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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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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...

Verizon strike isn't likely to disrupt federal communications

August 8, 2011 Government customers of Verizon, a huge player in the federal marketplace, should not experience outages or data losses while the firm's wired communications employees strike for what observers say could be months, the company and telecommunications experts said Monday. But the deployment of new services could be delayed by a...

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From Nextgov: Verizon strike isn't likely to disrupt federal communications

August 8, 2011 Government customers of Verizon, a huge player in the federal marketplace, should not experience outages or data losses while the firm's wired communications employees strike for what observers say could be months, the company and telecommunications experts said Monday. Read the full story on Nextgov.

New Federal CIO Has Cyber Track Record

August 4, 2011 Incoming federal chief information officer Steven VanRoekel says experience safeguarding the cloud at his former employer, the Federal Communications Commission, has prepared him to improve the security of digital assets governmentwide. In October, the then-FCC managing director announced that a new cloud-based environment hosting FCC.gov complied with a laundry list...

Biometric database helps end 'voluntary return' of illegal immigrants

August 4, 2011 Government authorities are using a Homeland Security Department immigration database that tracks past arrests to end a policy under which illegal border crossers were allowed to return home without penalty, the top Customs and Border Protection official said on Thursday. In the past, undocumented aliens who were arrested but had...

Feds to kids: Hacking for government agencies can be cool

August 3, 2011 Federal officials are planning to tell computer-savvy children about the risks and rewards of using their coding skills to break into computers at this weekend's first-ever DEF CON Kids hacker conference. The lineup for the Meet the Feds panel scheduled for Saturday includes, among others, leaders from the Army's computer...

Debt deal could be a blow for cybersecurity

August 2, 2011 The $2.1 trillion debt-cap pact that Congress passed Tuesday could hurt economic and national security as agencies postpone plans to invest in cybersecurity technology and hire more network specialists due to uncertainty over potential program cuts, computer security advisers say. The legislation automatically chops about $1 trillion from federal activities...

Auditors: Pentagon Cyber Budget Has Fuzzy Numbers

August 1, 2011 Federal auditors have told Pentagon officials to define "cybersecurity" so the military services adopt the same terminology, and by extension, calculate their cyber spending plans in comparable ways. With a clear definition, the department could avoid having to redo the math on its cyber budget, something it was forced to...

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