Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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November Terror Threat Snapshot

The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security released its monthly Terror Threat Snapshot, detailing terrorist activities around the world. The November assessment highlights terrorist activity since 2013 during which time thirty states have identified jihadist movements; there have been 248 ISIS-linked incidents in 18 European countries; and, the predominant weapons used...

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Democracy Facing the Challenge of Disinformation

A new report from Freedom House—Freedom on the Net 2018: The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism—raises concerns that excessive fake news is resulting in a general trend toward decreased internet freedom. Disinformation and propaganda has the potential to incite violence and undermine democracy, but it is frequently used purposefully to compel...

Assessing the Risk of Solar Inverters to the U.S. Electrical Grid

Last month, Ridge Global LLC released a report titled “Potential Electric Grid Vulnerability from Cyber Enabled Foreign Actors: A Risk Assessment Study of Solar Inverter Technology,” detailing critical vulnerabilities in the U.S. electric grid. In particular, the report centers on the concerns of photovoltaic inverters, whose use could significantly increase in the...

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Humanitarian Aid Struggling to Meet Needs of Global Humanitarian Crises

The 2018 World Disasters Report released by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) paints a bleak picture of the state of global humanitarian aid. This report describes a humanitarian sector ill-equipped to meet the needs of all people living in crisis globally. In 2017,  humanitarian...

Reducing Risks in Law Enforcement: How to Increase Efficiency and Improve Community Relations?

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Strategic Applications International (SAI) have released a report detailing the efforts put forward by the law enforcement community to minimize risks and vulnerabilities to civil lawsuits. The report provides highlights gathered during the December 7, 2016 forum focusing on “all aspects...

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Financially Motivated Cyber Threats: A New Suspect is Identified

FireEye, Inc., an independent intelligence-led security company, has published an investigative report highlighting recent activities of the North Korean state-sponsored cyber operations. Based on the intensive review of various offensive actors in the cyber domain, the report identifies a distinct, financially-motivated group, APT38. While APT38 appears to share certain developmental...

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Report Card: DHS Publishes National Fusion Center Assessment

From the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the 2017 National Network of Fusion Centers: Final Report is the culmination of self-reported data from the 2017 assessment from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (F/SLTT) entities, as well as homeland security and public safety organizations. Overall, fusion centers continue to make...