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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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Federal Government Expects to Bring on 3,500 More Cyber Pros by 2017

July 12, 2016 The White House on Tuesday unveiled a recruitment agenda that envisions a tour of duty fighting hackers for the U.S. government as part of any private cyber pro's career. "The supply of cybersecurity talent to meet the increasing demand of the federal government is simply not sufficient," officials from the...

Treasury Says It Needs Some New Security Features for Next-Gen Money

July 11, 2016 Now's the chance to make your mark on the next series of U.S. dollar bills. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing later this month is expected to start competing a contract for the creation of features -- like special fibers and optical tricks -- to prevent forgery. The anti-counterfeit markers...

Hackers Post Police Records after Sterling Shooting, Show NATO Gen. Plotted Against Obama, and Broach NASA Twitter Account

July 11, 2016 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Activist Leaks Law Enforcement Database after Louisiana Police Shooting Days after the killing of a black man by Baton Rouge officers prompted global outrage, an individual posted online 50,000 poached city police records....

House Committee OKs Bill Letting the FBI Use Rapid DNA Profiling

July 8, 2016 A DNA evidence bill that would let police in the field, not just technicians in an accredited lab, quickly test the genetic material of suspects has advanced to the House floor. The measure centers around a relatively new screening instrument the size of a printer, called Rapid DNA. The idea...

Bill Banning Porn, Personal Email on Agency Computers Under Fire on Unrelated Grounds

July 6, 2016 As the House moved to take up legislation that would prevent employees from accessing personal email and pornography on government computers, the White House threatened to veto the measure because of objections to civil service provisions included in the legislative package. House Republicans have positioned the package as a piece...

DHS: Security Holes in All Symantec Programs a ‘Very Serious Event’

July 5, 2016 On Tuesday, the Homeland Security Department warned of severe security holes in all Symantec and Norton antivirus programs, including those widely used throughout the government. Late last year, Congress granted DHS new powers to scan agency networks for intruders using a federal firewall called EINSTEIN. DHS spokesman Scott McConnell said...

Justice Wants Drones to Try Reconstructing Car Crashes

July 5, 2016 The Justice Department plans to run drone tests to measure how well unmanned aircraft systems can help reconstruct automobile crashes. Trials are expected to take place in various jurisdictions across the country. The National Criminal Justice Research, Test and Evaluation Center on Thursday is scheduled to begin seeking interest from...

Hackers Leak Muslim Dating Site Messages, Command Zombie Security Cameras to Crash Sites Worldwide and Hit up Vegas Hard Rock

July 1, 2016 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Private Messages from ‘Muslim Match’ Dating Site Leaked A hacker grabbed a horde of credentials and profiles from the specialty dating site and posted the data online, along with more than half a...

The Intelligence Community Will Monitor Wearables to Find the Perfect Spy

June 30, 2016 Secret agents typically use tracking devices to monitor foreign adversaries, but now, U.S. spies will assess their own capabilities by outfitting (willing) intelligence personnel with body sensors. Yes, spies have plans to spy on themselves with wearables. "Selecting and evaluating a workforce that is well-suited for the psychological and cognitive...

Check Out The US Military's Sandbox of Silly-Putty That Predicts Disasters and War

June 29, 2016 The Defense Department is playing around with a shape-shifting, color-changing sandbox to limit the carnage from the next deadly flood, wildfire or other catastrophe. That is the promise behind the "Tangible Landscape." Made up of kinetic sand, a toy that feels like the stuff on the beach but has the...