The U.S. Needs a Proactive Approach To Combat Cybercrime

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Daniel Gallington, Charles Brooks, Clare Lopez, Roger Noriega

DANIEL GALLINGTON, former bipartisan general counsel for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

  • Putin’s KGB tactics and Russia’s violation of weapons treaties
  • Why arms treaties historically favored Russia/USSR
  • Chinese pursuit of a “space control capacity”
  • Increasingly political nature of the Congressional intelligence committees, and the Senate Intel Democratic Staff’s report on enhanced interrogation techniques
  • Concerns about the legal closeness of enhanced interrogation to torture

CHARLES BROOKS, Vice President and Client Executive for the Department of Homeland Security at Xerox:

  • Cyber-security’s status as one of the most pressing concerns for the federal government, and DHS especially
  • An overview of the newly discovered Heartbleed bug and various other forms of vulnerabilities that exist within cyberspace
  • The soft target nature of social network sites and the steps that one can take to harden their personal information against cyber-attacks

CLARE LOPEZ, Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy:

  • Brandeis University’s rescinding of an honorary doctorate invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a prominent critic of Islam, after protests
  • NYPD’s decision to disband its covert unit tasked with “human terrain mapping” in local mosques
  • The Islamic Society of North America’s “Safe Spaces Initiative,” and understanding the historical use of mosques as centers of command and control for jihad
  • Problem with little to no mention of the Tsarnaev brothers or jihad on Boston Bombings anniversary

RORGER NORIEGA, former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States:

  • U.N. report labeling Latin America as the most dangerous region in the world
  • Recent negotations in Colombia between the government and a regional narco-trafficking organization known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
  • The tie between widespread criminality and narco-trafficking to a regional increase in immigration to the United States
  • The latest dialogue in Venezuela between government offices and opposition representatives