Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol Security Review

In the wake of the January 6, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré to lead a six week review to evaluate Capitol security. The assessment, Task Force 1-6 Capitol Security Review, specifically “review[s] and provide[s] recommendations in the...

A Texas license plate partially covered in snow

Hobby School of Public Affairs Surveys Texans on Opinions of Winter Storm and Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions

In an attempt to understand the impact that Winter Storm Uri had on Texas, the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs conducted a survey of adults living in the 213 counties served by the Texas Electrical Grid. The survey gathered information on Texans’ experiences during the storm, as...

A student holding a pistol stands outside of a high school building.

U.S. Secret Service Hopes to Prevent Targeted School Violence by Analyzing Averted Plots

The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) has been expanding their research of targeted violence prevention in communities across the country. In their efforts to demonstrate a path toward preventing school violence in particular, they analyzed 67 disrupted plots against K-12 schools from 2006-2018. This report, titled Averting...

Health employee holding a medical face mask with WHO (World Health Organization) logo.

WHO: A Study of SARS-CoV-2 Origins in China

In WHO-convened Global Study of Origins of SARS-CoV-2: China Part released by the World Health Organization (WHO), SARS-CoV-2 surveillance data and virus cases reported in China are analyzed as far back as late 2019. Specifically, surveillance of morbidity due to pneumonia in and around Wuhan. Molecular sequence data suggests the...

A cyber security manager identifying an inside attack in a corporate network.

Mitigating Insider Threats Within U.S. Critical Infrastructure

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released Insider Threat Mitigation for U.S. Critical Infrastructure Entities: Guidelines from an Intelligence Perspective. This document highlights the importance of mitigating insider threats within U.S. critical infrastructure entities to meet the expanding nature of threats...

Dissemination of fact-based COVID-19 information, misinformation and disinformation.

National Strategy Needed to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation and Disinformation

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has released National Priorities to Combat Misinformation and Disinformation for COVID-19 and Future Public Health Threats: A Call for a National Strategy. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a dangerous influence of health-related misinformation and disinformation. The abundance of access-enabling technology such as social...

Image of Paper cut-outs of a family of three surrounded by Coronavirus and economic related news headlines with the word Stress in red

World Happiness Report 2021

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network has released the World Happiness Report 2021.  While it is their ninth World Happiness Report, this piece is unlike any other due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world.  Using the Gallup World Poll as the foundation, this report examines...

This image shows the United States flag within the scope of a sniper's gun, signifying hate and extremism in the U.S.

Assessing the Threat of Domestic Violent Extremism

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Justice released an unclassified joint threat assessment on the elevated threat of domestic violent extremists (DVE) this year. The report, Domestic Violent Extremism Poses Heightened Threat in 2021, states that a number of contributing factors...

This image portrays a hacker at the computer, relating to cyber espionage and digital security

FBI Releases 2020 Internet Crime Report

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released their 2020 Internet Crime Report, which details a record number of 791,790 internet crime complaints that the department received in 2020.  The report explains that the “IC3 aggregates related complaints to build referrals, which are forwarded to local, state, federal, and...