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George Washington University & IBM Start Cyber, Homeland Security Task Forces

May 31, 2016

George Washington University and IBM have established four task forces to support GWU’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security unit’s efforts to deliver research and analysis on cyber, homeland security and counterterrorism policies.

McCaul on FOX News Sunday

May 22, 2016

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, on "FOX News Sunday" discussing the EgyptAir plane investigation and security at U.S. airports.

House Homeland Security Chair Warns of Expanding Islamist Terrorism Threat

May 20, 2016

Just back from a trip to the Middle East to assess the Islamist terrorist threat, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul shared this frank observation with an audience at George Washington University:

“A worldwide terrorist exodus is underway, and we are woefully unprepared to deal with it.”

The Texas Republican, chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, expressed grave concerns about the ability of the United States and its allies to prevent future attacks.

Is U.S. Ready for Cyber War?

May 19, 2016

The United States is ready on paper to engage in cyber warfare if needed, but lacks “the speed and agility” to successfully defend itself against its enemies in the Information Age, according to one of the country’s top military experts in the field.

Airports are fed up with the TSA. Here's why it will be hard to break up with them

May 19, 2016

Airports are sending the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) a clear message: start doing your job well or you are out. Unfortunately for the Port Authority of NY and NJ and others making similar demands, the TSA is like the pesky tenant who continually games the system in order to avoid eviction.

Expert: More work needed to get private sector cyber secure

May 19, 2016

Many U.S. mid-cap companies are struggling to defend themselves against cyber attacks, begging the question of what is the appropriate role the federal government should play in getting the private sector cyber ready, according to Michael Balboni, president of RedLand Strategies, Inc., a business development and government relations firm.

Former Intelligence Senior: “Internet of Things” Increases Threat to Infrastructure

May 15, 2016

A simple Web search can reveal information from thousands of unsecured devices. Even the casual browser can access camera data from Sweden, video game server activity in Eastern Europe, or the output of American wind turbines, according to to former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, who spoke at the annual strategic conference at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University.

National Intelligence Director Warns IoT Could Hurt More Than Help

May 10, 2016

Former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair cautioned against the proliferation of Internet of Things devices on May 4, noting that it allows easy access to cameras or microphones. Speaking at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security’s annual strategic conference, Blair noted that connected devices open up more “attack paths” in both private homes and regional services.

Multiple factors have contributed to long airport security lines

May 08, 2016

A perfect storm of events has created some of the longest airport security wait times in recent memory. From Seattle to Minneapolis to Atlanta, passengers are complaining of three-hour security lines, and airlines are asserting that thousands of people are missing their flights because of those lines.

“Internet of Things” increases threat to infrastructure

May 06, 2016

According to former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, a simple Web search can reveal information from thousands of unsecured devices. Even the casual browser can access camera data from Sweden, video game server activity in Eastern Europe, or the output of American wind turbines. He said this information is as easily accessible to terrorists and other criminals. And more will become available as the “Internet of things” — the collection of physical systems and devices connected to the Internet — grows in size.

‘Internet of Things’ Could Pose Infrastructure Threats

May 04, 2016

Former director of national intelligence warns against complacency at Center for Cyber and Homeland Security conference

Cyber's new frontier: Small and medium-sized businesses and agencies

May 04, 2016

Small and medium sized businesses may be at greater risk of cyber attack.

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.

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