The Three Dynamics of the Fight Against ISIS

by Michael Morell

Michael Morell, the former Deputy Director and twice Acting Director of CIA, spoke with The Cipher Brief about battling ISIS and how the terrorist attacks in Brussels last week could impact U.S. and...

Our New Reality

by Walter Pincus

It’s time for Americans to understand the new world we have entered into. Terrorism linked to today’s electronics represents a modern version of the ancient means of insurgent warfare against...

The Challenge at the Border

by Mike Fisher

The Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala – is one of the most violent regions in the world, with a staggering 17,422 homicides recorded in 2015. The solution for many citizens...

A Sharper Focus on Trump’s National Security Positions

by Walter Pincus

The danger of Donald Trump’s limited understanding of national security issues has been on display the last few days. His shallowness, which has always been there, comes into sharper focus when you...

The View from the Middle East

by Robert Richer

ISIS’s attack in Brussels has raised questions about where the next attack may occur. Rob Richer, former Associate Director of Operations for the CIA, agreed to sit down with the Cipher Brief and...

The Conundrum of Islam

by Kevin Hulbert

As if we needed another reminder, the Brussels attacks bring into even sharper focus the specter of growing radical Muslim extremism and the threat it poses to the west.   Yesterday’s attacks in...

The Cost of War

by Walter Pincus

It’s time to think of the costs that more than 14 years of war have had on this country. I’m not just thinking in terms of dollars, although we should worry because most of the added expense,...

Endpoint Security Management

by Doug Cahill

Do you bring your own laptop to the office, or does your phone connect to your company’s Wi-Fi network? If so, then you need to be concerned about endpoint security. The rise of...

How Foreign Governments Might be Analyzing the U.S. Presidential Race

by Carmen Medina

Senior leaders of authoritarian governments almost certainly are asking their intelligence services to analyze the implications of the current U.S. presidential election. What follows is the guidance...

Security and Privacy are Not Mutually Exclusive

by Elaine Lammert

The interesting thing about the Apple vs. FBI encryption debate is that that there is little disagreement that encryption is a valuable tool for protecting individuals’ privacy and preventing...