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The Importance of Trust on Social Media

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  • Rachael Bryson
| Nov 27, 2017

The Argument for Security Convergence

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  • Rachael Bryson
  • Satyamoorthy Kabilan
| Nov 20, 2017
Organizations are facing an evolving security landscape where the lines between cyber and physical security are becoming increasingly blurred. Hacking, ransomware, and phishing are all low cost, high payoff activities that are difficult to prosecute. But cyber attacks can also have real physical security impacts.

Hurricane Harvey: Emerging Insights for Emergency Management

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  • Satyamoorthy Kabilan
| Aug 30, 2017
The impact of Hurricane Harvey on Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, illustrates the impact a disaster of this magnitude can have on a major urban center. There will certainly be a range of lessons for emergency management and disaster response that will emerge from this event in the months to follow. But a couple of key insights that have already emerged are worth highlighting.

The Growing Threat of Fake News

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  • Satyamoorthy Kabilan
| Aug 14, 2017
The 2016 U.S. presidential election brought the phenomenon of fake news into the spotlight. A combination of misinformation (false or incorrect information that is spread intentionally or unintentionally without realizing it is untrue) and disinformation (intentionally false or misleading information that is spread in a calculated way to deceive target audiences) about the candidates was rapidly spread online, particularly through social media networks.

Should We Broaden Canada’s Priorities Around Terrorism?

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  • Satyamoorthy Kabilan
| Feb 06, 2017
The attack on a mosque in Québec City on January 29 demonstrated once again that Canada is not immune to the threat of violent extremism. There are also indications in the media that the suspect who has been charged with the attack may have far-right views, which he expressed on social media.

Smart Cities: The Next Great Cyber Security Risk?

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  • Satyamoorthy Kabilan
| Dec 21, 2016
From major data breaches and phishing to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and ransomware, cyber security issues have continued to hit the headlines on a regular basis in 2016. The pace of adoption of new, networked technologies is increasing, potentially creating a whole host of new vulnerabilities.

Are We Still Suffering From A Failure of Imagination?

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  • Satyamoorthy Kabilan
| Sep 09, 2016
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001 attacks, questions were raised about how such an incident could be perpetrated on American soil. The 9/11 Commission Report delved into the issue and produced a range of findings and recommendations. One particular statement in the Commission’s report has resonated with many and continues to provoke debate and discussion: “The most important failure was one of imagination.”

Fear and Trembling: The Mental Barriers That Keep Us From Planning for the Truly Catastrophic

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  • Micah Clark
| Jul 05, 2016
Maybe it’s just the crowd I run in, but I’ve never come across an article that so many people have been planning to read as “The Really Big One,” a Pulitzer-prize winning piece that narrates the discovery and catastrophic consequences of the Cascadia Fault Line, an 1,100-kilometre-long tectonic fault that scientists agree is due to unleash a cataclysmic earthquake on the American and Canadian Pacific Northwest.

Istanbul Attacks: The Challenge of Coordinated Terrorist Actions

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  • Satyamoorthy Kabilan
| Jun 30, 2016
Details are continuing to emerge around a terrorist attack at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. There seems to be consensus within the media that this was a coordinated attack, involving multiple attackers with firearms and bombs, representing a shift in what extremist groups like Daesh are now capable of achieving.

The State of Information and Intelligence Sharing in Canada

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  • Ruben Vroegop
| Jun 21, 2016
Thirty-one years after the Air India Flight 182 disaster, which still ranks as the worst terrorist attack in Canadian history, the effective sharing of information and intelligence remains vital to our national security.

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