Top Cybersecurity Trends For 2021 and Beyond

By William Rials Abstract This article provides an overview of the cybersecurity landscape and how it was dramatically shifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, it provides a look into the future with the top 10 cybersecurity trends and predictions for 2021 and beyond. The pandemic response caused massive disruptions to the way we


Data, Policy and the Disaster of Misrepresentation and Mistrust

By Monica Sanders Abstract Using big data and current technology is increasingly becoming part of the practice of emergency and disaster management. With respect to marginalized populations, there are flaws in the way technologies are designed and how data is collected that have negative, disparate impacts on these groups. The organizations that produce the tools


Implementing Space Technology and Innovations into Homeland Security and Emergency Management Operations and Activities

By Arthur Simental, Tina Bynum and John Holst Abstract Space capabilities, technology, applications, and services represent the forefront of technological development for the homeland security enterprise. Space capabilities and technological innovations are emerging technologies that are shaping and redefining homeland security, emergency management and response operations. These technologies are redefining how we approach emergency operations


How Violent Attacks Are Changing The Demands of Mass Casualty Incidents: A Review of The Challenges Associated with Intentional Mass Casualty Incidents

By Luke Hodgson Abstract Antagonistically induced mass casualty incidents (MCI) introduce unique conditions that are rarely addressed in current MCI policies. Many of today’s MCIs are intentional acts of violence, such as mass shootings, improvised explosions, mass stabbings, vehicle rammings, and other similar assault tactics. Not only have the methods changed, so too have the


Senior Military Leadership in Domestic Operations: An Exploratory Study

By William A. Denny Abstract While the vast majority of training, education, and leader development experiences for military officers are related to operations overseas, civil support operations are conducted in a radically different environment. This article reports on an exploratory study on how senior military leaders perceive leadership during a crisis-disaster response in the U.S.


Risk Reduction and Deterrence: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

By Eric Taquechel Abstract Government documents and academic articles focus on risk reduction and deterrence, sometimes simultaneously. With limited resources, how should CIKR stakeholders invest? If the objective is to deter, that may have certain implications for investment. If the objective is to reduce risk, that may have different implications. However, what if the objective

Normalizing Cybersecurity: Improving Cyber Incident Response with the Incident Command System

Darin HansOn EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In February of 2018, the state of Colorado became the first state in the nation to issue an emergency declaration for a cyber attack after its Department of Transportation was struck with ransomware.[1]  After early struggles responding to the incident, the Incident Command System (ICS) was implemented and a Unified Command

Strategic Communications and the Department of Homeland Security: Immigration Policies, Mixed Messaging, and Information Fratricide

Jonathan Graham EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Many Americans disapproved of the immigration enforcement policies of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during the Trump administration. This thesis begins by asking what can be learned about DHS’s communications strategy during controversial policy rollouts and whether a negative perception of those policies can be improved. Previous research has not