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The Russians are coming? Why Attention to Cyber Defense is more critical than ever

The new-found “Red Scare” arising from the revelation of Russian-government directed cyber attacks against the U.S., reminds me of a wonderful line from the movie “Casablanca.”  Captain Renault, a reluctant Vichy-police official with rather flexible views on the vice of gambling, is pressured by the Nazi’s to find any pretext to close down “Rick’s American Café.”  Summoning all the false outrage he can muster, Renault struts into the Café amid a police raid and declares […]


Threats to the Grid: The Canary in the Coal Mine is Singing

The U.S. Electrical Grid has been basking in the warmth of false security for some time now, due in part to our geographic isolation from conflict zones in the Middle East and the former Soviet Union where critical infrastructure regularly comes under attack. Given very recent threat incidents abroad however, we believe our electrical grid may be in more peril than we realize, despite all the attention and funds applied in response to the 2013 […]


The Role of Oil and Gas in Russia’s State Economy

As Winston Churchill famously said of Russia, “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Indeed, the opaque nature of Vladimir Putin’s most recent aggression in Ukraine – Russian-speaking “insurgents” with balaclava’s and unmarked uniforms, mysterious pipeline explosions followed by near real-time Russian media coverage, and a script that echoes past Russian adventures in Georgia, 2008 – tempt some in the West to explain away Putin’s actions to a sheer desire to […]