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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.”

We Don't Need a Crisis to Act Unitedly Against Cyber Threats

June 01, 2015

Cybercrime has led to one of the greatest thefts of money, information, intellectual property and state secrets in modern history.

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.”

The Bear is Inside the Wire

April 09, 2015

Russian hackers, fresh from breaching the State Department's unclassified networks in recent months, have managed to sneak into “sensitive but unclassified” White House networks, CNN reported on April 7. The perpetrators gained access to real-time non-public details of the President’s schedule, precisely the type of information foreign intelligence services prioritize for collection.

Fortifying the Internet of Things means baking in security at the beginning

March 06, 2015

Protecting smart devices means building cybersecurity into the design process, from hardware to software. Making security a priority at the start, instead of coming up with patches later, is the key to ensuring the growing number of connected gadgets remain safe.

Obama’s cybersecurity initiative: a start but businesses – and individuals – need to do more

February 24, 2015

The linchpin of President Obama’s recently launched cybersecurity initiative is to encourage the private sector to share information to better defend against cyberattacks. Yet US companies have historically been wary of openly talking about their cybersecurity efforts with competitors and with government — for good reason.

Learn from France's Counter-Extremism Push

February 02, 2015

France is trying to fight fire with fire. On the heels of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, French officials are dedicating resources and marshaling instruments intended to pack a powerful counterterrorism punch. Among these is a website designed to blunt the appeal of violent Islamist ideology and thwart the Islamic State recruitment efforts that accompany it.

How Dangerous Is Vladimir Putin?

January 01, 2015

Western experts have offered various explanations for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in recent years. Some suggest Putin has been merely reacting to NATO and EU enlargement.

The Homegrown Jihadist Threat Grows

October 23, 2014

Wall Street Journal op-ed on countering online radicalization in the United States written by Sen. Joseph Lieberman and Christian Beckner.

Seven Cybersecurity Questions Bank Boards Need to Ask

October 10, 2014

Recent cyberattacks against several big businesses show that a wide variety of industries are engaged in a nearly nonstop battle against hackers who seek to steal intel

US needs to be prepared for Russian cyber-retaliation

September 23, 2014

The latest chapter in the conflict over Ukraine involves the imposition of sanctions by the United States and the European Union against Sberbank, and against Rosneft, the heavyweight among Russia'

“Takedown: From Capo to `Chapo’ – Show Me The Money”

May 07, 2014

Just days ago, the head of the fearsome and staggeringly profitable Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was captured by Mexican and US authorities acting in concert.

Congress Should Consider Its Own Failures in Attempted Bombing

December 30, 2013

As Congress critiques the Obama administration’s response to the Christmas bomber attack, it should pause and address its own culpability. To understand why, first consider the role of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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