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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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From Nextgov: New FBI biometric database will help feds nab undocumented immigrants

July 18, 2011 The federal government plans to use an upgraded FBI biometric database to identify dangerous undocumented immigrants for possible deportation more quickly and accurately, according to internal agency documents. Read the full story on Nextgov.

DHS' failure to leverage large technology buys costs billions in lost savings

July 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department did not routinely attempt to slash costs for equipment through bulk purchasing, especially for billions of dollars' worth of explosive detection tools, according to the DHS inspector general. For instance, various Homeland Security agencies individually bought $170 million worth of small X-ray machines, metal detectors, and...

Pentagon goes on the defensive with cyber strategy

July 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pentagon officials on Thursday unveiled an unclassified version of a new cyber operations strategy that focuses on defensive protections, rather than offensive actions, to stem an ever increasing number of military network intrusions. "The thrust of this strategy is defensive. It is protecting the networks because those networks undergird all...

New technology may have prevented airport stun gun debacle

July 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Transportation Security Administration had been upgrading carry-on baggage X-ray machines nationwide with multiangle viewers for more precise inspection, even before a smartphone-size stun gun apparently bypassed security at Boston's Logan International Airport, according to a manufacturer that supplies both the older and newer technology. The traditional imaging systems offer...

From Nextgov: New technology may have prevented airport stun gun debacle

July 13, 2011 The Transportation Security Administration had been upgrading carry-on baggage X-ray machines nationwide with multiangle viewers for more precise inspection, even before a smartphone-size stun gun apparently bypassed security at Boston's Logan International Airport, according to a manufacturer that supplies both the older and newer technology. Read the full story on...

CIO looks back on nine years at Justice

July 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Departing Justice Chief Information Officer Vance Hitch, the longest-serving federal CIO, says the memory of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks kept him in the post most managers vacate after two years. "It was because of 9/11" that Hitch, who will retire in July, joined Justice in the spring of...

Booz Allen hackers post 90,000 military emails and passwords

July 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The hacker alliance Anonymous on Monday struck defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton by posting to the Web what it claims are 90,000 military email addresses and passwords. Anonymous has become the most high-profile sect of a loosely-organized legion of hacktivists who deface websites and expose confidential data belonging to entities...

Pentagon's cyber strategy aims to quell fears of militarizing cyberspace

July 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon plans on July 14 to release a much-anticipated cyberspace operations strategy that, contrary to some expectations, does not call for militarizing the domain. According to an unclassified draft copy of the framework obtained by Nextgov, the goal is to extinguish any hope enemies may have of accomplishing a...

From Nextgov: Pentagon's cyber strategy aims to quell fears of militarizing cyberspace

July 8, 2011 The Pentagon plans on July 14 to release a much-anticipated cyberspace operations strategy that, contrary to some expectations, does not call for militarizing the domain. According to an unclassified draft copy of the framework obtained by Nextgov, the goal is to extinguish any hope enemies may have of accomplishing a...

Threat of destructive coding on foreign-manufactured technology is real

July 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government has identified technology components in the U.S. supply chain that have been embedded with security flaws, the top U.S. civilian cybersecurity official said Thursday. Greg Schaffer, acting deputy undersecretary of the Homeland Security Department National Protection and Programs Directorate, confirmed the threat during a House Oversight and...