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Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a res…

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited g
Latest Episode4/12/2021

SolarWinds and Cozy Bears: How Russian Hackers Compromised the U.S. Government and How We Can Reduce the Chances of It Happening Again

Described as the ‘largest and most sophisticated attack ever,’ the hacking of SolarWinds Inc. shocked the cybersecurity world and led to a massive compromise of networks owned by the U.S. government and Fortune 500 companies.After breaching SolarWinds, a top tier technology company, the hackers used their access to infiltrate its many clients. The list of exposedorganizations included the Department of Defense, Department of the Treasury, Department of Justice, and many others. The most likely culprit is a hacking organization affiliated with the Russian military, often referred to as “Cozy Bear.”The full extent of the breach remains unknown, but the hackers operated in the networks for months before being detected. The amount of sensitive information stolen is likely massive.To protect the American people, it is critical that we understand this hack and what the Russian government hopes to get out of it. The United States must know how to confront this threat going forward, as it is only a matter of time before Cozy Bear, or another group like it, strikes again.As the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf brings a unique view to this topic based on his direct experience. Scott Jasper is an expert in Russian cyber operations. Together they will provide a great window into the hack and why it should matter to everyone.
4/12/2021

SolarWinds and Cozy Bears: How Russian Hackers Compromised the U.S. Government and How We Can Reduce the Chances of It Happening Again

Described as the ‘largest and most sophisticated attack ever,’ the hacking of SolarWinds Inc. shocked the cybersecurity world and led to a massive compromise of networks owned by the U.S. government and Fortune 500 companies.After breaching SolarWinds, a top tier technology company, the hackers used their access to infiltrate its many clients. The list of exposedorganizations included the Department of Defense, Department of the Treasury, Department of Justice, and many others. The most likely culprit is a hacking organization affiliated with the Russian military, often referred to as “Cozy Bear.”The full extent of the breach remains unknown, but the hackers operated in the networks for months before being detected. The amount of sensitive information stolen is likely massive.To protect the American people, it is critical that we understand this hack and what the Russian government hopes to get out of it. The United States must know how to confront this threat going forward, as it is only a matter of time before Cozy Bear, or another group like it, strikes again.As the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf brings a unique view to this topic based on his direct experience. Scott Jasper is an expert in Russian cyber operations. Together they will provide a great window into the hack and why it should matter to everyone.
4/7/2021

Democratic Socialism: A Warning from Venezuela

With the idea of "Democratic Socialism" becoming increasingly popular, many people question if young Americans will choose government control or individual freedom. Unfortunately, Socialism and its command-and-control economics have led many countries into a cycle of poverty and repression.Jorge Andrés Galicia Rodríguez and Andrés Guilarte are two university students who lived in Venezuela under a democratically elected socialist regime, massive blackouts, and political persecution. The increase of government social programs, the nationalization of the country's oil industry, and corruption at the highest levels of government all contributed to a once prosperous nation's economic collapse. Throughout its history, as Dr. Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow of Conservative Thought writes, Socialism has supported the belief that the system can make better decisions for the people than they can for themselves.Join us as Galicia Rodriguez and Guilarte speak with leading historian Dr. Lee Edwards to discuss the effects of Socialism, lessons learned, and the importance of choosing freedom over government control.Lee Edwards, a distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation, is a leading historian of American conservatism and the author or editor of 25 books. Edwards also is an adjunct professor of politics at the Catholic University of America and chairman of a foundation that dedicated the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 2007.