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US aims to draw line with Russia over hacking

December 30, 2016

With reprisals against Russia over what it says was meddling in the US presidential election, the Obama administration aims to draw a virtual line in the sand without sparking a war -- cyber or otherwise. The measures announced Thursday by President Barack Obama, who accused Moscow of "efforts to harm US interests," include the expulsion of 35 intelligence agents and financial sanctions on Russia's top intelligence agencies. Obama also warned of additional, unspecified actions "at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized." Analysts say Washington is seeking to punish Russia and warn other nations against taking similar action.

Beat back the hack: Cyber-deterrence is a difficult task with huge potential

December 27, 2016

Cyberattackers pose many threats to a wide range of targets. Russia, for example, was accused of hacking Democratic Party computers throughout the year, interfering with the U.S. presidential election. Then there was the unknown attacker who, on a single October day, used thousands of internet-connected devices, such as digital video recorders and cameras compromised by Mirai malware, to take down several high-profile websites, including Twitter. From 2005 to 2015, federal agencies reported a 1,300 percent jump in cybersecurity incidents. Clearly, we need better ways of addressing this broad category of threats. Some of us in the cybersecurity field are asking whether cyber deterrence might help.

Director Frank Cilluffo speaks on efforts to address terrorism

December 01, 2016

Recent terrorist attacks both in the United States and abroad have underscored the need for tools and strategies that can anticipate and mitigate the dangers of terrorism—whether attacks occur on city streets, in workplaces, at social gatherings, or online in the form of cyberattacks on corporate or government computer networks. As governments and businesses work to provide security protection from terrorists for the benefit of their citizens, employees, representatives and customers, many have turned to technology for assistance.

New report: Into the Gray Zone: The Private Sector and Active Defense against Cyber Threats

October 31, 2016

New Report: Into the Gray Zone: The Private Sector and Active Defense against Cyber Threats

U.S. Chief Information Officer Seeks To Upgrade Government's Computers

October 31, 2016

The man who oversees the federal government's computer infrastructure is seeking more than $3 billion to upgrade and make the system more secure.

MI6 Chief Alex Younger says Islamist Terror Threat to Remain for Years

September 22, 2016

Alex Younger, the head of UK's intelligence agency, MI6, has warned that taking back territory occupied by Islamic State (Isis) militants will not resolve the issue of global terror threats. Speaking at a national security conference in the US, Younger warned that terror groups like IS (Daesh) will pose a "persistent threat" that is likely to last a "professional lifetime".

UK slams Iraq War runup; NATO summit faces tall tasks; What next for Syria?; What’s with Russia buzzing US planes?; and a bit more…

July 07, 2016

British report slams Iraq War runup: What did UK Prime Minister Tony Blair do wrong as U.S. President George W. Bush and his senior national-security team barreled toward invading Iraq in 2003? He failed to insist upon having, you know, a plan for what came next. “Blair did not press President Bush for definitive assurances about US post-conflict plans or set out clearly to him the strategic risk in underestimating the post-conflict challenge and failing adequately to prepare for the task,” reports the Guardian, writing about the so-called Chilcot report, the UK government’s official inquiry into the war.

Buyers Beware: The Latest Wave of Retail Cyber Scams

July 07, 2016

When it comes to cybersecurity, consumers want to trust that retailers are protecting them in some way, shape or form. But with high-profile breaches at Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus, among others, it behooves buyers themselves to know what to watch for, what scams can happen and what retailers can do.

Horrific ISIS Attacks During Ramadan Disguise a Retreating and Fracturing Terror Group

July 06, 2016

An airport in Istanbul. A nightclub in Malaysia. A Shiite mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia. Christian towns in Lebanon. The deadliest bombing in Iraq since 2003.

Attacks claimed by, linked to or with the hallmarks of the so-called Islamic State during the final week of Ramadan set a new standard for terrorism. Each day, ISIS members or affiliated supporters struck targets of nearly every ethnicity and religion. No group — Shia, Sunni, Christian, Western, Arab — was spared from their deadly campaign. They even closed the week by striking at the heart of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad’s burial site in Medina.

NATO After Brexit

July 04, 2016

Commentators have rushed to weigh in on the political and economic implications of the Brexit referendum. But the potential security effects are just as important. At risk are operational matters such as data and intelligence sharing. But also in question is something more fundamental: the relationships that allow security services to live and breathe. The United Kingdom, EU, and other partners will now have to redefine their security and intelligence relationships.

Democratic and Republican Conventions Lure and Repel Visitors to Host Cities

July 04, 2016

With tens of thousands of out-of-towners expected to descend on Philadelphia and Cleveland this month for the political conventions, most other travelers may want to stay away. But whether for business meetings, personal visits or other reasons, many others will not be able to avoid traveling to those cities.

‘I am fed up with this evil’: How an American went from Ivy League student to disillusioned ISIS fighter

June 30, 2016

In late October 2014, the FBI received an unusual email from a young man named Mohimanul Alam Bhuiya.

Bhuiya, then 25, had joined the Islamic State. Now the longtime Brooklyn resident was desperate and looking for a way out. He wanted the FBI to rescue him.

“I am an American who’s trying to get back home from Syria,” he wrote in his email, according to federal court documents unsealed last month. “I just want to get back home. All I want is this extraction, complete exoneration thereafter, and have everything back to normal with me and my family.”

Poll finds voters 'very unsatisfied' with U.S. efforts to combat terror

June 29, 2016

With the attack in Istanbul bringing terrorism front-of-mind, recent polling is demonstrating an inclination to take greater action to combat terrorism.

Expert on the effect of 'cascading terrorism'

June 29, 2016

Clint Watts of the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security joins Morning Joe to discuss the attack on the Istanbul Atatürk Airport.

Cyber Defense Goes on the Offensive

June 28, 2016

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