Archive for Security

Computer Security Resource Center

NIST’s Computer Security Resource Center has been providing guidance for twenty years in the area of cybersecurity. It publishes extensively in this area, issuing guidelines in a wide variety of areas such as risk management, validation protocols, and the like. Consult its large library of publications, its glossary of 6700+ terms, and its newly reformatted blog that you can sign up for. For those interested in cybersecurity issues, this is a valuable site.


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National Security Reports – August 2019 Update

China Military Power (DIA); Challenges to Security in Space (DIA); Chairman Xi remakes the PLA : assessing Chinese military reforms (National Defense University Press); China’s other army : the People’s Armed Police in an era of reform (Institute for National Strategic Studies); China’s pursuit of emerging and exponential technologies : hearing before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, second session : hearing held January 9, 2018; The Department of Defense Indo-Pacific strategy report : preparedness, partnerships, and promoting a networked region (DoD); Report on the effects of a changing climate to the Department of Defense (DoD); Artificial Intelligence Prediction and Counterterrorism (Chatham House); Voting Machine Security: Where We Stand Six Months Before the New Hampshire Primary (Brennan Center); Survey Reveals 87% of Americans Consider Cybersecurity a Top Priority(Anomali/Harris); and Early Findings: Review of State and Local Government Ransomware Attacks (Recorded Future).

Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process; Conventional Prompt Global Strike and Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues;Selected Homeland Security Issues in the 116th Congress (updated August 14); Convergence of Cyberspace Operations and Electronic Warfare; U.S. – North Korea Relations;  Domestic Terrorism: Some Considerations;Renewed Great Power Competition: Implications for Defense–Issues for Congress; U.S.-North Korea Relations, and Russia’s Nuclear Weapons: Doctrine, Forces, and Modernization(all CRS).
























































































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Congressional Russian Investigation Documents

Not only are all the hearings listed at this site – Public Document Clearinghouse: Congressional Russia Investigations – but letters, remarks, subpoenas, press releases, etc are all included so in essence all Congressional documents pertaining to Russian interference are available in one spot.

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Interviews with Dr Dorothy Denning

Since the Professional Security Studies department houses the Dr. Dorothy E. Denning Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, now would be a good time to direct you to two recent interviews with her: an oral history interview from the University of Minnesota (2013), and this 2018 oral history interview housed at the Naval Postgraduate School.

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National Security Reports – July 2019 Update

International Relations Committee Report: Rising Nuclear Risk, Disarmament and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (UK Parliament Library); Developments in Violent Extremism in the Middle East and Beyond: Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief (NAS); Defending Elections (Brennan Center); Thematic Bibliography: Information Warfare (NATO); Active Cyber Defence – The Second Year (UK National Cyber Security Center); Conflict: Watch List-2019 Second Update (International Crisis Group); Issue Brief: State Cyber Disruption Response Plans (NGA); State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 (UNICEF); Securing 5G Networks (CFR); 5G Wireless Networks: Market Penetration and Risk Factors (DHS); National Best Practices for Implementing and Sustaining a Cold Case Investigation Unit (OJP); Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance 2018 Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report; FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands(GAO); Mass Attacks In Public Spaces – 2018 (US Secret Service); and Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2019 (Europol).

Iran’s Nuclear Program: Tehran’s Compliance with International Obligations; U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America: An Overview; DOD’s Cloud Strategy and the JEDI Cloud Procurement; Caribbean Basin Security Initiative; Iran Sanctions (major 100+ pages report); Hypersonic Weapons: Background and Issues for Congress; The Current State of Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform and Management; Campaign and Election Security Policy: Brief Introduction; and Military Installations and Sea-Level Rise.(All CRS)


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Robert Mueller’s Testimony Before Congress

For those who are interested, the two separate hearings will be broadcast on C-SPAN where they will be permanently housed as well as an unofficial (but normally quite accurate) transcript of each session will be made available.

Since election security figures so prominently in his report (redacted version here), there are some worthy sites one should look at:

Campaign and Election Security Policy: Brief Introduction; The Designation of Election Systems as Critical Infrastructure; Election Security: Issues in the 2018 Midterm Elections (CRS)

Elections: Observations on Voting Equipment Use and Replacement (GAO)


Election Security | Cybersecurity: What Legislators (and Others) Need to Know (NCSL)

Election Security (EFF)

Election Security (NPR)

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National Security Reports – June 2019 Update

Cyber Readiness Institute; Encryption Working Group (Carnegie Endowment); Quantum gate teleportation between separated zones of a trapped-ion processor (preprint; published in Science; here is a press release on this); EU defence: where is it heading? (UK Parliament Library); DOD Needs to Assess Risk and Provide Guidance on Use of Climate Projections in Installation Master Plans and Facilities Designs(GAO); Web Attacks and Gaming Abuse (Akamai “State of Internet” Report); Trends in Armed Conflict, 1946-2018 (PRIO); AMBER Alert Field Guide for Law Enforcement Officers (DOJ); Encrypted Extremism Inside the English-Speaking Islamic State Ecosystem on Telegram (GWU); From Battlefront to Cyberspace: Demystifying the Islamic State’s Propaganda Machine (Combatting Terrorism Center, West Point); Overview: Building Strong Cybersecurity in the European Union (European Commission); The National Security of Climate Change: Statement For the Record by Peter Kiemel Counselor, National Intelligence Council, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (House Select Committee on Intelligence); Peace and Security in 2019: Overview of EU Action and Outlook for the Future (European Parliamentary Research Service); How can city governments protect themselves against ransomware attacks? (Brookings); and Principles of Intelligence Transparency for the Intelligence Community (DNI).

Bahrain: Unrest, Security, and U.S. Policy; Honduras: Background and U.S. Relations; North Macedonia: In Brief; The Federal Bureau of Investigation: Just the Facts; National Security Implications of Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Technologies; U.S. Overseas Diplomatic Presence: Background and Issues for CongressCentral American Migration: Root Causes and U.S. Policy; and Maintaining Electric Reliability with Wind and Solar Sources: Background and Issues for Congress(all CRS).





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