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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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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...

The Pentagon Wants to ‘Fingerprint’ the World’s Hackers

May 4, 2016 Pentagon researchers by early 2018 expect to solve a problem that, so far, has often prevented law enforcement and hack victims from identifying cybercriminals with confidence. Through the "Enhanced Attribution Program," not only will the government be able to characterize the attacker, but also share the attacker's modus operandi with...

The Military Is Building an Engine to Uncover the Humans Behind Hacks

May 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pentagon researchers by early 2018 expect to solve a problem that, so far, has often prevented law enforcement and hack victims from identifying cybercriminals with confidence. Through the "Enhanced Attribution Program," not only will the government be able to characterize the attacker, but also share the attacker's modus operandi with...

Feds Have Found ‘Unbelievable’ Amounts of Child Porn on National Security Computers. Is This the Solution?

May 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top National Security Agency official wants to keep tabs on national security personnel off-the-clock, in part by tracking their online habits at home. The aim is to spot behavior that might not be in America's best interests. Historically, some illicit activity, like downloading child pornography, has occurred on government...

What’s Your ‘Insider Threat Score?’ It Could Determine If You Keep Your Clearance

May 2, 2016 Your eligibility to perform secret government work could one day be decided by a number that looks like a credit score, and factors in your social media activities. According to the head of the new U.S. security clearance agency, the idea is to regularly vet individuals with access to classified...

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