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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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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...

Case Study: Cybersecurity best practices at Defense

August 1, 2011 The U.S. military's computer systems are probed by outsiders millions of times a day, while insiders, like a soldier who allegedly extracted heaps of classified files for public consumption on the WikiLeaks website, also pose threats. In mid-July, the Pentagon released an unprecedented cybersecurity strategy that formally branded cyberspace as...

Report: Inadequate Coast Guard data sharing obstructed communication after oil spill

August 1, 2011 The failure of a beleaguered $30 billion U.S. Coast Guard modernization program to resolve communication problems hampered the exchange of data between aircraft and vessels during last year's Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, federal auditors say. The program, also named Deepwater, was started in 1996 to refresh nearly all the service's...

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Cybersecurity: Defense Department

August 1, 2011 The U.S. military's computer systems are probed by outsiders millions of times a day, while insiders, like a soldier who allegedly extracted heaps of classified files for public consumption on the WikiLeaks website, also pose threats. In mid-July, the Pentagon released an unprecedented cybersecurity strategy that formally branded cyberspace as...

Shared interest in online fraud makes strange bedfellows

July 28, 2011 The U.S. government is turning to some unexpected partners to fend off Chinese cyber spies and Russian hackers -- China and Russia. While both countries have been accused of condoning, if not outright sponsoring, malicious online activity, they each share America's frustration with identity theft. U.S. officials see that commonality...

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From Nextgov: Shared interest in online fraud makes strange bedfellows

July 28, 2011 The U.S. government is turning to some unexpected partners to fend off Chinese cyber spies and Russian hackers -- China and Russia. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Federal cloud computing gets privacy nod from ACLU

July 27, 2011 Amid a growing push by the Obama administration to shutter money-sucking federal data centers, the American Civil Liberties Union says it is not nervous about the risk of privacy breaches from storing government records remotely in the cloud instead. Outsourcing IT infrastructure and operations to third-party companies in the cloud,...

GSA moves all 17,000 employee email accounts to the cloud

July 26, 2011 Contractors say all 17,000 General Services Administration employees have successfully signed on to a professional version of Gmail. The milestone makes GSA the first of roughly 15 agencies to move to cloud-based email. GSA completed its conversion from IBM's Lotus Notes software to Google Apps for Government, an online tool...

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From Nextgov: GSA moves all 17,000 employee email accounts to the cloud

July 26, 2011 Contractors say all 17,000 General Services Administration employees have successfully signed on to a professional version of Gmail. The milestone makes GSA the first of roughly 15 agencies to move to cloud-based email. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.