C5IS considers whether the difficulty in preempting lone wolf attacks stems from too much Big Data & OSINT - or not enough analytics. In tandem with the uptick in lone wolf terrorist attacks across Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, demand for ISS solutions has soared, benefitting the finances of private firms and boosting stock prices of those … [Read more...]
Presidential Cybersecurity Order – Trumped by WannaCrypt Malware
On May 12, 2017, the Administration issued a long-awaited Executive Order on Cybersecurity, outlining the President’s strategy - and mandate - to improve security for federal agencies, critical infrastructure industries and other enterprises. Depending on your interpretation, it was either perfect timing for President Donald Trump, cyber-wise - or else Friday the 13th struck a … [Read more...]
Will UK Anti-Encryption Rules Backfire on Lawmakers?
Last week’s leak of draft regulations for implementing the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) shed new light on two of the more controversial aspects of the proposed UK anti-encryption rules: mandatory disabling of encrypted services and “equipment interference.” The rules require service providers to “remove any electronic protection applied by or on behalf of the … [Read more...]
The Fall of Arab Spring – Military Rule in the Middle East
The Fall of Arab Spring in Egypt illustrates the enduring allure of military government in the region: stability and protection of the people. During the recent visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the U.S., liberal media exploded with negative coverage of President Trump’s meeting with “the worst military dictator in Egyptian history.” El-Sisi was generally … [Read more...]
Criminal Profiling the Terrorist – Is Radical Islam a Psychosis?
Today, C5IS departs from our usual realm of tech analysis to examine the psychological characteristics behind terrorism. Among our chief tenets: that individuals who commit terrorism in the name of Radical Islam are the psychological echo of paranoid schizophrenics. The two types are closely similar: lone wolves who feel persecuted, want revenge against … [Read more...]