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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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New House GOP task force to weigh Obama cyber proposal by Oct.

June 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House GOP leaders on Friday announced the creation of a Republican task force that will evaluate the White House's recent proposal for far-reaching cybersecurity reforms. Senate leaders support most of the Obama administration's 52-page draft legislation, but House Republicans have not taken a public stance on many of the issues,...

White House proposal could open computer networks to insider threats

June 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A White House cybersecurity proposal that requires auditors to evaluate the protection of critical networks could actually make those networks more vulnerable by opening them to new insider threats, an industry group representing many federal technology contractors said Friday. Lawmakers currently are evaluating draft legislation from the Obama administration that,...

From Nextgov: White House proposal could open computer networks to insider threats

June 24, 2011 A White House cybersecurity proposal that requires auditors to evaluate the protection of critical networks could actually make those networks more vulnerable by opening them to new insider threats, an industry group representing many federal technology contractors said Friday. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com

FBI teams with 11 countries to unmask scareware ringleaders

June 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow FBI officials coordinated with nearly a dozen countries to squelch two cyber gangs that netted $74 million by downloading viruses onto more than 1 million victims' computers and then threatening to erase their hard drives unless they purchased pricy fixes. The shakedown on purveyors of "scareware" is one of several...

White House agrees to let Congress codify some cybersecurity policies

June 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Obama administration officials say they will let Congress make permanent in statute some cybersecurity policies the White House initially had wanted the executive branch to authorize, to more quickly implement the law. The White House in May distributed to lawmakers 52 pages of text for consideration as part of a...

Banks urged to get faster at reporting cyber breaches

June 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An industry group representing the largest financial institutions said banks hit by cyber intrusions should immediately notify federal officials and affected customers, amid controversy over Citigroup's decision to wait weeks before informing account holders of a significant breach. The White House recently introduced legislative language that would allow a much...

From Nextgov: Banks urged to get faster at reporting cyber breaches

June 21, 2011 An industry group representing the largest financial institutions said banks hit by cyber intrusions should immediately notify federal officials and affected customers, amid controversy over Citigroup's decision to wait weeks before informing account holders of a significant breach. Read the full story on Nextgov.

LulzSec Hacktivists Declare War on .Gov Websites; Feds Stand Ready

June 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following hacker group LulzSec's call for war on all government websites, the Homeland Security Department, which protects U.S. private and civilian agency networks, said DHS is proceeding with work to secure .gov networks in response to emerging online threats. The group of unidentified pranksters on Monday claimed responsibility, in a...

Treasury seeks brainy search engine to help follow terrorist money

June 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Treasury Department is searching for a supersmart search engine to spot signs of terrorist-financing and money laundering among monetary transactions totaling 9 terabytes of data -- the equivalent of a stack of typewritten pages nearly 460 miles high. Treasury's intelligence arm, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, has...

ATF officials ignored red flags on website intended to help stop gun-trafficking

June 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix recorded abnormal sales of firearms in an electronic weapons-tracking system but no one intervened to stop the cross-border gunrunning, aides for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee told Nextgov. Instead of...