ARTICLES & RESEARCH

As a Correspondent at The Security Ledger, Jack writes pieces and interviews experts on topics including cybersecurity, Chinese cyber capabilities, technology policy, and business trends in security. A majority of his work includes reporting on research in the cybersecurity space, how businesses adapt to the ever-changing landscape of information security, covering judicial and legislative developments in tech, and most recently the changing role of China in geopolitics and international security.

Jack's research expands beyond editorial and journalistic work, having contributed to publications and online tools both at academic organizations and research institutions. While his formal training is in political science, he is quick to engage with new subject areas.

09.2020

As Election Day Nears, Kremlin Leans on Hackers-for-Hire

The DOJ indicted a Russian national for his role in “Project Lakhta,” a campaign to undermine the U.S. election…and mine some cryptocurrency along the way. It is the latest evidence of Russia’s willingness to use cyber criminals to conduct state-sponsored espionage.

08.2020

Report: China Rides Cyber Attacks to Superpower Status

The US economy hasn’t simply allowed tech giants to ignore the social harms of their platforms; it has incentivized it. In his new book, Terms of Disservice, Dipayan Ghosh says regulation may be the only solution.

08.2020

China Attacks Surge as Cyber Criminals Capitalize on COVID-19

COVID-19 created a perfect storm for cybercriminals and nation-state hackers, and those adversaries aren’t missing the opportunity to act, according to research released Tuesday from VMware Carbon Black. Cybercriminals are catching firms off guard during the COVID-19 crisis as normal business operations are turned on their heads and there is evidence that cyber criminals are developing sophisticated tactics to counter traditional “incident response” (IR) practices. The survey finds a surge in attacks on financial services and healthcare firms, with many linked back to China.

07.2020

Book argues for New Laws to break Social Media Monopolies

The US economy hasn’t simply allowed tech giants to ignore the social harms of their platforms; it has incentivized it. In his new book, Terms of Disservice, Dipayan Ghosh says regulation may be the only solution.

05.2020

Firms are embracing Open Source. Securing it? Not so much.

The good news: open source software is nearly universal. The bad news: half of source code repositories contain high-risk vulnerabilities, according to a new report released by the firm Synopsys.

09.2019

Resources for the Future: Candidate Tracker

The RFF Candidate Tracker was developed to compare and contrast the positions of the 2020 presidential candidates from both major political parties on a range of climate- and energy-related topics.

7.2019

An Endangered Republican Incumbent Survives in the Suburbs

A party on the wrong side of the momentum in a nationalized election will see a number of incumbents defeated who never appeared vulnerable, while a few vulnerable incumbents will withstand the tide. The general election campaign followed a common pattern for suburban districts in 2018: Democrats wanted to make President Donald J. Trump the focus of the race, while the Republicans tried to avoid any mention of the president.

02.2019

Waiting for Federal Data Privacy Reform? Don’t Hold Your Breath.

Despite a litany of high-profile data breaches, federal action on data privacy is unlikely to go anywhere in 2019 as partisanship and lack of technology literacy complicate Congressional action.