PERSPECTIVE: U.S. Infrastructure Security Challenged by Misuse of ITC Authority

This article, by Phil Stupak, originally appeared in RealClearDefense on July 29, 2021.

The recent announcement of a bipartisan infrastructure deal, also known as the BIF, is exciting not just for repairing America’s roads and bridges but also for the rapid expansion of broadband access to the nation. The BIF funds broadband infrastructure at $65B. 

American policymakers have been trying to expand rural broadband access for the last 40 years. One of the key challenges has been laying copper and fiber optic lines in all parts of the nation. The key to avoiding a Charlie Brown football moment will be … Read More

CGA Founding Partner Jake Braun Appointed by President Biden as Senior Advisor at DHS Management

February 24, 2021 (Washington, DC) – This week, Cambridge Global Advisors (CGA) was honored to announce that Jake Braun, founding Partner and former CEO of the firm was appointed by President Biden to be Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Management Directorate. The move marks Jake’s second time serving in the federal government. He previously served as the DHS-White House Liaison during the Obama Administration.

In 2013, Jake founded CGA as a bipartisan national security strategic advisory firm with former federal government officials Christopher Burnham and Jane Holl Lute. He brought with him experience from DHS … Read More

COMMENTARY: Jake Braun — Serious cyberthreats to consider for Election Day

In the lead up to the 2020 general election, Jake Braun, Executive Director of at the University of Chicago’s Cyber Policy Initiative and author of “Democracy in Danger: How Hackers and Activists Exposed Fatal Flaws in the Election System,” offered commentary on the state of mail-in-voting, the possibilities of online voting, and election security.

In an interview with co-host of CyberHub Engage James Azar, and Synack co-founder Mark Kuhr, Braun said, “We need to bring together democratic countries to fight against [election interference] and publicly call it out so when this happens in France or Germany, all of the democratic … Read More

COMMENTARY: Jake Braun – The two most serious vulnerabilities lie in voter registration databases and election night returns data

In a recent discussion with Virginia’s WTKR, Jake Braun, Executive Director at the University of Chicago’s Cyber Policy Initiative and author of “Democracy in Danger: How Hackers and Activists Exposed Fatal Flaws in the Election System,” offered his insights into the state of cybersecurity for the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

“Braun says the two most serious vulnerabilities lie in voter registration databases and election night returns data. He says the hacking of either could cause chaos at the polls or spawn conspiracy theories about the election’s outcome.

‘We’re already seeing ransomware attacks on databases and we’re already seeing things … Read More

COMMENTARY: Jake Braun – A Perfect Storm of Vulnerabilities Could Determine the 2020 Election

Jake Braun, former White House Liaison to the Department of Homeland Security, outlines the four greatest weaknesses of our election ecosystem in a new article for the Boston Review

As the Director of the Cyber Policy Initiative at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Mr. Braun specializes in cyber, national, and election security. In his article, he explains that flawed infrastructure, conspiracies, vulnerability to system hacks, and susceptibility to trolls all dangerously compound the effect of one another. Rather than confront each of these threats individually, he offers a number of recommendations to address the vulnerabilities … Read More

COMMENTARY: Jane Holl Lute – Now Is The Perfect Time For A Cyberattack. Here’s How To Stop One.

Former Senior Advisor at Cambridge Global Advisors, Jane Holl Lute, outlines the heightened risk of cyberattacks during the COVID-19 pandemic in a new op-ed for The Washington Post.

Ms. Lute, a former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and an expert on cybersecurity who currently serves on the board of the Center for Internet Security, explains why the upending of daily life in recent months has raised concerns regarding the United States’ preparedness for a cyber assault on corporate networks and how actors can mitigate risks as millions of Americans adjust to working remotely.

The article, which was co-written with … Read More

COMMENTARY: NATE SNYDER – Corona highlights there is no substitute for rigorous preparedness

Nate Snyder, a senior advisor at Cambridge Global Advisors and former expert on counterintelligence at the Department of Homeland Security, addressed the need for companies to heed the lessons of COVID-19 and dedicate themselves to addressing emerging threats and investing in cyber protections and tripwires. Snyder’s argument is one calling for swift and efficient action.

He stated, “Once the cat is out of the bag in regard to sensitive information leaking, you either immediately work to mitigate the situation at breakneck speed or the vulnerability will metastasize with even much worse consequences.”

Snyder pointed to an Oklahoma energy infrastructure company … Read More

PERSPECTIVE: Strategic Infiltration and China’s 5G Threat

This piece, by Douglas Lute, originally appeared in Homeland Security Today on October 21, 2019. 

 

The advent of fifth-generation digital communications – 5G – is a topic of hot debate across the world. 5G promises game-changing advances for states, industry, and individual citizens, but also introduces greater risk of security challenges. The excitement around the anticipated 5G network improvements can distract from an important, more strategic consideration.

European Union member states recently released a coordinated report in which they assess the security vulnerabilities associated with 5G, and their findings shouldn’t be ignored. Organizations and nation-states should avoid relying on … Read More