Author: Daniel Seduski

Take Some Time this Weekend to Remember the Fallen

On most American calendars Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. Common celebrations include taking advantage of the long weekend to visit with friends/family and participating in barbeques (weather permitting). If not already on your agenda, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security would like to remind all Americans to...

How Urbanization is Affecting Natural Disaster Risk Assessment

The United Nations Population Fund predicts that by the year 2050 86% of the population in developed nations (64% in developing nations) will live in urban areas. This ongoing migration from rural areas to more densely inhabited cities catalyzes urban sprawl, which subsequently makes a greater portion of the population...

President Obama’s Interest in Big Data Analyses

The President has expressed interest in how analyses of big data (also known as big data analyses or BDA) can improve emergency preparedness and overall national security. As a result, the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) drafted a Report to the President on Big Data Analytics. The report first...

How Social Media Crackdowns are Decreasing Access to pro-ISIS Material

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS, ISIS, or ISIL) has been unquestionably the most adept terrorist group at utilizing mainstream social media. By promoting its “cyber caliphate” on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, the group has been able to recruit both active and passive support and disseminate...

ATF and ICE Collaboration to Reduce Mexican Firearms Trafficking

The United States (U.S.) has a strong interest in assisting its neighbors in matters of national security. By offering resources to improve/preserve the safety of citizens in bordering countries, the U.S. ideally hopes to improve their overall quality of life; thus reducing their impetus to contemplate illegal immigration into the...

DHS Cyber Incident Data and Analysis Working Group

Cybersecurity continues to emerge as a crucial endeavor for both the public and private sectors alike. In an attempt to address cyber threats, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) organized four separate Cybersecurity Insurance Working Sessions between 2012-2014, where cybersecurity professionals “examined the existing cybersecurity insurance marketplace, described obstacles to...

Analyzing ISIS Activity in the U.S.

In light of last month’s attacks in Paris and recent political discourse on Syrian refugee policies, substantial attention has been given to ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and its influence throughout the west. Despite the geographic displacement compared to European nations, the U.S. is still a major target...