Author Archives: Lindsay Kishter

Lindsay Kishter

An Oct. 21 attack on one of the largest domain name system services, Dyn, made headlines for knocking out major websites like Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, and major blogs and news sites. Aside from its wide reach, the attack was notable for another reason: it used a botnet built not only

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Lindsay Kishter

The energy sector today became the first to release sector-specific guidance for its owners and operators to implement the Cybersecurity Framework developed last year by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In 2014, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework laid out a voluntary process for any company in any industry

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Lindsay Kishter

Live-action active shooter drills are unparalleled training tools for emergency responders to work through the stress of an incident in real time and identify obstacles. Live drills can also be highly effective in preparing companies and employees—if they’re not too overcome by fear to know they are being trained. That’s

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Lindsay Kishter

Today could be our cyber September 10. This idea stood out among the insights in the 10-year update of the 9/11 Commission Report released last week. In terms of cyber preparedness, the bi-partisan commission finds the American public remains “largely unaware of the magnitude of the cyber threat” and unimaginative

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Lindsay Kishter

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed rules to curb carbon emissions from the nation’s biggest CO2 emitters: existing coal-fired power plants that emit nearly a third of U.S. greenhouse gases today. It’s a big deal for energy—aside from placing the first carbon limits on existing power

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Write Short. Be Heard.
Lindsay KishterApril 29, 2014

The internet did a funny thing: it gave us unlimited space to communicate ideas, while flooding us so full of information that we barely read. Information now travels through headlines and tweets, where length is measured in characters, rather than words. The editing rules I learned in journalism school were

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Your Data WILL Be Stolen. Now What?
Lindsay KishterFebruary 27, 2014

Last Thursday, my colleague Beth Ward sent me a chat. “Did you see the news that UMD was a victim of a cyber attack?” she asked—we’re both University of Maryland grads. UMD had just announced that hackers had breached their databases and stolen personal information on students dating back to

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Lindsay Kishter

My fellow jurors and I had been deliberating for only five minutes when it hit me: we needed a facilitator. After a day and a half of hearing testimony—and express instruction to not utter a word about the case to anyone—we were bursting. We had a clear job: delivering a

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Lindsay Kishter

One of the most challenging aspects of disaster resilience is anticipating how a service disruption in one sector will cascade into other critical sectors. First-order impacts—where a failure in one sector disrupts operations in another—can seem fairly intuitive. An electricity outage that disrupts traffic lights and impedes transportation can easily

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Lindsay Kishter

On November 21, the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) released its long-awaited report on strengthening regional resilience. The study responds to growing concerns about the ability of regions to be resilient in the face of disasters, which have become more complex, larger in scale, and wider in impact. In particular,

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