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  • The Future of Drones

    A 60 Minutes segment that aired last Sunday, “Drones over America,” offered a friendly reminder that not all drones are bad and that drones are indeed coming. “We’re looking at the future. And whether we like it or not, the future is looking back at us,” as CBS correspondent Morley … More

    A Cyber Cold War: Russia and Ukraine Trade Cyber Attacks

    Ukraine’s telecommunications system has been cyber attacked, according to the head of the country’s security service. Internet and telephone services between the Crimea region and the rest of Ukraine were cut after Russian forces seized control of Crimea, but now the mobile phones of members of the Ukrainian parliament are … More

    Biometric Entry-Exit Technology—Still Not the Answer

    According to recent reports, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is exploring ways to implement biometric technology such as facial and iris recognition at land border points of entry and exit. Despite the novelty of biometrics, it is important to remember that they are not a universal solution for an … More

    Terrorist Attack Shows Vulnerability in Critical Infrastructure

    Just after midnight on April 16, 2013, someone slipped into underground tunnels and cut the phone lines running to the PG&E Metcalf power substation near San Jose, California. Then two snipers proceeded to fire over 100 rounds into the substation in 19 minutes, knocking out 17 transformers. The electric company … More

    Terrorists Accidentally Blow Themselves Up

    It’s a story that seems more like satire then reality: An instructor at a training camp for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) accidentally detonated a bomb that killed him and 21 other militants. The blast from the training camp, located less than 60 miles north of Bagdad, … More

    Misguided Cybersecurity Oversight

    Despite multiple recently released reports detailing cybersecurity vulnerabilities within federal agencies, Congress is still trying to give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) greater regulatory power over data breaches. In response, the banking industry is fighting back. In a letter to the Senate Banking Committee, representatives from the financial service industry … More

    Rough Week for Cybersecurity

    Cyber attacks can come from anywhere: a global power like China, weak and non-state actors, states like Iran or Syria, or even individual cyber criminals. And the government agencies responsible for defending the nation’s cyberspace cannot even prevent breaches and attacks into their own systems. The Department of Defense (DOD) … More

    Small Steps Forward for REAL ID

    In 2004, the 9/11 Commission concluded that “for terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons.” The REAL ID Act, based on the commission’s recommendations, was passed in 2005; now—after nearly a decade—it may finally begin to be enforced. The commission found that 18 of the hijackers had a total … More