• Hardware ProtectionProtecting Hardware from Software Attacks

    In order to break the endless cycle of software patch-and-pray, DARPA’s System Security Integration Through Hardware and firmware (SSITH) program aims to develop ASIC hardware with novel protections proven in mitigating against software attacks on hardware.

     

  • ExtremismCriticism Mount of U.K. Counter-Extremism Programs

    There is a “fundamental mismatch” between the threat posed by Islamist terrorism and the attention afforded to it by Prevent, the U.K. government’s counter-extremism program, according to a new report.The report finds that despite the finding of the government’s independent reviewer that the United Kingdom faces the greatest terroristic threat from Islamists, far more resources are being devoted to other forms of extremism.

  • Hate CrimesFBI Works to Increase Hate Crimes Awareness

    By Chris Simkins

    The United States recorded nearly 7,500 hate crimes in 2020, the highest level in more than a decade. As eye-popping as the yearly total may be, researchers note the vast majority of hate crimes are never reported to police. In October, the FBI launched a nationwide awareness campaign to encourage victims and witnesses to report hate crimes to law enforcement.

  • Military TechnologyThe Drivers of Invention of Military Technologies

    Researchers tested competing theories about what drove the evolution of war machines throughout world history.

  • Energy SecurityFrance Sets to Invest in Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

    By Lisa Louis

    France plans to invest in small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs). Some experts question whether this is ecologically and economically sensible, but it may be that France’s interests in SMRs is as much about geopolitical strategy as it is about energy.

  • Energy SecurityIncreasing Hydrogen Energy Requires All Technologies to Be Pushed Forward

    No single hydrogen technology should be prioritized, says a new study, and the production, distribution, and use of hydrogen needs to be optimized.

  • DisastersExtreme Rain Heads for California’s Burn Scars, Raising the Risk of Mudslides – This Is What Cascading Climate Disasters Look Like

    By Amir AghaKouchak

    Wildfires strip away vegetation and leave the soil less able to absorb water. A downpour on these vulnerable landscapes can quickly erode the ground as fast-moving water carries debris and mud with it. Wildfires strip away vegetation and leave the soil less able to absorb water. A downpour on these vulnerable landscapes can quickly erode the ground as fast-moving water carries debris and mud with it. Such consecutive events lead to human disasters. Studies show climate change is raising the risk of multiple compound disasters.

  • Our picksSecurity Threats Posed by CRISPR | Computer Security for Nuclear Security | What Will Determine Whether China Overtakes U.S. in Tech, and more

    ·  From CRISPR Babies to Super Soldiers: Challenges and Security Threats Posed by CRISPR

    ·  Surveillance of Laboratory Exposures to Human Pathogens and Toxins, Canada 2020

    ·  Scarred By Mass Shooting, Britain to Check Social Media, Medical Records of Gun License Applicants

    ·  Far-Right ‘Berserker Clan’ Accused of Prepping for Armed Uprising in Germany

    ·  Computer Security for Nuclear Security

    ·  Officials Warn 5 Key Tech Sectors Will Determine Whether China Overtakes U.S.

    ·  September Saw Fewer Unaccompanied Children Crossing into U.S.

  • Climate & National SecurityBiden Administration Places Climate Change at the Center of U.S. Security Planning

    The administration on Thursday has released a series of reports addressing the increasingly severe impact of climate change on U.S. national security – an impact which is only going to grow in severity and scope. Taken together, the reports signal a new stage in U.S. policy, one which places climate change at the center of the U.S. security planning.

  • ANALYSIS: Gathering StormRising Temperatures Reshaping, Exacerbating Global Security Landscape

    By Jeff Seldin

    More than just altering the environment, climate change is threatening to permanently and dangerously reshape the global security landscape. These are the conclusions of a series of new assessments by U.S. military, intelligence, and security officials. “As climate change converges with other drivers — especially geostrategic competition, emerging technology and global-demographic trends — it is reshaping the risk landscape,” DHS said in its assessment. “The corrosive impact of these trends will make nations increasingly vulnerable to domestic instability, with sweeping implications for regional and border security and core national security interests.”.

  • GunsU.S. Gun Violence Increased 30 Percent During COVID-19 Pandemic

    Gun violence increased by more than 30 percent in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers said that stress, domestic violence, lack of social interactions and greater access to firearms might have contributed to the increase.

  • Weapons DetectionWeapons-Detection Algorithm Studied at Las Vegas International Airport

    This summer, DHS S&T demonstrated a new advanced algorithm to better detect non-explosive weapons like guns, knives, and other items that are prohibited on commercial aircraft in a real-world setting at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport.

  • Infrastructure ProtectionUrbanites Face Heightened Flood Risk as a Result of Forest Loss

    The devastating impact of flooding in Queensland’s north, exacerbated by forest loss, is badly affecting urban areas. Researchers found that deforestation near urban areas exposes these areas to much larger amounts of water flowing on the soil surface soon after a rainfall.

  • Climate ChallengesCanals Can Help the U.K. Cope with the Climate Problems

    The presence of canal water can cool urban areas by up to 1.6°C during heatwaves in a 100-metre-wide corridor along the waterway. Research shows that the U.K.’s 200-year-old canals offer huge ‘blue’ opportunities to help Britain tackle the climate change crisis by helping cool homes and businesses, mitigating floods, and generating electricity through hydro generators.

  • Our picksCybersecurity Training in Rural Communities | Russian Corruption Ransomware | Authoritarian Regimes & Hacking Tools, and more

    ·  Bill Named for N.J. Man Killed by Rental Truck Used in 2017 NYC Terror Attack Passes U.S. House

    ·  Terrorism Threat to UK Lawmakers Substantial After Colleague Murder -Patel

    ·  Luján Introduces Bill to Hold Tech Platforms Accountable for Algorithmic Promotion of Extremist Content

    ·  Bipartisan Antiterrorism Bill Introduced

    ·  Bringing Cybersecurity Training to Rural Communities

    ·  Russian Corruption Makes It Harder to Crack Down on Ransomware

    ·  U.S. Govt to Ban Export of Hacking Tools to Authoritarian Regimes

  • PandemicsTargeted Interventions: Containing Pandemics, Minimizing Societal Disruption

    COVID has so far infected 21 million people, with more than 4.5 of them dying. Nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), such as case isolation, quarantining contacts, and the complete lockdown of entire countries, often come at the expense of economic disruption, harm to social and mental well-being, and require costly administration costs to ensure compliance.

  • MisinformationMisinformation on Stem Cell Treatments for COVID-19 Linked to Overhyped Science: Researchers

    Researchers call for stronger regulations to deter the sale of unproven cell-based products, and more responsible and accurate science communication.

  • Influence OperationsWhy Do the Russian and Chinese Governments Want Americans to Dislike Immigrants?

    By Michael Howard and Alex Nowrasteh

    The Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Kremlin’s propaganda and disinformation arm, employs fake social media accounts, media properties, memes, and bots to conduct what the Russians call “active measures” campaign to influence U.S. public opinion. The IRA’s goal is to intensify political opinions on every issue, and one of the IRA’s prime targets is to deepen nativist sentiments among Americans.

  • ARGUMENT: Unabomber RevivalWhy Right-Wing Extremists Love the Unabomber

    Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, was an American domestic terrorist whose 17-year bombing campaign killed three people and injured 23 others. Seeking to protect wilderness and destroy technology, he targeted scientists and businessmen. Kiernan Christ writes “Kaczynski’s contemporary influence, however, is not strongest among environmental activists. Rather, his manifesto and ideology have found a home on far-right websites, where Kaczynski is cited as a key radicalizing influence and thought leader in spaces generally extremely hostile to modern environmentalism.”

  • Climate ChallengesCities Worldwide Aren’t Adapting to Climate Change Quickly Enough

    By John Rennie Short

    Climate change is magnifying threats such as flooding, wildfires, tropical storms and drought. cities are quickly becoming more vulnerable to extreme weather events and permanent shifts in their climate zones. The problem is that the pace of climate change is accelerating much more rapidly than urban areas are taking steps to adapt to it.

  • Disaster PreparednessCost-Effective Disaster Preparedness

    With hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, the COVID-19 pandemic and more, the world has seen a multitude of disasters recently. Research on disaster preparedness aims to offer cost-effective solutions, reduce suffering.

  • Food SecurityNuclear War's Smoke Would Cause Climate Change, Threatening Global Food Supplies

    Nuclear war would cause many immediate fatalities, but smoke and soot from the resulting fires would also cause climate change lasting up to fifteen years, threatening worldwide food production and human health, according to a new study.