Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

CRS Resources on the SCOTUS Appointment Process

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is one of the HSDL’s favorite resources for high-quality research on government topics. In light of the recent passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, we’ve gathered together several CRS reports on the Supreme Court nomination and approval process. Questioning Supreme Court Nominees about Their Views on...

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...

Cybersecurity National Action Plan

Cybersecurity is quickly becoming the most pertinent issue in the field of Homeland Security. The digital age continues to expand into every aspect of our daily lives.  Businesses, social connections, and the economy flourish due to the increasing inter-connectivity; however, this connectivity presents a multitude of threats that continue to...

Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

On February 9, 2016, the Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, Jr., issued a comprehensive report to the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding the United States’ interest in the protection of American lives against Global and Regional threats. The threats that were outlined in this report were: ‘Cyber and...

“Highest Islamist Terror Threat Environment Since 9/11”

The House Committee on Homeland Security released their monthly report, Terror Threat Snapshot, for the month of February. According to the report, “The United States faces the highest Islamist terror threat environment since 9/11. ISIS is waging war here in the homeland, where there have been 21 ISIS-linked plots to launch...

Domestic Terrorism: Extremism

A brief, targeted collection of foundational documents, recently-released documents of particular interest, or items of potential importance related to domestic terrorism and extremism. These items are hand-selected and vetted by the HSDL content team. Resources are grouped by Government Reports, Hearings, Reports & Studies, Theses, Websites, Documents, and more.

Collaboration Efforts in the U.S. Intelligence Community

Collaboration is the heart of Homeland Security. At the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL), resources from numerous government agencies, private sector entities, think tanks, nonprofits, and universities are collected, organized, and presented to strengthen the national security of the United States.  The task would be impossible without the support, hard...

Going Dark? I Hear They Have Cookies…

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University have released a report, “Don’t Panic. Making Progress on the ‘Going Dark’ Debate.” The report focuses on the problems the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement communities face in relation to obtaining communications, when they have warrants that follow the Fourth Amendment’s requirements....

DHS’ Cybersecurity Protection System Falls Short in New GAO Report

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report detailing the significant shortcomings and challenges still facing the DHS National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS). The public version of the report, titled “Information Security: DHS Needs to Enhance Capabilities, Improve Planning, and Support Greater Adoption of Its National Cybersecurity Protection...

Zika Virus in the United States – UPDATE

Last week, the Zika virus blog provided a foundation of important information about the emerging threat to public health in the United States. In the days that followed, additional Zika virus information not included in the HSDL blog has been made available by various resources. The following is a brief...