30 Mar 2021

SolarWinds hack got emails of top DHS officials

New information has been released about the SolarWinds hack in which suspected Russian nationals gained access to US agencies’ systems, with the Department of Homeland Security conceding that the threat actors gained access to email accounts belonging to the head of the agency, Chad Wolf. Other department employees’ emails were

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17 Mar 2021

A Breakthrough for U.N. Governance of Cyberspace

This past weekend, a United Nations group adopted a breakthrough consensus report on standards for responsible state behavior when it comes to cyberspace. Although the report itself contains no groundbreaking norms, the consensus represents a universal recognization for a need to establish cyberspace rules. This idea has been faced with

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16 Mar 2021

The US must adopt Software Bill of Materials to thwart cyberattacks

Following the SolarWinds Russian espionage campaign against the US government, the White House addressed possible executive action on February 17 in response to the most systemic hack of the US government in history. However, experts have criticized the Software Bill of Material’s (SBOM) ability to prevent similar incidents, or worse,

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03 Feb 2021

The Elements of the China Challenge

The United States office of the Secretary of State recently released a document detailing the threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the US and how to address and mitigate these risks. The report states that tensions between the CCP and the US have triggered a new power

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03 Feb 2021

Suspected Chinese hackers used SolarWinds bug to spy on U.S. payroll agency

Five sources familiar with the incident have reported that suspected Chinese hackers exploited a flaw in SolarWinds software last year, using the vulnerability to break into US government computers. This creates a new twist to the already complicated SolarWinds Russian espionage campaign against the US government and private entities. Two

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16 Dec 2020

DHS, DOJ And DOD Are All Customers Of SolarWinds Orion, The Source Of The Huge US Government Hack

The SolarWinds Russia espionage campaign is not limited to the Treasury and Commerce departments, the first two agencies to concede that they were victimized by the incident. The Department of Justice has also announced its involvement in the campaign, however, the list of government agencies that operated on the impacted

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14 Dec 2020

Intel Agencies Seek to Perfect Biometric Recognition from Drones

The intelligence community is seeking to add biometric identification technology to drones, however, it has faced difficulties when implementing facial recognition on the flying devices. Early experiments show that facial recognition technology’s reliability is highly dependent on lighting, camera position, and environmental factors. These elements are difficult to control at

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10 Dec 2020

Bill to Boost CBP’s Synthetic Opioid-Detecting Tech Awaits President’s Signature

On Monday, the Senate passed the bipartisan legislation the DHS Opioid Detection Resilience Act with unanimous consent. The bill was first introduced over a year ago by Republican Representative Clay Higgins and other co-sponsors in the House. The legislation dictates what the responsibilities of the Homeland Security Department in combatting

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16 Nov 2020

AI, ML Tech ‘Needed Today’ to Enhance Decision-Making Process at the Edge, DOD Officials Say

Earlier this week, Pentagon officials announced that they were seeking ways to capitalize on the potential of machine learning and artificial intelligence for automating the decision making processes from a tactical standpoint. In 2019, the Defense Department released a digital modernization strategy that highlighted the uses of AI and machine

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12 Oct 2020

National Security AI Commission at Odds Over U.S. Response to Malign AI

On Thursday, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence met to review third quarter recommendations on how to respond to malign AI, among other pressing technology and national security issues. Six areas of research were considered in how to promote collaboration with US allies on AI. Staff presented a divisive

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