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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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Where’s the Report on the Security of Unclassified IT Systems?

June 13, 2016 The White House and the intelligence community faced a deadline last week to inventory unclassified IT systems from which attackers could glean classified material. Last December's $1.8 trillion federal spending bill ordered the Obama administration to provide its findings to Congress within 180 days. On Monday, the Office of the...

Hackers Breach FTC CTO's Phone Account, Announce Goodell’s Death Prematurely; WA Accidentally Doxxes Weed License Applicants

June 13, 2016 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Personal Info on Marijuana License Applicants Doxxed by Wash. State The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board accidentally distributed sensitive data on applicants in response to a public records request. LCB had redacted...

$19 Billion National Cyber Plan Might Consolidate Hack Response Contracts

June 10, 2016 The Obama administration, as part of a $19 billion national cybersecurity plan, is contemplating a one-stop shop for agencies to quickly buy cyberincident response services. A new request for information asks security vendors for advice on consolidating preventive, reactive and fix-it help within the government’s biggest pre-approved IT contractor list....

Carter Proposes Letting Campus Recruiters Hire Cyber Students on the Spot

June 9, 2016 Pentagon Secretary Ash Carter unveiled a slate of personnel reforms that include letting recruiters on college campuses hire information security whizzes straight away, and letting civilians swap places with techies at leading companies for short stints. Driving these changes, in part, is a concern that the Defense Department will lose...

US Homeland Security Could Get Its Own Cyber Defense Agency

June 8, 2016 A key House panel on Wednesday voted to create a new Homeland Security Department agency that reflects the primacy of cyber protection among DHS’ protective responsibilities. A bill introduced yesterday by the Homeland Security Committee – approved by a voice vote – would turn an existing DHS bureaucracy, the National...

House Committee Votes to Create New Cybersecurity Division within DHS

June 8, 2016 A key House panel on Wednesday voted to create a new Homeland Security Department agency that reflects the primacy of cyber protection among DHS’ protective responsibilities. A bill introduced yesterday by the Homeland Security Committee – approved by a voice vote – would turn an existing DHS bureaucracy, the National...

TSA Curb-to-Gate Security Monitoring Is Coming, Agency Administrator Says

June 7, 2016 U.S. airports today offer free-standing charging stations, motorized toilet seat covers, food delivery via iPad and other high-tech conveniences. But the Transportation Security Administration is still stuck figuring out how to queue bags and people. TSA Administrator Peter V. Neffenger told lawmakers on Tuesday he has a plan to streamline...

US Spies Are Building Software to Spot Your Suspicious Behavior In Live Video

June 6, 2016 The intelligence community is working on amping up people-recognition power to spot, in live videos, shooters and potential terrorists before they have a chance to attack. Part of the problem with current video surveillance techniques is the difficulty of recognizing objects and people, simultaneously, in real-time. But Deep Intermodal Video...

US Spies Train Computers to Spot Suspicious Activity in Live Videos

June 6, 2016 Story has been updated with comments from an ODNI official. The intelligence community is working on amping up people-recognition power to spot, in live videos, shooters and potential terrorists before they have a chance to attack. Part of the problem with current video surveillance techniques is the difficulty of recognizing...

Hackers Label Trump a ‘Shape-Shifting Lizard’ on Billboard, Overthrow North Korean Facebook Knockoff, and Steal NFL Players' Medical Evaluations

June 6, 2016 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Texas Trump Opponents Have Fun with Insecure Road Sign The same digital billboard in Dallas was changed twice in less than 48 hours by a person not employed by the Texas Department of...