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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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Software licensing issues delay Pentagon's computer security plan

September 29, 2011 A forthcoming DVD containing standard security settings for quickly configuring computers on the battlefield likely cannot be used departmentwide until each service's multiyear software licenses expire, Pentagon officials said. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

OnStar, Supreme Court Weigh Practicality of GPS Spying

September 28, 2011 Navigation service OnStar has scrubbed a planned policy that would have kept tabs on drivers after they canceled their subscriptions, amid a backlash from customers and privacy activists. A recently proposed change to the General Motors subsidiary's terms and conditions stated that starting in December it would continue to collect...

Legal positions on warrantless GPS tracking defy politics

September 28, 2011 Do not expect the U.S. Supreme Court to split along partisan lines when it grapples with an upcoming Obama administration case to decide whether amassing location data from a GPS device on a suspect's vehicle is constitutional, said former Bush administration officials who have argued before the court during both...

Political and industry wrangling likely will delay cybersecurity reforms

September 26, 2011 Republicans are set to deliver House Speaker John Boehner proposals for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation early next month, but disagreements over regulating critical infrastructure sectors and partisan friction make it unlikely the House and Senate will agree on a final big bill by year's end, say people familiar with the negotiations....

Proposed funding cuts will jeopardize DHS headquarters plans

September 23, 2011 The planned relocation of Homeland Security Department headquarters to St. Elizabeths hospital will fall off-schedule and could rack up more costs under the reduced funding levels that Congress wants, Obama administration officials said Friday. Lawmakers denied spending requests for the move amid concerns about the general economic environment as well...

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Proposed funding cuts will jeopardize DHS headquarters plans

September 23, 2011 The planned relocation of Homeland Security Department headquarters to St. Elizabeths hospital will fall off-schedule and could rack up more costs under the reduced funding levels that Congress wants, Obama administration officials said Friday. Read the full story on Nextgov.

New Disk Allows Military Computers To Start Up Faster and Safer

September 22, 2011 The Pentagon expects to release by the first quarter of 2012 a single disk containing licensed, standard security settings that all troops can pop into desktops to quickly access the information they need during battle without messing with configurations, Defense Department officials said on Thursday. The effort is an offshoot...

Programmer, procurement staff failings contribute to software attacks

September 22, 2011 When hackers take advantage of a software flaw in a federal financial system to steal credit card numbers, procurement officers and program developers are both to blame for the intrusion, some information security specialists say. "We were at fault because we allowed that common weakness that let them into the...

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Programmer, procurement staff failings contribute to software attacks

September 22, 2011 When hackers take advantage of a software flaw in a federal financial system to steal credit card numbers, procurement officers and program developers are both to blame for the intrusion, some information security specialists say. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Charity clampdown to curb terrorist financing leads to more kidnappings

September 21, 2011 The federal government's success in cutting off terrorist financing through phony or diverted charitable contributions has pushed cells to resort to kidnapping for ransom and novel Web-based payments, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday. Potential attackers are turning to new funding sources, as well as continuing to solicit money from...