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Aliya Sternstein

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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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Field Fusion

September 1, 2011 Regional centers share records on suspected terrorists. A police officer driving by a King County, Wash., dam that supplies drinking water in the Seattle area notices a hole in a chain-link fence surrounding the premises. He interviews passersby to see whether they saw anybody with a wire cutter. His training...

GAO reviews Americans' interest-level in cyber jobs

August 31, 2011 Federal auditors are conducting a human capital study to gauge the draw, or lack thereof, of cybersecurity careers, Government Accountability Office researchers said. Government and industry officials, as well as employment postings and university degree programs, regularly tantalize job seekers with estimates that the country needs about 30,000 information security...

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GAO reviews Americans' interest-level in cyber jobs

August 31, 2011 Federal auditors are conducting a human capital study to gauge the draw, or lack thereof, of cybersecurity careers, Government Accountability Office researchers said. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Most federal websites fail to install add-ons for thwarting site redirects, despite mandate

August 30, 2011 A year and a half after a White House-imposed deadline, only 23 percent of federal websites have employed mandatory security measures to prevent hackers from transferring visitors to bogus websites, a General Services Administration official told Nextgov. The George W. Bush administration in August 2008 directed all agencies to adopt...

Say goodbye to traditional immigration processing forms

August 29, 2011 In preparation for a long-delayed transition to online processing of immigration applications, the Homeland Security Department has released new rules for describing forms and filing procedures in official policies. The 43-page federal notice published Monday instructs the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a unit of DHS, to stop typing on...

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Say goodbye to traditional immigration processing forms

August 29, 2011 In preparation for a long-delayed transition to online processing of immigration applications, the Homeland Security Department has released new rules for describing forms and filing procedures in official policies. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Researchers Uncover the File That Triggered RSA SecurID Breach

August 26, 2011 Researchers have located an infected email that cyberspies in March sent personnel at federal contractor EMC to steal security-sensitive information from the maker of widely-used RSA SecurID network login products, said officials at F-Secure Security Labs Friday. Apparently, an EMC employee, again, was responsible for the data exposure. In March,...

Mother Nature and nuclear reactors prove powerful allies for communications advocates

August 25, 2011 Emergency phone and Internet systems have been deployed for federal radiological responders to aid Virginia's North Anna nuclear power plant in the event any problems develop as a result of Tuesday's earthquake or the arrival of Hurricane Irene, agency officials said. But there are no such dedicated communication lines between...

National Archives Shreds SEC Over Records Trashing Allegations

August 19, 2011 The National Archives and Records Administration is lambasting the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly destroying digital records, amid reports that the agency deleted thousands of files on financial institutions under scrutiny. SEC had not forged an agreement with NARA on a timetable for deleting this information, so, under federal...

Auditors: IRS plan compromises security for e-payment users

August 19, 2011 The Internal Revenue Service glossed over computer security in planning for a new tax return law that applies to e-payment processors, government investigators said. The law kicks in during the 2012 filing season for the 2011 tax year. A tiny provision folded into the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act...