Cybersecurity Issues

This page offers an easy way for policymakers to access cybersecurity research and analysis that is relevant to current Congressional agendas. For additional information, to request documents, or to arrange a briefing, contact the RAND Office of Congressional Relations at ocr@rand.org or (703) 413-1100 x5643.

Recent Findings

  • RAND Weekly Recap

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    Homelessness in L.A., Russia's Military Woes, Educator Morale: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on breaking the cycle of incarceration and homelessness, Russia’s ongoing military struggles, NATO expansion, and more.

    Aug 19, 2022

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    Securing U.S. Elections

    Election systems across U.S. states and jurisdictions are diverse in terms of governance and technology. How can state and local officials effectively assess and prioritize cybersecurity risk in the systems they oversee?

    Aug 16, 2022

  • RAND Weekly Recap

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    Politicized Topics in School, the War in Ukraine, Post-Quantum Cryptography: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on the intrusion of politicized topics in America's schools, where the war in Ukraine may be headed, post-quantum cryptography, and more.

    Aug 12, 2022

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    How Extremism Operates Online

    Extremist groups use internet-based tools for financing, networking and coordination, recruitment and radicalization, inter- and intra-group knowledge transfer, and mobilization to action. How do internet users engage with these efforts? And can the internet be leveraged to counter extremism?

    Apr 12, 2022

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    RAND Commentary Highlights of 2021

    Vaccine rollouts, an attack on the U.S. Capitol, massive ransomware attacks, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, record numbers of job openings and people quitting, and more. RAND researchers weighed in on all these topics and more.

    Dec 21, 2021

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Briefings

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    Approaches to Counter Russian Social Media Influence

    How can policymakers combat the threat of Russian social media influence? Elizabeth Bodine-Baron will discuss different approaches and policy options to respond to Russian influence via disinformation spread on social media in the United States. [Washington, D.C.]

    Mar 15, 2019

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    Protecting Consumer Data: Considerations for Congress

    Many of the laws that govern data privacy were developed before the widespread adoption of online communications and social media accounts. Should consumers be in charge of self-regulating what they share and how companies use it? Rebecca Balebako and John Davis will discuss policy opportunities for better protecting consumer data. [Washington, D.C.]

    Jun 8, 2018

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    Equifax and the Data-Breach Era: How Worried Should We Be?

    Large-scale data breaches have compromised the identifying information of millions of people. What can policymakers do to improve responses to such breaches, and how can the public protect information that has already been compromised? Lilian Ablon and Sina Beaghley answer these questions and more in a RAND Congressional Briefing.

    Oct 26, 2017

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    RAND Cybersecurity Workshop

    In this cybersecurity workshop, legislative staffers can learn how to calculate cyber risk; where to find appropriate information about threats, vulnerabilities, and impact; and better consider options for legislation and federal government response in cyberspace. [Washington, DC]

    Aug 17, 2016

  • Soledad O'Brien, Chuck Hagel, Michael Rich, and Michael Lynton at One Night with RAND, November 11, 2015

    What Is America's Role in the World?

    One Night with RAND brought together leaders in business, philanthropy, government, academia, and media for a discussion about the international strategic choices that will shape the U.S. role in the world for years to come.

    Nov 11, 2015

Alerts & Newsletters

RAND periodically sends alerts and newsletters to update Congress on highlights of recent work about cybersecurity.

  • In Case You Missed It: Approaches to Counter Russian Social Media Influence

    In this Congressional briefing, Elizabeth Bodine-Baron discusses different approaches and policy options to respond to the specific threat of Russian influence via disinformation spread on social media in the United States.

    Apr 1, 2019

  • A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka Jayhawk helicopter crew conducts vertical replenishment training with the crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Maple in Southeast Alaska's Western Channel

    Catch Up Quick: Homeland Security Issues for Congress

    Catch up on the homeland security issues facing Congress, including cybersecurity, the Coast Guard and United States border, and countering violent extremism.

    Aug 14, 2018

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    Protecting Consumer Data: Considerations for Congress

    What policy opportunities could Congress consider to better protect consumer data? Rebecca Balebako and John Davis discuss the benefits and risks of data sharing at both the personal and industry level.

    Jun 28, 2018

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    The Promises and Perils of Speed

    Across the world, there is a profound sense that life is speeding up, and the faster life gets, the more we have to adjust our norms to keep pace. This ramped-up pace and how we react to it have the potential to fundamentally rework how we interact, think, and create.

    May 4, 2018

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    In Case You Missed It: Data Thieves

    In 2017, there were more than one thousand data breaches exposing over a billion records of sensitive data. What's happening to stolen data and how is it being monetized? Lillian Ablon addresses these concerns.

    Mar 22, 2018

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    In Case You Missed It: Equifax and the Data-Breach Era

    There has been a recent string of large-scale data breaches that have compromised the private information of millions of customers. Lillian Ablon and Sina Beaghley briefed Congressional staff on how the government and breached companies can better protect victims.

    Nov 13, 2017

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    In Case You Missed It: Understanding Russian Hybrid Warfare

    Russia's use of covert actions to achieve its national security objectives without escalating to the level of traditional war is known as hybrid warfare. Addressing this threat will take time and effort, but there are strategies the U.S. can use to combat these hybrid operations.

    Mar 31, 2017

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    2016 Hill Highlights

    In 2016, RAND experts conducted briefings on Capitol Hill, provided testimonies before congressional committees, hosted workshops, and published reports on some of the nation's most pressing issues, including health care for veterans, autonomous vehicles, NATO military posture, and cyber policy.

    Dec 15, 2016

  • An ISIS militant waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa, Syria, June 29, 2014

    The Online Fight Against ISIS

    The battle against ISIS is taking place both on the ground and in cyberspace: To prevail, the United States and its allies will have to be capable of reacting quickly, while following an overarching strategy.

    May 10, 2016

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    Ransomware Hackers Are Coming for Your Health Records

    Cybercriminals may be preying on hospitals because cyber protection measures likely have not kept pace with electronic data collection and because hospitals typically do not have backup systems and databases in place. These kind of attacks can strain health care systems and potentially put patients' lives at risk.

    Apr 27, 2016

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    Cybersecurity Awareness Month: The Latest RAND Research

    RAND's research on cybersecurity covers national security, cyberdeterrence, cybercrime centers, information sharing, cyber insurance, and cloud computing. Experts are available to discuss their work, as well as related policy proposals.

    Oct 16, 2015


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