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This Sunday will mark one year until the 2020 election in the United States. Over the course of the next 366 days, we will have many opportunities to learn about candidates for the various offices and about the issues that matter to us.

Throughout this time, we should remember that our democratic system is the most important piece of critical infrastructure in the United States, and it is one that we should all strive to p...

Like many Americans, I’m very, very happy that professional football is back. I love football. On each side of the ball, eleven players committed to working together to best achieve their common objective in the face of an adversary committed to the same objective. Unlike in some other sports, no single player, no matter how great, can win a game without their teammates. Sports take active involvement, and many have heard that...

At the recent InfraGard Southeast Region ISI, a panel of experts discussed ways to address insider threats. I took away several useful perspectives on the question, and wanted to share them with all of our members.

First, insider attacks come in a variety of forms, including personal fraud, IP theft, IT sabotage, physical attack, and active shooter. Not all of these attack types involve the use of technology.

Second, m...

Extinction Rebellion is a radical environmental group established in the United Kingdom in May 2018 by Roger Hallam, among others. While Extinction Rebellion trumpets climate change as an existential crisis requiring immediate massive societal changes, the movement's true motivation becomes clear as you move backward on the timeline and begin to uncover the founder's mindset.

To this end, Extinction Rebellion-pro...

A year ago, our InfraGard chapter began this monthly Vantage Point blog series as a means by which "to share ideas and perspective that may be of interest and of value to our community addressing notable events and issues that align with our Chapter mission and those of InfraGardNCR members." A year later, it is encouraging to see members from our Board continue to share insights and perspective as we develop new member progra...

As security professionals, we are bombarded by products that promise to solve our security problems.  It is easy to find verticals where four or five different vendors will claim to be the best solution and will even cite data from third parties to back up their claims.  For example, I have lost count of the number of vendors who claim to offer a "single pane of glass" that will give me a comprehensive view of the security of...

In 2019, the threats facing our nation's critical infrastructure still exist and are evolving as modern technologies are introduced into our society. The internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, edge computing, machine learning, and quantum computing are a sampling of modern technologies that promise to make our lives better. Along with bringing benefits, modern technologies will also introduce new c...

Here we are in the middle of the holiday season, a time for looking back on the past year and thinking about a new one on the way. Hopefully you read last month's Vantage Point article and are taking Steve's advice on reducing the "fatbergs" in our water systems during this busy cooking season.  While this edition of Vantage Point is not as tactical as Steve's, it does offer a chance to reflect on where the Chapter has been an...

It's November and tomorrow is Thanksgiving, when millions of people across the country and the National Capital Region will sit down for a holiday dinner with family and friends.  Some of the most popular foods to eat on Thanksgiving are turkey, ham, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pie.  When dinner is over, it's time for the unenviable task of cleaning up, which among other things means having to dispose of food scraps,...

We're in the middle of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCASM).  Week 2's theme was "Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity."  According to a Ranstad North America report, as of 2016, there were approximately 3 million more STEM jobs than workers to fill them.  So what can we, InfraGardNCR, do?   

In response to our discussions with FBI Leadership at a...

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