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...

CIA Nominee Haspel’s History of “Taking the Tough Jobs”

by Doug Wise

To the distinguished ladies and gentlemen on Capitol Hill: You are poised to make one of the most critical decisions this term by voting on the president’s nominee to become the director of the...

Leveraging Accountability to Fix Cybersecurity

by Oren Falkowitz

When accountability is used as innovation, it not only drives social change but also helps solve seemingly intractable problems. Cybersecurity is an industry that can desperately use a dose of...

Ex-CIA Chief Brennan’s Broadsides Against Trump Only Help Putin

by Daniel Hoffman

Editor’s Note: The Cipher Brief reached out to former CIA Director John Brennan for a response to the published op-ed, but he declined to comment. – Russian President Vladimir Putin has...

Targeting One of America’s Deadliest Foes: Opioids

by Michael Vigil

Americans are facing one of their deadliest foes in recent history: not ISIS, but opioids, painkillers that are highly addictive and killing thousands of Americans annually. Drug overdoses took the...

Gina Haspel Stands Ready to Break the Glass Ceiling. Let Her.

by Carmen Landa Middleton

Gina Haspel, the deputy director of the CIA, stands ready to break through one of the most stubborn glass ceilings in the U.S. government, and this moment matters. Since the announcement of the...

There is No Such Thing as Cyber Deterrence. Please Stop.

by Lt. Commander Robert "Jake" Bebber

History suggests that applying the wrong operational framework to an emerging strategic environment is a recipe for failure. During the World War I, both sides failed to realize that large scale...

European Defense Needs to Go On Offense

by General Sir Richard Barrons and Doug Wise

Europe’s defense capability is at the nadir of a cycle of decline since the end of the Cold War. It was less important at the time when Europe and its allies, principally the U.S., held sway in the...

The Seven Deadly Sins of Social Media

by Todd Rosenblum

The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data exploitation crisis seems to be waking up a new wave of Americans to the fundamental downsides of our purposeful addiction to social media providers. Russia’s...