Which Federal Agency Controls Cybersecurity? The Answer May Surprise You.
April 16, 2014

How the infitration by a Russian criminal organizaion of Wyndham Hotels led to a major development in cybersecurity policy.

American Power Is Waning Because Washington Won't Stop Quarreling
March 10, 2014

The economy is a long-term problem, but that's not what prevents the U.S. from enacting its interests abroad.

Obama's NSA Speech Wasn't an Apology. It Was a Clever Defense.
January 21, 2014

It was his best speech on national security, but it will not quell the controversies.

What the Latest NSA Bombshell Reveals About Media Standards Today
January 15, 2014

David Sanger and Thom Shanker have a lengthy story in the New York Times about various National Security Agency techniques for penetrating foreign computers and networks, including a strategy for accessing seemingly air-gapped computers.

Jack Goldsmith: Journalists Are Too Thin-Skinned
And other national-security debates in these three podcasts
November 13, 2013

On October 25, the Hoover Institution put together a media colloquium which brought together a group of distinguished journalists who work on national security issues and put them face to face for a day with members of its Jean Perkins Task Force on National Security and Law.

The Security Burden Shouldn't Rest Solely on the Software User
October 31, 2013

The below is the final installment in a five-part series. Part 1 explored the problems stemming from our collective unwillingness to hold software providers accountable for vulnerability-ridden code. Part 2 argued that the technical challenges associ

We Need Strict Laws If We Want More Secure Software
October 30, 2013

This is the fourth installment in a series on whether and how to hold software makers financially liable for the insecurity of their products. Part I offered an overview of the problem of insecure code. Part II countered the notion that the technical

The NSA Doesn't Need Wholesale Reform, Just Greater Oversight
October 29, 2013

What should we do about the NSA? Should we do anything at all? These question are on the forefront these days.

White House and Congress Didn't Know the NSA Was Spying on Allies? I Doubt It
October 29, 2013

Count me as very skeptical about the suggestions in recent days that neither the White House nor the congressional intelligence committees knew about NSA collections against leaders in allied countries.