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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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Are the White House Hackers Gone?

9:20 AM ET Efforts to suppress abnormal behavior on an unclassified White House network continue, according to Obama administration officials. "When we identified the activity of concern, we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity," a senior administration official told Nextgov on Wednesday night. The official repeatedly declined to answer whether ...

Here Are Six Nearly Certified Cloud Services Waiting in the Wings

October 28, 2014 The many agencies that skipped a June deadline to ensure their cloud services meet basic security controls now have a faster way to comply, according to government officials. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, a cloud certification endeavor, has created a regularly updated list of "FedRAMP Ready Systems" that ...

600 Military Travelers Handed ‘Chip and PIN’ Hack-Resistant Credit Cards

October 28, 2014 About 600 Defense Department travel cardholders are trying out new cards embedded with hack-resistant chips that require users to enter a passcode for purchases. The pilot program is part of a governmentwide effort to stanch rampant credit card theft. By the end of summer 2015, all military travelers will have ...

Why Some Agencies Want a One-Size-Fits-All Policy for Mobile Devices

October 27, 2014 Various national security agencies would like the White House to provide guidance on how to handle mobile devices in the workplace. Employees are clamoring to use their personal smartphones and managers fear falling behind the technological curve. Currently, there is no governmentwide policy on mobile device security. Each agency has ...

DHS Expects to Outsource Employment Verification Checks to the Cloud

October 27, 2014 The Department of Homeland Security plans to try a novel identity check model that lets citizens put a freeze on their Social Security numbers. That comes after lawmakers have pushed for a mechanism that locks down SSNs, so they can’t be used by immigrants to steal identities and fake work ...

Hackers Seize Terminally Ill Newborn’s Tribute Page, Take From Staples’ Till and Avenge Snapchat Archivist

October 24, 2014 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Staples Registers Hacked by Credit Card Thieves Multiple banks have traced fraudulent transactions to payment cards used at Staples office supply locations in the Northeastern United States. Teen Who Posted Nudies from Snapchat ...

10 Crazy Devices the Secret Service Could Use to Put the Kibosh on Fence Jumping

October 23, 2014 A gate crasher bypassed an unlocked, manual front door and two guards and made it deep into the White House last month, while two K-9s Wednesday night managed to halt a would-be uninvited guest. So far, this year, there have been at least five intrusions on White House grounds demonstrating ...

NOAA Considers Whether to Ax Employee Accused of Breaching Army Dam Files

October 21, 2014 National Weather Service employee Xiafen “Sherry” Chen was arrested Monday at her office in Ohio for allegedly breaching an Army database containing sensitive files on U.S. dams. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agency says it’s reviewing whether to take administrative action against the hydrologist, NOAA officials said Tuesday. ...

The Number of Industries Getting Classified Cyberthreat Tips from DHS Has Doubled Since July

October 20, 2014 Firms from half of the nation’s 16 key industries, including wastewater and banking, have paid for special technology to join a Department of Homeland Security program that shares classified cyberthreat intelligence, in hopes of protecting society from a catastrophic cyberattack. Participation in the Enhanced Cybersecurity Services initiative has more than ...

Hackers ‘Sandworm’ NATO, Incite Pakistan-India Cyber-rattling and Save Nude Snapchats

October 17, 2014 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Pakistan Hacktivists Return Fire after Indian Hacktivists Breach Political Party Site A day after the Pakistan People's Party’s website was hacked by an Indian group, Pakistan hackers defiled the Press Club of India ...