Port Security in the Cyber Age


In the nineteenth century, American strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan helped define a new understanding of maritime security and the role of the U.S. Navy in ensuring American global influence. Mahan believed that a strong Navy and robust maritime trade were both integral to national and economic security. He also recognized the importance of port security, eloquently stating “the ships that thus sail to and fro must have secure ports to which to return.” In an age of profound and evolving cyber threats to critical infrastructure, Mahan’s philosophy takes on renewed importance. Port security must be reconsidered in all its facets to safeguard this cornerstone of global trade and national influence.

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By: Paul Rosenzweig

Source: GCN

Body-worn cameras (BWCs) are the next wave of policing.  If law enforcement officials aren’t careful, however, the wave may drown them rather thancarry them to shore.In mid-January, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, SafeGov.org and the Police Foundation hosted a day-long review of the current state of deployment of BWCs at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  If the expert recommendations from that event could be summarized in a single phrase it would be: “Proceed with caution.” 

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Source: Time 
Last week, the European Commission and the U.S. concluded tough negotiations to reach an important new agreement regarding cross-border data transfers, the so-called “E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield,” which replaces the 15-year-old Safe Harbor compact. We also learned the U.S. and the U.K. began negotiations regarding a new data-sharing agreement that shows great promise to establish a basis for other like-minded democracies to develop a more modern and workable legal framework for government access to citizens’ data.
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On October 31, 2015, an international charter flight departing from Sharm el-Sheik International Airport disintegrated mid-flight en-route to Saint Petersburg, Russia, killing all passengers onboard. Two weeks later, a series of coordinated attacks led by a Brussels-based terrorist cell struck Paris, resulting in the death of over 130 people. Last week, a female shooter who arrived to the United States on a fiancé visa in 2014, along with her husband killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. It is evident that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reached beyond its own borders, claiming responsibility for attacks, inspiring others, and striving to continuously expand its influence and network.

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Source: CNBC.com
Tension between the tech community and U.S. law enforcement agencies over privacy versus security is on the rise. But it's time for everyone to step back and take some of the drama out of the debate. There is much that the tech community and law enforcement can agree on. They can agree that we need a smooth, efficient legal process in place to provide law enforcement with access to information it needs to do its job. They can agree on the value of protecting end user privacy. And, they can agree that, in the long run, the globalized nature of the network requires us to forge international agreements that facilitate these two outcomes across international borders.
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The Cipher Brief reached out to Jayson Ahern, a Principal at the Chertoff Group, to get his thoughts on what it will take to prevent another attack like the one we saw this week in San Bernardino, CA. Ahern, who previously served in senior positions at the Department of Homeland Security, discussed the challenges law enforcement faces, the U.S. government’s outreach to Muslim communities, and a community-based approach to preventing gun violence.
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