PREPRATION, NOT PANIC, IS BEST WAY TO MEET THREAT OF POTENTIAL EMP ATTACK

 
It's an unsettling scenario: An attack on the U.S. homeland in the form of an electromagnetic pulse - a massive blast from a high altitude (most likely nuclear) weapon intended to cripple our electrical control system infrastructures and the electronic devices we depend on. In this digital age, where electronic technology is prevalent in nearly all aspects of our daily lives, it's a threat that must be monitored closely - by government and industry leaders alike. As frightening as this doomsday scenario sounds, most experts consider it a low-likelihood event where consequences can vary significantly depending on how such a weapon is delivered.
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TIME HAS COME TO REFORM LAWS GOVERNING LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCESS TO DATA

Source: Nextgov
 
Some of the laws governing the process by which the federal government gains access to electronic data are nearly 30 years old. As a result, electronic evidence today is, effectively, accessible to the government by fiat at a time and place of its choosing, often without regard for who is holding the evidence or even where, on the vast globe of a connected Internet, the evidence is being stored.
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WE CAN TIGHTEN AIR SECURITY WITHOUT CHOKING OFF TRAVEL

Source: USA Today
 
Across the world, hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing areas of war and civil unrest, entering European countries at alarming rates. In fact, according to a recent BBC report, since the start of 2015, nearly 340,000 migrants have been discovered crossing Europe’s external border, more than double the number from the same time period in 2014. This influx of immigrants presents not only a strain on European economies and resources, but also a possible security problem given justified concerns regarding the spread of terrorism and return of foreign fighters to recruit and carry out attacks.
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TELEVISING THE REVOLUTION

 

Some revolutions change humanity for better, some for the worse, but they all share this: You don't know they've started when you're in them. On August 1, 1981, Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the debut music video on the new Music Television Network, MTV. It was probably seen by less than 1,000 people that very day, but ask anyone under 50 now about music without video and you'll get a blank stare. 

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WHY THE FEAR OVER UBIQUITOUS DATA ENCRYPTION IS OVERBLOWN

By: Michael Chertoff Mike McConnell & William Lynn
 
More than three years ago, as former national security officials, we penned an op-ed to raise awareness among the public, the business community and Congress of the serious threat to the nation’s well being posed by the massive theft of intellectual property, technology and business information by the Chinese government through cyberexploitation. Today, we write again to raise the level of thinking and debate about ubiquitous encryption to protect information from exploitation.
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OPM BREACH LEAVES THREATS HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

Source: Fedscoop.com
 
The data breach of the Office of Personnel Management could affect more than 20 million Americans. Yet the true magnitude of this breach lies not in the number of individuals affected, but in the seemingly infinite ways it has compromised our national security.The risk of widespread identity theft or other uses of personally identifiable information for financial gain is not to be taken lightly. But, in my view, it pales in comparison to how it has jeopardized our national security workforce, both in government and the private sector, and degraded the integrity of our security clearance system. Quite simply, it is a national security risk unlike any I’ve seen in my 50 years in the intelligence community.
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