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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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Navy Man Allegedly Staged Photo Shoot Inside Classified Nuke Sub

July 27, 2015 A Navy employee allegedly snapped photos of secret components in a nuclear submarine that adversaries could use to overpower the United States, court filings show. But the newly unsealed papers contain no indication Kristian Saucier, 28, was acting out a script of the FX series "The Americans," in which KGB...

ID Theft Prevention Might Not Protect OPM Hack Victims, Top Democrat Says

July 27, 2015 Congress may never be able to protect 21.5 million data breach victims from security dangers by funding identity theft protections, the second highest-ranking House Democrat says. Lawmakers currently are crafting credit monitoring measures, but whoever stole background check data on U.S. personnel cleared to see classified intelligence might not have...

Hackers Take Aim at Census Employees, Compromise CVS Photo Customers, and Snoop on Epic Gamers

July 27, 2015 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Anonymous Leaks Internal Census Data to Protest Controversial Trade Deals The Census Bureau, part of the Commerce Department, recently bore the brunt of grievances about a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and...

Senate Committee Poised to Upgrade Agency Anti-Hacking Laws, Again

July 23, 2015 Federal data security legislation enacted in 2002 that was overhauled last December already is due for an upgrade owing to a confluence of events, say the bill’s authors. First, the Department of Homeland Security laid out a course to wrap its intrusion-thwarting system around all federal networks this year. But...

Senators Want Homeland Security To Be a Leading Cyber Defense Agency

July 22, 2015 Senators from both parties are pushing to position the Department of Homeland Security as the U.S. Cyber Command of the civilian government, after many agencies refused to fall into line on information security last year. Following the largest known hack of U.S. federal employee information, a bipartisan group of six...

Senators Want to Give DHS New CYBERCOM-Like Powers to Thwart Civilian Agency Hacks

July 22, 2015 Senators from both parties are pushing to position the Department of Homeland Security as the U.S. Cyber Command of the civilian government, after many agencies refused to fall into line on information security last year. Following the largest known hack of U.S. federal employee information, a bipartisan group of six...

The Top 10 Women Cyber Guardians You Should Know About

July 22, 2015 The paucity of women in math and science extends to the data security realm. Women make up 14 percent of federal government cyber personnel, according to a May (ISC)2 global information security workforce study. The number was even lower in the private sector as recently as 2013: 11 percent. But...

Were Background Investigations Falsified During the OPM Hack?

July 21, 2015 There are growing concerns among some security experts that whoever stole data on 21.5 million federal personnel and family members might have falsified background check information, but U.S. officials say they have no evidence of tampering right now. One motivation for meddling with investigations could be to embed a foreign...

Hackers Enter UCLA Health and Expose Carl’s Jr. Model, While Worker Leaks National Guard Data

July 20, 2015 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Army National Guard Personnel Data Inadvertently Exposed During a security incident different than the one affecting 21.5 million federal employees and their family members, Guard member information was breached. All current and former...

OPM Changes Privacy Rules to Let Investigators Inside All Databases

July 20, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management has rewritten privacy regulations to let investigators probe all of its databases for breaches. The move to open systems housing medical files, defense mobilization emergency personnel information, and about 40 other types of records, comes after the discovery of significant entryways for hackers in at...