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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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Programmer, procurement staff failings contribute to software attacks

September 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When hackers take advantage of a software flaw in a federal financial system to steal credit card numbers, procurement officers and program developers are both to blame for the intrusion, some information security specialists say. "We were at fault because we allowed that common weakness that let them into the...

Programmer, procurement staff failings contribute to software attacks

September 22, 2011 When hackers take advantage of a software flaw in a federal financial system to steal credit card numbers, procurement officers and program developers are both to blame for the intrusion, some information security specialists say. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Charity clampdown to curb terrorist financing leads to more kidnappings

September 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government's success in cutting off terrorist financing through phony or diverted charitable contributions has pushed cells to resort to kidnapping for ransom and novel Web-based payments, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday. Potential attackers are turning to new funding sources, as well as continuing to solicit money from...

Expediency and red tape collide in IRS mobile app release

September 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While an Internal Revenue Service mobile application that lets taxpayers check the status of refunds is secure, according to a federal watchdog, he scolded the IRS for breaking procedural rules to get it to market quickly. The IRS2GO app, which also allows users to receive tax tips and the latest...

Defense to grow industrial base cyber program, DHS may expand to other sectors

September 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon this fall expects to make permanent and expand a test program through which the Defense Department shared classified intelligence on cyber threats with select contractors to better secure commercial networks serving the military. The trial that ran from May 9 through Sept. 15 thwarted hundreds of attempted breaches...

Substituting cyber reporting with continuous monitoring carries risks

September 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An Obama administration decision to relax agency reporting rules for complying with cybersecurity mandates by instead requiring automated data feeds about threats could relegate risk management to a back-office function and leave senior executives out of the loop, some auditors say. This year's instructions for adhering to the 2002 Federal...

Substituting cyber reporting with continuous monitoring carries risks

September 16, 2011 An Obama administration decision to relax agency reporting rules for complying with cybersecurity mandates by instead requiring automated data feeds about threats could relegate risk management to a back-office function and leave senior executives out of the loop, some auditors say. Read the full story on Nextgov.

New FISMA Regs Roll Back Three-Year Reauthorizations

September 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration has rescinded a much-maligned, paper-intensive requirement that agencies test the security controls on computer systems every three years or when upgraded. This year, the annual instructions for complying with the 2002 Federal Information Security Act, or FISMA, say that new governmentwide procedures for automatically testing and tracking...

Group urges U.S. to adopt electronic ID cards for citizens

September 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the Obama administration works on a set of voluntary online credentials for American Web surfers, some technologists say the government should examine Estonia's mandatory electronic identification cards as a model. In the United States, opposition to national ID cards has long prevented the government from assigning citizens electronic credentials...

Group urges U.S. to adopt electronic ID cards for citizens

September 15, 2011 As the Obama administration works on a set of voluntary online credentials for American Web surfers, some technologists say the government should examine Estonia's mandatory electronic identification cards as a model. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

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