Author: HSDL Staff

APT1: Exposing One of China’s Cyber Espionage Units

Mandiant, a U.S. security firm, has published a report that links “China’s military to cyberattacks on more than 140 U.S. and other foreign corporations and entities.” The report, “APT1: Exposing One of China’s Cyber Espionage Units,” is the culmination of investigations over several years which provide evidence that an Advanced...

Exploring GAO’s High Risk List and Opportunities for Reform

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing yesterday titled, “Exploring GAO’s High Risk List and Opportunities for Reform.” “Every two years at the start of a new Congress, GAO [Government Accountability Office] calls attention to agencies and program areas that are high risk...

Sequestration: How We Got Here and the Looming Cuts

On March 1, 2013, unless Congress takes action, sequestration’s automatic, across-the-board cuts, which are evenly divided between defense and non-defense accounts, will begin to take place. There has been much debate and speculation regarding what sequestration means, and how it will affect the U.S. economy and our national security. But...

Scientist Examine the Impact of Climate Change on U.S. National Security

A new report from Harvard University’s Center for the Environment titled “Climate Extremes: Recent Trends with Implications for National Security” identifies security risks from extreme weather and climate change. The increasing number of extreme weather events such as, floods, drought, heat waves, and severe storms spurs scientist to draw a...

Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Yesterday, President Obama signed an Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. From the Executive Order: “Repeated cyber intrusions into critical infrastructure demonstrate the need for improved cybersecurity. The cyber threat to critical infrastructure continues to grow and represents one of the most serious national security challenges we must confront....

CHDS Director Ted Lewis’ Remarks on Cyber Insecurity

Last week, NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) director Dr. Ted Lewis posted a blog entry, “Cyber Insecurity: Black Swan or Headline?”, onto the Homeland Security Watch blog site. The post addresses the new concept of “cyber insecurity” and its relationship to the United States’ deep-rooted “military industrial...

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center: Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center offers links and information on Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages. “The tools on this page are designed to provide mobile device users access to Web-based content. They are developed to run on specific mobile platforms, such as iOS (iPhone...

Muslim-American Terrorism: Declining Further

According to a new report released by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, the number of homegrown terrorist incidents by Muslim-Americans has dropped for the third straight year. The report, Muslim-American Terrorism: Declining Further, “is the fourth annual report on Muslim-American terrorism suspects and perpetrators” published by the...

DHS and Super Bowl Security

As Super Bowl XLVI approaches, the question of security inevitably arises. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano was in New Orleans on Wednesday to finalize security preparations for the upcoming Super Bowl. DHS is providing security assistance to local officials. The Washington Post’s ‘Federal Eye’ posed a number...