Developing Cyber Literacy in the Workforce

by Rhea Siers

Every day we read another report lamenting the limited workforce that possesses the technical skills so badly needed in cybersecurity.  This is a significant challenge for our educational system to...

Is Trump Selling Fantasies?

by Walter Pincus

In his campaign, Donald Trump has created a fact free zone in which he has for the most part been selling fantasies instead of proposing real government programs. Trump, himself, has indicated that...

The Link Between Economic and National Security

by Michael Morell

In an interview with The Cipher Brief last month, former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell said that one of the things he would tell the next president is that “the health of a nation’s economy...

The Americans are Coming…

by Suzanne Kelly

…or is it the Russians?  The popular FX series premieres episode one of season four on Wednesday.  In case you’re not already read in on the cold-war drama, prepare to be taken back to 1980s...

ISIS and the Caucasus

by Michael Sulick

Russia‘s military engagement in Syria reflects Vladimir Putin’s obsession with reasserting his nation’s influence in the Middle East and establishing superpower parity with the U.S. This...

Countering Drones

by Rachel Stohl

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry is growing rapidly, and this is causing some concern about individuals using UAVs for illicit purposes. The Cipher Brief spoke to Rachel Stohl, of the...

On Defense: Carter and the Candidates

by Walter Pincus

Two vastly different conversations about U.S. defense policies took place last week. One conversation centered around Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s statements during multiple appearances on the...

Four Years with Kim Jong-Un

by Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

Over four years have passed since Kim Jong-un took over the leadership of North Korea after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in late 2011. At the time, some hoped that Kim Jong-un’s young age...

How Will the Next President Take the Daily Intelligence Brief?

by David Priess

Upon entering the Oval Office, every president since Harry Truman has faced a seemingly mundane decision with huge implications: how to take his daily intelligence report. Starting with Lyndon...

The Myth of Cyber Deterrence

by Rhea Siers

Deterrence theory formed the foundation of the narratives and the strategies that shaped the Cold War, and many now seek to apply classical deterrence to the cyber sphere. In essence, deterrence...