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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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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.

Plan to fight organized crime recognizes growing cyber threats

July 25, 2011 Obama administration officials on Monday unrolled a plan to fight global organized crime that says computer crime is a much greater threat today, because online networks undergird nearly every illicit network. During a 40-minute White House event to announce the strategy, officials did not mention the words "Internet," "computer" or...

E-neighborhood watch program spreads to half of states

July 22, 2011 A law enforcement program designed to function like a nationwide e-neighborhood watch is now providing half of U.S. states with an information sharing capability that did not exist before 2001, according to a Homeland Security Department assessment of compliance with the 9/11 commission recommendations on the 10th anniversary of the...

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From Nextgov: E-neighborhood watch program spreads to half of states

July 22, 2011 A law enforcement program designed to function like a nationwide e-neighborhood watch is now providing half of U.S. states with an information sharing capability that did not exist before 2001, according to a Homeland Security Department assessment of compliance with the 9/11 commission recommendations on the 10th anniversary of the...

Social networking patterns help snag bank fraud suspects

July 21, 2011 The hardest part of untangling a web of organized cyber crime associated with the password-swiping Zeus virus is not the malicious code, but the thieves' scattered locations, FBI officials said Wednesday afternoon. The officials drew this conclusion from one successful attempt last fall to arrest about 92 people suspected of...

Administration seeks to fill gaps in privacy protections

July 21, 2011 The Obama administration has proposed the first-ever privacy safeguards for protecting the personal information of citizens that is handled by federal computing systems. The National Institute of Standards and Technology specifications fill gaps in existing information security procedures that date back to 2003, such as the need to offer members...

Pentagon official worries about implications of British hacking scandal

July 20, 2011 The British phone hacking scandal demonstrates the need for fortified consumer smartphones that block call interceptions, said the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman, noting that the Pentagon pays a pretty pound for such technology today. While there is no evidence that reporters at the now-defunct News of the...

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From Nextgov: Pentagon official worries about implications of British hacking scandal

July 20, 2011 The British phone hacking scandal demonstrates the need for fortified consumer smartphones that block call interceptions, said the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman, noting that the Pentagon pays a pretty pound for such technology today. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

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...