyberattacks. The two leaders are expected to discuss, in particular, the problem of adversaries hijacking computers in Britain to unleash cyber assaults on America, ...

Obama Thinks Cyberthreat Sharing is Ready for Comeback

January 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration plans to revise a 2011 legislative proposal for collecting information from hacked companies and sharing it across industry. The rewrite aims to alleviate privacy concerns. The move follows incessant cyberassaults against banks, energy companies and other critical sectors. The original legislation lost steam after revelations of domestic ...

Why Doesn’t Obama’s Data Breach Privacy Proposal Apply to Agencies?

January 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to mandate that companies whose customer data is breached inform affected individuals within 30 days. But why don’t agencies that are hacked have to notify citizens when their data is compromised? The silence on the government's responsibility to protect its own data became ...

Why Police Need to Hack Into CCTV Systems in Paris and Elsewhere

January 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow French authorities apparently initially were restricted Friday from accessing a closed-circuit surveillance system at the besieged Paris kosher supermarket. They reportedly had to “hack” the CCTV to monitor the behavior of suspected terrorist Amedy Coulibaly, who took 15 hostages and killed four people before being shot by police. This scenario ...

Hackers Rig College Football, Prank Bryan Adams, Target Nvidia and Breach Bus System

January 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Muslim Extremists Hacked Bus Schedule In Misguided Cyber Terror Plot The self-dubbed "Arab Security Team,” which goes by the name Darkshadow, hijacked part of a British tourism website. ‘80s Crooner Bryan Adams Lands ...

Why the US Needs More Than Just $59 Billion for Cyber Defense

January 9, 2015 Despite paying $59 billion for data protections since fiscal 2010, the federal government couldn’t stave off hacks against the White House, State Department, Army and dozens of other agencies. Across-the-board funding cuts last year hit cyber budgets, but the total tab, $10.3 billion, still more than doubles the $4.1 billion ...

Federal Cybersecurity Spending is Big Bucks. Why Doesn't It Stop Hackers?

January 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite paying $59 billion for data protections since fiscal 2010, the federal government couldn’t stave off hacks against the White House, State Department, Army and dozens of other agencies. Across-the-board funding cuts last year hit cyber budgets, but the total tab, $10.3 billion, still more than doubles the $4.1 billion ...

Inspectors Warn: Scrap Proposed $443 Million Border Drone Surge

January 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. unmanned jets fielded to catch border trespassers have not proved their worth -- with an annual cost of $62.5 million and few apprehensions to show for it, according to a federal watchdog report. The study, released Tuesday, also found the Department of Homeland Security lowballed spending for drone operations ...