The Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) at the George Washington University is a nonpartisan “think and do” tank whose mission is to carry out policy-relevant research and analysis on homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity issues.  By convening domestic and international policymakers and practitioners at all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and academia, CCHS develops innovative strategies to address and confront current and future threats.

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Center Announces New Project on Active Defense Against Cyber Threats

The Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) at the George Washington University is pleased to announce that it has launched a new project looking at the issue of active defense by the private sector against cyber threats. The Center has established a high-level task force that is examining these issues and will release a major report later this year.  The project is being carried out by the Center thanks to the financial support provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Smith Richardson Foundation.
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Issue Brief Series

Evaluating Intelligence and Information Sharing Networks: Examples from a Study of the National Network of Fusion Centers

October 01, 2015

In the weeks and months following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Congress and the media asked why the intelligence and law enforcement communities had failed to intercept the Tsarnaev brothers, who were known to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) prior to the attack. The national conversation also focused on the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), the city’s fusion center. In general this coverage was fraught with common misconceptions, including that fusion centers are owned and operated by DHS. Even local Boston
news outlets questioned the return on investment in Boston and elsewhere. One report hastily labeled fusion centers a “flop.”

Risk-Based Security and the Aviation System: Operational Objectives and Policy Challenges

January 27, 2015

Risk-based security has been the primary strategic imperative for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the past three and a half years, as a focused effort to move beyond a one-size

Commentary Series

Homeland Defense: Policy Judgments and Lessons Learned

December 17, 2015

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ISIS in America: From Retweets to Raqqa

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Op-Eds & Commentaries

Opinion: $19 billion alone won't fix Washington's cybersecurity problem

February 10, 2016

Spending more on cybersecurity is a start but it's certainly no panacea. President Obama's new spending plans should come with policy proposals and organizational initiatives that stand in the way of protecting US networks from malicious hackers.

Estonia: A Hub of Cyber Innovation

January 07, 2016

Estonia packs a punch in the cyber domain. The country is a world leader in cyber-related innovation, and it has charted that course without compromising security. Estonia initially gained global attention as a cyber-target, seeking to overcome a series of organized attacks in 2007 widely attributed to Russian groups. Estonia emerged energetically from those attacks, going beyond devising a coherent and expansive cyber-strategy calibrated defensively, to being one of the most wired countries in the world.

The US Needs Someone to Run the Effort to Defeat ISIS Online

December 21, 2015

If the United States and our allies are to reclaim the cyber battlefield from the Islamic State, we need a playbook for pushback, just as we would prepare battle plans to prosecute a war kinetically. First, we must collect online information and intelligence necessary to understand and ultimately defeat the adversary. Second, we must shut down the most noxious sources that amplify the most violent voices. Third, we must push back on ISIS’s narrative, expose its myths and falsehoods, and provide a credible and constructive alternative.

Paris Insights

November 24, 2015

PARIS INSIGHTS contains the reflections of key decision-makers and subject matter experts on three dimensions of the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015: The implications of the Paris attacks, what they mean for the U.S. homeland in particular, and thoughts on the way forward.