Tommy Waller

From Elections to Electrons – Cybersecurity Threats to America’s Infrastructure

On July 8th 2020, George Cotter, a veteran cryptologist and former Chief Information Officer of the National Security Agency, joined the Center’s Director of Infrastructure, Tommy Waller, to discuss the cyber threat landscape to America’s critical infrastructures – a topic Mr. Cotter characterized as “ominous with respect to anything of value to this country: critical infrastructures, our elections, and our grid.”

Renowned Cybersecurity Expert: “ICS cyber security is the second coming of the Maginot Line – and the Chinese have breached it”

A world-renowned cybersecurity expert recently asked a fundamental question: “Why would attackers hit defenses head-on when they could simply bypass them?”  He then explained in detail how one of America’s MOST CRITICAL grid assets – Large Power Transformers – are vulnerable to Chinese hardware backdoors which compromise their integrity and potentially put them at grave risk of damage or destruction.

Shining sunlight on a massive cybersecurity cover-up

On May 12, the Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman, the Honorable Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and her committee colleague, the Honorable James Risch (R-Idaho), filed the “Energy Infrastructure Protection Act of 2020,” (S. 3688) claiming that it “takes important steps to ensure that information critical to utility operations is not unintentionally exposed, as that could surrender America’s energy security to foreign adversaries.”

Will grid regulators FINALLY take security seriously?

One week after the President of the United States declared a national emergency with respect to the electric grid and issued Executive Order 13920: “Securing the United States Bulk-Power System,” prominent grid security researcher and Secure the Grid Coalition member Michael Mabee filed an official complaint with the federal agency who is supposed to oversee the security of that system: the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The pandemic means grid operators must be resourced like DoD’s Special Operators, and now!

Members of the U.S. Special Operations Command are among the most well-trained and well-equipped warriors in the world, and our nation is rightly proud of that fact. As these noble combatants work diligently around the world every day to hunt America’s enemies, their service keeps us safe and for that we are grateful.

Will America’s new Counter Terrorism Chief be an honest broker on the roots of terrorism?

The Acting Director of National Intelligence has announced the appointment of a new director for the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)—Lora Shiao. Ms. Shiao’s impressive background includes numerous assignments within various defense and intelligence agencies of the federal government. Ms. Shiao will be responsible for maintaining the NCTC as “a center of gravity and leading voice that unifies counterterrorism intelligence for the homeland and abroad.”

How Righteous Anger Inspires Action, and Hope, to Secure the Grid

Last week, China’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of its Communist Party, included a parade of frightening military armaments. The U.S. is has no defenses for some of the new weapons. The Communist government proudly showcased an inventory of ninety DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missiles, each containing ten nuclear warheads – enough to destroy America’s strategic military targets almost two-times over.