Statecraft and business have always been closely linked, but the advent of digital technology has blurred the roles more than ever. Systems crucial to the economic well-being and national security of the United States rest in the hands of private companies. The two sectors must cooperate by sharing information at ...

The United Kingdom has revamped the way its intelligence agencies collaborate with private industry by establishing a new National Cyber Security Centre that leans towards more open and meaningful exchanges to help secure the country against malicious cyber attacks. The Cipher Brief’s Levi Maxey spoke with Sir David Omand, the ...

Few security challenges muddle the distinction between government and business roles as those emanating from cyberspace. National security issues no longer remain solely under the purview of government agencies, and companies continue to find themselves in the sights of foreign adversaries. Moreover, attacks against commercial products have geopolitical ramifications. Software ...

We are living in a new era, with unprecedented industrial scale theft of intellectual property and company secrets. The most recent example is a vast cyber espionage campaign, dubbed Operation Cloud Hopper, made public this April. In this global campaign, a China based group targeted IT service providers, thereby obtaining ...

Collaborating with the private sector remains “a work in progress” for the U.S. government and intelligence community, but prioritizing that effort is crucial to protecting national security, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday. Reaching out to the private sector is a “daunting task,” the U.S.’s top spy said, ...

Recent amendments to the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA)—a multilateral voluntary agreement among 41 countries that places restrictions on the export of dual use technologies—have added intrusion software and Internet Protocol (IP) network surveillance systems to the list of technologies that cannot be exported. The amendments’ purpose is to prevent countries, known ...

The U.S. government continues to face a “trust deficit” with the technology community and must emphasize building relationships with the private sector in order to deal with next generation threats, top current and former intelligence officials said on Wednesday. FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, Admiral Michael Rogers, head ...

The Department of Homeland Security launched a pilot project on Monday to place employees into private sector companies for training stints of up to six months. The public-private initiative is an effort to boost information sharing and workforce development in areas such as cybersecurity and engineering, DHS leaders said during ...

Sue Gordon’s mission to help forge the future of The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is no small task.   Consider that she leads a team of some fourteen thousand cartographers, geographers and others as they deliver a comprehensive understanding of time and space to decision makers in the military and intelligence ...

Q&A with Walter Scott, Founder of DigitalGlobe One of the major commercial satellite companies is DigitalGlobe.   The Cipher Brief sat down with its founder, Walter S. Scott, who discussed the universal availability of imagery today and the dramatic changes impacting both the industry and the U.S. government. The Cipher Brief: ...

Q&A with NGA Director Robert Cardillo on “Succeeding in the Open” The Cipher Brief sat down recently with NGA Director Robert Cardillo to ask about the specific challenges his Agency is facing given today’s complex threat environment and how partnerships will be a critical and evolving part of NGA’s future.  ...

The whole of the warring nations are engaged, not only soldiers, but the entire population, men, women and children. The fronts are everywhere…the front line runs through the factories. —Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1940)  Addressing the House of Commons in 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill observed that in the new ...

The Cipher Brief sat down with Suzanne Spaulding, the Department of Homeland Security’s Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate.  She shared her thoughts on areas of collaboration between the public and the private sector, and the ways DHS can help. The Cipher Brief: What is your role ...

The Cipher Brief sat down with Robert Cardillo, the Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.  He shared his thoughts on the public-private partnership and the future of NGA. The Cipher Brief: In today’s complex threat environment, how does the IC stay at the technology curve? How does it manage to ...