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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent

Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems for Nextgov. She has covered technology for nine years at such publications as National Journal's TechnologyDaily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, she covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She has been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, WTOP and Federal News Radio. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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TSA Halts Testing on Technology to Screen Passengers' Online Data

March 7, 2014 The Transportation Security Administration has called off -- for now -- live tests of technology that would expand background checks on airplane passengers to include analyses of their online presences. The idea was to have contractors analyze consumer data -- potentially including dating profiles and shopping histories -- on fliers ...

Four Federal Cyber Escapades to Watch For This Spring

March 5, 2014 The Obama administration’s 2015 budget request hints at novel approaches to the cyber threat at civilian agencies and the Pentagon. Funding-related papers released on Tuesday to justify spending for congressional appropriators do not include the details. So, look for officials to color in the picture during House and Senate hearings ...

DHS Wants More Virtual Fence Funding

March 4, 2014 Spending on border control equipment and surveillance would rise by $11 million, under President Obama's 2015 budget request, with the administration set to break ground on up to 50 surveillance towers in Arizona. Customs and Border Protection on Feb. 26 signed contractor EFW, Inc. on to the project, which could ...

DARPA Chip Aims to Secure Electronics Throughout the Supply Chain

March 3, 2014 The Pentagon is experimenting with computer chips inside parts for defense systems and other electronics, such as iPhones, that would identify compromised or counterfeit components. The ID chips would self-destruct if outsiders replicate, or "reverse engineer," the chips to try to outsmart them. The four-year effort is expected to involve ...

DHS Awards XTec Contested $103 Million Biometric ID Contract

March 1, 2014 The Homeland Security Department has switched vendors for a deal inked last September to update an employee badge system with advanced biometric verification features, such as face and iris scans, officials announced late Friday. DHS originally awarded the $102.8 million contract to HP Enterprise Services on Sept. 27, 2013, but ...

Industry Needs To Do More To Protect the Power Grid From a Cyber Attack

February 28, 2014 Energy companies should create a new industry-led body to deflect cyber threats to the electric grid -- from large generators to local distribution utilities, according to a new report co-authored by Ret. Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA and National Security Agency director. Such an organization would include power companies across ...

Industry Needs to Step Up to Protect the Power Grid From Cyber Attack

February 28, 2014 Energy companies should create a new industry-led body to deflect cyber threats to the electric grid -- from large generators to local distribution utilities, according to a new report co-authored by Ret. Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA and National Security Agency director. Such an organization would include power companies across ...

Boeing Enters the Super-Secure Smartphone Market With a Focus on Hardware

February 27, 2014 Veteran defense contractor Boeing Co. plans to enter the budding market for cryptophones aimed at foiling spies and hackers by offering the kind of enhanced protection for which the aircraft manufacturer has long been known: tough hardware. The outer shell of the forthcoming “Black” smartphone, which looks like a consumer ...

U.S. Border Drones Need 'Further Refined' Privacy Policies, DHS Chief Says

February 26, 2014 The new Homeland Security Department chief told Congress that he wants to enhance privacy guidelines for the department's use of drones in residential areas -- but DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson stopped short of prohibiting the controversial practice of local police borrowing them. Other agencies, including sheriff’s offices and the National ...

How Technology Will Topple the World's Biggest Drug Cartel

February 25, 2014 An upgrade of the information technology systems running the nation's financial intelligence wing -- set to finish this year -- should bolster efforts to dismantle the Sinaloa cartel, now that authorities have captured the enterprise's leader, former top U.S. officials say. Mexican authorities over the weekend announced the arrest of ...