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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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A decade after Sept. 11 attacks, Homeland Security leaders reflect on progress

August 17, 2011 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday looped industry leaders into the See Something, Say Something messaging campaign by showing them new public service announcements for their company websites. The public awareness movement, which was launched by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and now is ubiquitous in the Washington...

Foreign Contractors Can Check Employment Eligibility Online

August 16, 2011 Foreigners who aspire to work for federal contractors can now use a Spanish-language website to make sure their correct immigration status is on file with the government before their employers are required to do so -- avoiding potential unemployment. All personnel doing business with the government must pass muster with...

Dangerous Liaisons

August 15, 2011 Let's start with the fundamental lapse that started this mess--the Defense Department designed the underpinnings of the Internet to make information easy to swap, not easy to secure. Now, efforts to add protections often complicate information sharing. For instance, in an effort to prevent another WikiLeaks-like episode, where an employee...

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Dangerous Liaisons

August 15, 2011 High-profile data breaches are tipping the balance between connecting and protecting people. Let's start with the fundamental lapse that started this mess-the Defense Department designed the underpinnings of the Internet to make information easy to swap, not easy to secure. Now, efforts to add protections often complicate information sharing. For...

Administration issues far-reaching plan for building cyber workforce

August 12, 2011 The Obama administration on Friday released the first-ever roadmap for building a U.S. cybersecurity workforce and testing the government's success at raising public awareness of computer threats. Currently, there is no definition of what it means to be a cybersecurity professional. The draft strategic plan sets forth a way to...

Government should sell ad space on dot-gov websites, entrepreneur says

August 11, 2011 As the federal government examines ways to save money by simplifying the dot-gov domain, some companies and jurisdictions say it actually should be making money off its Web pages. Federal guidance prohibits online commercial advertising on all dot-gov pages, even state and local websites. Because the General Services Administration operates...

NASA awards $10 million flight services contract to seven firms

August 10, 2011 Space tourism company Virgin Galactic is among seven companies NASA has tapped to take over cargo flights, as early as next month, as part of a new commercial direction for the U.S. space program. This week's announcement of the combined $10 million flight services contract follows the July return trip...

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From Nextgov: NASA awards $10 million flight services contract to seven firms

August 10, 2011 Space tourism company Virgin Galactic is among seven companies NASA has tapped to take over cargo flights, as early as next month, as part of a new commercial direction for the U.S. space program. Read the full story on Nextgov.

GAO raps State's computer security monitoring program

August 9, 2011 The State Department's pioneering efforts to automate the tracking of computer threats have failed to provide a holistic picture of its cybersecurity posture, federal auditors reported Monday afternoon. In 2010, the department was at the forefront of a governmentwide shift to "continuous monitoring" of data security, Government Accountability Office auditors...

Panetta Invokes Pearl Harbor While Anonymous Calls for Revolution

August 8, 2011 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's greatest enemy in cyberspace may be U.S. cyber "revolutionaries." While visiting the U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska on Friday, Panetta invoked the image of Pearl Harbor, as he has done before, to warn soldiers about the threat an attack against critical infrastructure networks would pose to...