Whether it’s ISIS or the masterminds behind big data breeches, our enemies are both “agile” and “adaptable,” says Suzanne Spaulding, a former Undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). However, according to Spaulding, both DHS and Congress are taking important steps to counter these threats. In a talk with Frederic Lemieux, Ph.D., Faculty Director for the Georgetown master’s program in Applied Intelligence, Spaulding says that ISIS—while having lost much territory on the battlefield— “has absolutely not been defeated.” Likewise, as troubling as the data breaches were in 2017, we can “expect more and, frankly, worse” this year. On a positive note, she said Congress is planning to elevate DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, which she headed, to the agency level, giving it more prominence and visibility.
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