Tagged: national security

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Combating Ransomware: Key Recommendations from the Ransomware Task Force

Ransomware, a cybercrime in which attackers remotely compromise computer systems until a ransom is given, is posing an increasing risk to national security. These attacks can potentially cripple critical government infrastructure, disrupt schools and businesses, shut down hospital systems and other institutions, withhold and/or expose private data, and are on...

Eighth ODNI Statistical Transparency Report Released

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released its eighth annual Statistical Transparency Report Regarding the Intelligence Community Use of National Security Surveillance Authorities. The report provides summary statistics and contextual information explaining how the Intelligence Community (IC) uses the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA).  As the document explains, “FISA is divided into...

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Domestic Terrorism Threat: Analyzing the Q Conspiracy

The Soufan Center has released Quantifying the Q Conspiracy: ‘A Data-Driven Approach to Understanding the Threat Posed by QAnon,’ a special report demonstrating QAnon’s potential to threaten national security and  encourage domestic violence. At the core of this organization is the belief that  “the ‘Deep State,’ led by a cabal...

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2021 Annual Threat Assessment Released

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has just released their Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community for 2021. This annual report focuses on the worldwide threats to U.S. national security for the upcoming year, and specifically “provides the IC’s [Intelligence Community] baseline assessments of the most...

Intelligence Council Releases ‘Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World’

The National Intelligence Council recently published the 7th edition of their Global Trends report: ‘Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World.’  This intelligence assessment is “designed to provide an analytic framework for policymakers early in each administration as they craft national security strategy and navigate an uncertain future. The goal...

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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...

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National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Releases Final Report

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) recently released their Final Report which finds the U.S. government is not adequately prepared “to defend the United States in the coming AI era” and needs to “invest substantially more resources in AI innovation to protect its security, promote its prosperity, and...

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National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan Released

Recently released by the White House, the National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan to the National Strategy for Maritime Security (Maritime Cybersecurity Plan) provides a roadmap for safeguarding the American economy by strengthening cybersecurity in the Maritime Transportation System. As an extension of the National Strategy for Maritime Security (NSMS), the Maritime...

National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies Released

The Trump Administration has released the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies (C&ET). The strategy, building off of the National Security Strategy (NSS) outlines a whole-of-government effort to ensure continued American leadership across a wide range of technology areas including: artificial intelligence, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) mitigation technologies, autonomous...