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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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BlackBerrys Will Make Up 98% of Mobile Devices on New Defensewide System

January 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Pentagon system intended to secure a mix of brand name smartphones for warfighters will primarily support BlackBerrys when the tool starts launching later this month, according to Defense Department officials. About 80,000 BlackBerrys and 1,800 Defense-owned Apple and Android-based phones and tablets will begin being hooked up to the ...

Obama Establishes Big Data Privacy Panel as Part of NSA Reform

January 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Friday announced major reforms to the National Security Agency, a response to revelations that the agency has been collecting massive amounts of data on nearly all U.S. citizens. Here's what he said about a new group he's tasked with reviewing privacy concerns in big data analysis. I ...

Congress Tries to Curtail NSA Spying, Sort Of

January 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Buried in a soon-to-pass government spending bill is a ban on the monitoring of any specific U.S. citizen's phone calls and online activities. The small, vague passage, however, leaves wiggle room for the National Security Agency to continue sweeping up Americans' call and Internet data en masse. The fiscal 2014 ...

Air Force Nuke Officers Used Text Messages to Cheat on Exam

January 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Thirty-four intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at the Malmstrom Base in Montana are tied to a cheating scandal that came to light during a separate investigation into alleged drug possession, Air Force officials said. “This is not about the compromise of nuclear weapons. It's about compromise of the integrity of ...

Congress Cracks Down on Purchases of Chinese-Made IT

January 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Legislation expected to pass both the House and Senate by late this week bars several departments from buying Chinese-manufactured computer equipment until federal authorities conduct special inspections. The stipulation faces opposition from some unlikely corners though: U.S. businesses allegedly hacked by China have said the move will probably slow acquisitions ...

Cyber Command Budget More Than Doubles

January 14, 2014 The House approved a short-term federal spending bill on Tuesday to allow time for the expected passage of a fiscal 2014 spending package that includes $447 million for the Pentagon component that launches cyber weapons and deflects hacks against civilian and military networks. That’s more than a two-fold increase over ...

Cyber Command Funding More Than Doubles

January 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House approved a short-term federal spending bill on Tuesday to allow time for the expected passage of a fiscal 2014 spending package that includes $447 million for the Pentagon component that launches cyber weapons and deflects hacks against civilian and military networks. That’s more than a two-fold increase over ...

Network Security Drill Could Probe HealthCare.gov

January 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An upcoming drill aimed at testing the ability of the health sector to communicate with the government in the face of a debilitating cyberattack might just end up infiltrating HealthCare.gov, the top network security official at the Health and Human Services Department told Nextgov. Intertwined systems that shuttle personal health ...

Health Care Sector to Test Reflexes for Cyber Attack

January 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The health sector, in partnership with the federal government, will conduct simulated attacks against health care networks this spring to test their vulnerability to hackers, industry officials announced on Monday. The simulation, scheduled for March, marks the first time insurers, hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and the Health and Human Services Department ...

Immediate Notification Could Hurt Healthcare.gov Hack Victims

January 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Healthcare.gov users could receive false assurances or false alarms if organizations handling their personal information are hit by hackers and required to notify victims within two days, federal advisers and recent government audits suggest. Meaningful details typically take weeks for forensics specialists to piece together, based on past cases. Earlier ...