Cyber Threat Intelligence: "The Government Doesn't Have a Monopoly"

by The Cipher Brief Staff

Much as intelligence stovepiping challenged U.S. defenses against terrorism in the lead up to 9/11, it is also an ongoing problem within the U.S. government’s cybersecurity efforts. During the...

Sue Gordon on Speaking Truth to Power, Including the President

by Susan Gordon

Principal Deputy Director Susan Gordon spoke for a second year at The Cipher Brief’s annual Threat Conference (last year, as deputy director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency). Gordon...

"We Need Revolution, Not Just Evolution" in Security Clearances

by Senator Mark Warner

With the multitude of national security threats facing our nation – from Russia and North Korea to extremism and climate change – you might not expect security clearance reform to jump to the top...

Don't Pass Surveillance Legislation in the Dark

by Sen. Ron Wyden

Politicians who support broad, unchecked government surveillance authorities are once again rushing to approve a sweeping program at the expense of Americans’ personal liberty and constitutional...

Use What’s Known to Get to the Unknowns

by Jason Matheny

The U.S. intelligence community has long considered its mission as the gatherer of secrets. But sometimes insights are hiding in plain sight among tweets, blog posts, online videos, newspaper...

We Should Be Nice with Nice Guys and Tough with Tough Guys

by Congressman Will Hurd

The United States is confronting a wide array of national security challenges ranging from North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and Russia’s subversive cyber activities, to the perpetual threat of...

Intel Agency Teaches Machines to Read Maps of the Future

by Duncan Scot Currie

Geospatial intelligence, or the collection and analysis of the physical features of the Earth, has long been an integral aspect of both strategic national security efforts as well as tactical combat....

An Open Letter to the Incoming DIA Director

by Doug Wise and Matt Gunning

Next month, Lieutenant General Robert Ashley will take over as the 21st director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  The career Army military intelligence officer currently serves as the senior...

U.S. Counterintelligence Director: Putin "Achieved His Mission"

by Mackenzie Weinger

Robert Hanssen. Aldrich Ames. Those are just two of the faces peering out from a mock-up “Wall of Shame” of double agents and leakers that leads down a hallway to the United States...

Changing the “Gotcha” Approach to Insider Threats

by Michael Seage

With the help of big data analytics, the Department of Defense Insider Threat Management and Analysis Center — better known as the DITMAC — is looking to transform the DoD’s approach to the...