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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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Expediency and red tape collide in IRS mobile app release

September 20, 2011 While an Internal Revenue Service mobile application that lets taxpayers check the status of refunds is secure, according to a federal watchdog, he scolded the IRS for breaking procedural rules to get it to market quickly. The IRS2GO app, which also allows users to receive tax tips and the latest...

Defense to grow industrial base cyber program, DHS may expand to other sectors

September 19, 2011 The Pentagon this fall expects to make permanent and expand a test program through which the Defense Department shared classified intelligence on cyber threats with select contractors to better secure commercial networks serving the military. The trial that ran from May 9 through Sept. 15 thwarted hundreds of attempted breaches...

Substituting cyber reporting with continuous monitoring carries risks

September 16, 2011 An Obama administration decision to relax agency reporting rules for complying with cybersecurity mandates by instead requiring automated data feeds about threats could relegate risk management to a back-office function and leave senior executives out of the loop, some auditors say. This year's instructions for adhering to the 2002 Federal...

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Substituting cyber reporting with continuous monitoring carries risks

September 16, 2011 An Obama administration decision to relax agency reporting rules for complying with cybersecurity mandates by instead requiring automated data feeds about threats could relegate risk management to a back-office function and leave senior executives out of the loop, some auditors say. Read the full story on Nextgov.

New FISMA Regs Roll Back Three-Year Reauthorizations

September 15, 2011 The Obama administration has rescinded a much-maligned, paper-intensive requirement that agencies test the security controls on computer systems every three years or when upgraded. This year, the annual instructions for complying with the 2002 Federal Information Security Act, or FISMA, say that new governmentwide procedures for automatically testing and tracking...

Group urges U.S. to adopt electronic ID cards for citizens

September 15, 2011 As the Obama administration works on a set of voluntary online credentials for American Web surfers, some technologists say the government should examine Estonia's mandatory electronic identification cards as a model. In the United States, opposition to national ID cards has long prevented the government from assigning citizens electronic credentials...

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Group urges U.S. to adopt electronic ID cards for citizens

September 15, 2011 As the Obama administration works on a set of voluntary online credentials for American Web surfers, some technologists say the government should examine Estonia's mandatory electronic identification cards as a model. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

At Last, a DHS Exit System to Nab Potential Terrorists

September 14, 2011 Within the next 6 to 12 months, Homeland Security Department officials say they expect to have a long-awaited, instantaneous system for tracking foreigners who have overstayed their visits. Lawmakers have said such a tool is crucial for removing potential terrorists. In 2002, DHS began to build a comprehensive entry and...

Cyber breaches at financial firms increasingly are inside jobs

September 14, 2011 Not surprisingly, the economic downturn is spawning a rise in cyber breaches at financial services firms, but increasingly the culprits are the banks' own employees, academic experts told Congress on Wednesday. Damages inflicted on financial firms by managers, sales staff and other non-technical personnel averaged about $800,000 per organization, according...

Cracks in security leave DHS financial systems vulnerable to abuse

September 13, 2011 Security weaknesses in the computers that track money for the Homeland Security Department could lead to a substantial mistake in the agency's financial statements, according to a federal audit. KPMG analysts hired by the DHS inspector general to assess the department's various financial systems for the fiscal year ending Sept....