About

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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Commentary Series

How California’s Drought Exacerbates the Terrorism Threat

May 12, 2015

Terrorist organizations including ISIS, Hezbollah, and al‐Qa’ida have openly promulgated a strategy of ecological jihad. In contrast to other methods employed by terrorists, environmental tactics, such as contaminating water supplies or starting fires, can be quickly planned, require little technical expertise to execute, and have lower risk of detection. Water shortages due to drought increase vulnerability to these terror methods with significant consequences for people, infrastructure, and the economy.

Testimonies

A Global Perspective on Cyber Threats

June 16, 2015

Read full testimony here.

“Wanted: Foreign Fighters – The Escalating Threat of ISIL in Central Asia”

June 10, 2015

Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission)

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Op-Eds & Commentaries

Canada’s Cyber-Attack Reveals Need for Greater Government Resilience

June 25, 2015

Last Wednesday, the government of Canada was the target of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that took down multiple federal websites, including those of the Departments of Justice, and Foreign Affairs. The hacker group Anonymous is claiming responsibility for the attack, stating in a tweet that it was executed to protest Bill C-51, the government’s then proposed anti-terrorism legislation.

Massive government employee data theft further complicates US-China relations

June 08, 2015

In the ever-escalating compendium of cyber incidents and intrusions, an enormous US government breach – perhaps the largest ever – came to light last week with news of a federal hack affecting “nearly every government agency.”

Cyber Deterrence Is a Strategic Imperative

April 28, 2015

From botnet takedowns to joint activities with law enforcement, there is a role to be played in cyber deterrence by nearly every public and private entity in the U.S., Guest Contributors Frank J.

Delays in confirming DHS management nominee put our security at risk

April 10, 2015

This past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a segment examining the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that was generally positive about Secretary Jeh Johnson’s leadership of DHS, but also described the department as a “management nightmare.”