Entries by CHHS Research Assistants & Externs

Ransomware Remains a Top Global Economic Threat

By CHHS Extern Barbara Key In the 2023 National Cybersecurity Strategy, the White House stated, “Together with our allies and partners, the U.S. will disrupt and dismantle threat actors by addressing the ransomware threat through a comprehensive Federal approach, in step with our international partners.”  To that end, a recent Joint Advisory by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security […]

Could Canadian Wildfire Smoke on the East Coast Spark More Legislation to Combat Climate Change?

By CHHS Extern Daniela Eppler This summer, the East Coast has experienced two periods of heavy smoke originating from wildfires in the Quebec region of Canada. The smoke has swept across large cities like Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia, leading to dangerously poor air quality throughout the United States. The impact of the smoke […]

Should The U.S. Ban TikTok? Shifting Implications In Today’s Quest For National Security And Digital Privacy.

By CHHS Extern Peter Scheffel National security and privacy concerns have grown with the advent of the internet and the subsequent shift to online-embedded life. Today, a functioning member of society enjoys arguably all of life’s necessary societal connections in a format digitally connected through hundreds of miles of fiber-optic cable and continent-spanning servers. To […]


By CHHS Extern Peter Scheffel The healthcare industry is facing a dismal outlook in terms of cybersecurity in 2023 and beyond. A new report from Proofpoint and Cybersecurity at MIT showed that cybersecurity remains much lower on the priority list of healthcare boards versus other sectors. According to the report: 61% of healthcare boardrooms talk […]

Drowning Out a Call to Action: Harmonizing Cybersecurity Regulations in the Wake of the National Cybersecurity Strategy

By CHHS Extern Kimberly Gainey The oft discussed and much anticipated National Cybersecurity Strategy addresses cybersecurity regulatory harmonization with two paragraphs entitled “Harmonize and Streamline New and Existing Regulation.” The Strategy instructs regulators, when feasible, “to harmonize not only regulations and rules, but also assessments and audits of regulated entities.” However, it diverges from a […]

Norfolk Southern Train Derailment: Where Inaction in Crisis Created Further Crisis

By CHHS Extern Rebecca Wells On February 3, 2023 thirty-eight cars of a Norfolk Southern train went off track in East Palestine, Ohio, at least ten of which contained hazardous and combustible liquids, creating concern over the potential for health and environmental crises. These chemicals included the colorless and flammable butyl acrylate and vinyl chloride, […]

The Thwarted Baltimore Grid Attack is a Wake-Up Call on U.S. Grid Cybersecurity

By CHHS Extern Peter Scheffel On Monday, February 6, 2023, two individuals were arrested by the FBI on criminal complaints of conspiracy to destroy an energy facility in connection with a plot to attack multiple substations in the Baltimore area. While this physical attack (the individuals intended to shoot the targeted substations) was thwarted, it […]

What the FAA Ground Stoppage Reveals about Cybersecurity

By CHHS Extern Kimberly Gainey The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) garnered significant negative attention last month after an overnight outage of its Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system grounded early morning domestic flight departures for approximately 90 minutes on Wednesday January 11, 2023. This nearly unprecedented nationwide stop in air traffic, the first in over […]

Concerns over Digital Surveillance Surge in the Wake of Overturning Roe v. Wade

By CHHS Extern Quinn Conlan  Photo Credit: Getty Images  Since the landmark decision Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was released on June 24, 2022, everyone, from Congress to the FTC to the White House, is talking about data privacy and digital surveillance. Reproductive health and wellness apps track a person’s menstruation cycle and ovulation […]