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In Fight Against ISIS and AQ, What Does Success Look Like?

May 04, 2016

Something really novel happened in Washington yesterday. A number of really smart people were brought together in one room to hear, discuss and ask questions about some of the tough issues that will be shaping the future security of the United States.

George Washington University National Security and Cybersecurity Conference

May 03, 2016

Part one of full-day conference coverage.
Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas talked about efforts to increase cyber-security threat information sharing between the government and private sectors. Then, a panel of public and private sector representatives discussed what they were doing to encourage cooperation in combating cyber threats.

TSA Forecasts Extreme Delays At Least Through the End of 2016

May 02, 2016

On a recent trip from Miami to New York, I found myself pulling into the airport a full 50 minutes before my flight’s departure time. Given the firestorm of press surrounding eternal-seeming TSA wait times, I worried about cutting it close for about 10 minutes—that’s how long it took me to clear security and make it to my gate. I had time to spare before the “priority boarding” group was called to queue up.

In budget fight, appropriators eye long TSA wait times

May 02, 2016

The bad news: Security lines at airports around the country are expected to get a longer than ever this summer. The good news (at least for the travel industry): Those increasingly disruptive wait times may prod Congress to up appropriations for the Transportation Security Administration. Our own Jennifer Scholtes has a forecast this morning about how wait times and funding levels are going to play out. As she explains, “Plumping spending accounts at the security agency has never been a popular notion. But neither is the prospect of angry constituents tying up congressional phone lines with stories of snaking screening lanes and missed flights. And all signs say this year’s security queues will far surpass those of years past.”

Five Years After Bin Laden's Death, What's Changed?

May 02, 2016

Shortly before midnight on May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama stood at a lectern in the East Room of the White House and delivered a startling announcement: American forces had located — and killed — the most wanted terrorist on the planet, Osama bin Laden.

A Cyber JSOC Could Help the US Strike Harder and Faster

April 25, 2016

A network-attack analogue to the manhunting Joint Special Operations Command would allow cyber warriors to decide, deconflict, and execute more effectively.

U.S. Infrastructure Can Be Hacked With Google, Simple Passwords

April 03, 2016

Authorities say the Iranian computer hack of a New York dam is the symptom of a huge weakness in the U.S. infrastructure -- dams, stadiums, traffic controls and power grids that can be accessed by anyone, including hostile nations or terrorists -- with simple passwords or no passwords at all.

The Morning Download: Microsoft Builds Bridge to Ubuntu, and Beyond

March 31, 2016

Good morning. The expansion of Microsoft Corp. horizons under CEO Satya Nadella continued on Wednesday, as the company announced plans to bring Linux command-line tool bash to Windows 10. It’s part of a broader strategy to open its technology to outside developers, CIO Journal’s Angus Loten reports.

MasterCard Moves to Patent Analytics Work That Predicts Political Events

March 30, 2016

MasterCard International has developed a data analytics system for predicting political events, such as a coup or martial law, based on credit card data. While many companies use algorithms to understand customers, there is growing interest in using analytics to get ahead of serious social and political developments that affect corporate as well as national interests.

Why Europe has a bigger terror problem than the U.S.

March 28, 2016

Tuesday's bombings in Brussels left at least 31 people dead and 300 wounded. They are the latest additions to an increasingly long list of casualties from attacks across the breadth of Europe. Paris, Ankara and Istanbul have all been similarly targeted in the past five months.

Brussels Subway Death Toll Highlights Airport Security Focus

March 25, 2016

The Brussels terrorist attacks show how subway passengers can be even more vulnerable than airline travelers. But that’s not where public attention -- or federal security spending -- has gone in the U.S.

Small banks face the greatest risk from hackers

March 24, 2016

Cyberattacks on the country’s largest banks, from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to Bank of America Corp., grab the headlines. But the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and other regulators worry that smaller banks, with less robust cybersecurity, provide easier targets for criminals, terrorists, and foreign states seeking to infiltrate the US financial system.

Chinese national pleads guilty to hacking U.S. contractors

March 23, 2016

A Chinese citizen pleaded guilty March 23 to a "years-long conspiracy to hack into the computer networks of major U.S. defense contractors," the Justice Department announced. The episode is a reminder of the Pentagon's ongoing struggle to keep defense secrets out of the hands of foreign hackers.

What Can Estonia Teach Us about Cybersecurity?

March 23, 2016

Estonian prime minister says in speech at GW that trust and privacy are keys to the future of digital societies.

More security coordination needed in Brussels

March 23, 2016

The terrorist attacks in Brussels are raising questions about how the seat of the European Union's government is protected.

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