Tagged: cyber

Cyber Warfare and Counterspace: Growing National Threats Against the United States

On January 29, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held an open hearing on Current and Projected National Security threats against the United States. These open hearings occur yearly, and quite a few areas of threat are on the rise, including cyber, counterintelligence, counterspace, and Transnational Organized Crime. They...

Signals Intelligence Activities: President Obama Releases New Policy Directive

Today, President Obama released a Presidential Policy Directive, “Signals Intelligence Activities,” which outlines the manner in which signals intelligence is authorized to be collected by the United States. He stated that gathering practices must be adherent to privacy and civil liberties, “in accordance with the Constitution and applicable statutes, Executive...

Declassified ODNI Report Explores the Link between National Security and the Virtual World

Following a 2009 request from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has declassified and released a report resulting from a July 2008 ODNI SHARP (Summer Hard Problem) program on “virtual worlds and their implications.” The formerly Confidential-level report, “3D Cyberspace Spillover:...

Digital Map Shows Real-Time Cyber Attacks

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is considered an attempt to make an online service unavailable by jamming or overwhelming it with traffic. These attacks may target a wide variety of frequently-used or critical resources, such as bank servers, news media outlets, or government websites. The new “Digital Attack...

Ten Years of Cyber Safety: October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

This year marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The program’s goal is to bring awareness about safety while exploring the vast and sometimes risky internet. Cyber safety is a constantly changing issue, and with the introduction of internet-friendly mobile phones, tablets, and even gaming systems, risks...

Findings from the 2013 State of Cybercrime Survey

PricewaterhouseCoopers Firm (PwC) has released the most recent findings of its eleventh survey on cybercrime trends. The survey consulted 500 executives, security experts, and others from both the private and public sectors to uncover their views on the state of cybercrime. The “state of cybercrime” for the purposes of this...

Cyberpower: Security Strategy Issues for State Actors in the Internet-dependent Age

The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom report “The Global Cyber Game: The Defence Academy Cyber Inquiry Report” “presents a synthesis of the findings of the Defence Academy Cyber Inquiry. The Inquiry was an open source research programme formed in response to a strategic research question posed by the Ministry...

Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China

Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China In a report mandated by the FY2000 National Defense Authorization Act, the Department of Defense’s discusses China’s military and security strategies, technological advancements in its capabilities, military doctrine, and security issues in the Taiwan Strait. “The...

U.S. Higher Education System Fails to Prepare Leaders for Era of Cyber Threat

In a new study released March 26, 2013, the Pell Center of Salve Regina University found that the majority of America’s “top” academic institutions are failing to provide students with the knowledge and tools necessary to combat cyber threats in the professional world. The report argues that “cyber defense requires...

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...