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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.

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U.S. law enforcement agencies struggle to detect cyberattack sponsors

April 13, 2011 Most computer crimes originate in Russia and other Eastern European countries, according to U.S. law enforcement officers, but officials do not have the capability to pinpoint whether such attacks are sponsored by criminal enterprises or nation states, they told Senate lawmakers on Tuesday. Easy, cheap access to the Internet, particularly...

Budget deal threatens government cloud security clearances

April 12, 2011 A program aimed at curbing federal information technology costs by expediting security certifications for shared, so-called clouds might be a victim of the latest round of budget cuts, technology officials familiar with funding conversations said. A proposed $35 million e-government account that supports FedRAMP, the cloud security effort, was gutted...

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From Nextgov.com: Budget deal threatens government cloud security clearances

April 12, 2011 A program aimed at curbing federal information technology costs by expediting security certifications for shared, so-called clouds might be a victim of the latest round of budget cuts, technology officials familiar with funding conversations said. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Congress, administration grapple with cyber defense authority

April 11, 2011 The head of the military unit overseeing cyberspace reaffirmed that the U.S. Cyber Command cannot monitor civilian networks, noting its powerlessness over systems outside the .mil domain might require congressional action. "I do not have the authority to look at what's going on in other government sectors, nor what would...

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From Nextgov.com: Congress, administration grapple with cyber defense authority

April 11, 2011 The head of the military unit overseeing cyberspace reaffirmed that the U.S. Cyber Command cannot monitor civilian networks, noting its powerlessness over systems outside the .mil domain might require congressional action. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

No Shutdown Reporting Reprieve for Stimulus Fund Recipients

April 8, 2011 While perhaps not critical to the protection of life and property, the economic stimulus-tracking website Recovery.gov is exempt from the government shutdown. The site, which will be updated later this month, is funded through 2009 Recovery Act appropriations -- not the annual agency appropriations that Congress is debating today. A...

Lawmaker: TSA should supply screening technology to foreign countries

April 8, 2011 Transportation Security Administration experts have traveled the globe to train foreign aviation officials in countries that lack resources, but TSA is not allowed to offer surplus security technology to those nations, say some lawmakers who see the limitation as a threat to the U.S. supply chain and public safety. "One...

Cybersecurity staff won't be furloughed in shutdown, DHS officials say

April 7, 2011 Homeland Security Department personnel and contractor support staff who perform cybersecurity functions would not be furloughed during a government shutdown, DHS officials said. As the prospects dim for Republicans, Democrats and the White House to broker a deal for funding agency services, federal departments are racing to determine which employees...

Shutdown Would Delay Obama Cyber Reforms

April 6, 2011 Work on a White House legislative proposal for cybersecurity reform would be delayed by a government shutdown, Obama administration officials told senators. Judiciary Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., who recently lambasted the administration for stalling passage by withholding judgment on the issue, pressed officials this week to...

Justice balks at requiring law enforcement officers to obtain search warrants for all digital data

April 6, 2011 With Congress expected to take action on Internet privacy legislation this year, the Justice Department on Wednesday warned lawmakers against mandating that law enforcement officers obtain search warrants to access all online communications. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., invited Obama administration officials to share their concerns and suggestions about...