recommended reading

author archives

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.

Results 1541-1550 of 2645

Government scolded for data breach notification delays

July 18, 2011 The Obama administration in recent weeks has recommended that companies move more quickly to alert customers when their personal data is compromised. Now internal auditors are recommending the federal government listen to its own advice. In a report released Thursday, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration dinged the IRS...

New FBI biometric database will help feds nab undocumented immigrants

July 18, 2011 The federal government plans to use an upgraded FBI biometric database to identify dangerous undocumented immigrants for possible deportation more quickly and accurately, according to internal agency documents. The FBI is in the process of transitioning from its existing Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System to the Next -Generation Identification system...

Securing Critical Networks

July 18, 2011 It seems every day we learn about a new intrusion into government or civilian networks. Likewise, the plans and proposals to thwart such threats are multiplying. The White House released two strategies earlier this year -- one civilian and one international -- that attempt to carve a path forward in...

from govexec

From Nextgov: New FBI biometric database will help feds nab undocumented immigrants

July 18, 2011 The federal government plans to use an upgraded FBI biometric database to identify dangerous undocumented immigrants for possible deportation more quickly and accurately, according to internal agency documents. Read the full story on Nextgov.

DHS' failure to leverage large technology buys costs billions in lost savings

July 15, 2011 The Homeland Security Department did not routinely attempt to slash costs for equipment through bulk purchasing, especially for billions of dollars' worth of explosive detection tools, according to the DHS inspector general. For instance, various Homeland Security agencies individually bought $170 million worth of small X-ray machines, metal detectors, and...

Pentagon goes on the defensive with cyber strategy

July 14, 2011 Pentagon officials on Thursday unveiled an unclassified version of a new cyber operations strategy that focuses on defensive protections, rather than offensive actions, to stem an ever increasing number of military network intrusions. "The thrust of this strategy is defensive. It is protecting the networks because those networks undergird all...

New technology may have prevented airport stun gun debacle

July 13, 2011 The Transportation Security Administration had been upgrading carry-on baggage X-ray machines nationwide with multiangle viewers for more precise inspection, even before a smartphone-size stun gun apparently bypassed security at Boston's Logan International Airport, according to a manufacturer that supplies both the older and newer technology. The traditional imaging systems offer...

from govexec

From Nextgov: New technology may have prevented airport stun gun debacle

July 13, 2011 The Transportation Security Administration had been upgrading carry-on baggage X-ray machines nationwide with multiangle viewers for more precise inspection, even before a smartphone-size stun gun apparently bypassed security at Boston's Logan International Airport, according to a manufacturer that supplies both the older and newer technology. Read the full story on...

CIO looks back on nine years at Justice

July 12, 2011 Departing Justice Chief Information Officer Vance Hitch, the longest-serving federal CIO, says the memory of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks kept him in the post most managers vacate after two years. "It was because of 9/11" that Hitch, who will retire in July, joined Justice in the spring of...

Booz Allen hackers post 90,000 military emails and passwords

July 11, 2011 The hacker alliance Anonymous on Monday struck defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton by posting to the Web what it claims are 90,000 military email addresses and passwords. Anonymous has become the most high-profile sect of a loosely-organized legion of hacktivists who deface websites and expose confidential data belonging to entities...