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Washington, D.C.
Deputy Editor, Passcode — Christian Science Monitor
Covers:  national security, foreign policy, foreign aid, war, congress, drones, counterterrorism, intelligence, cybersecurity, defense industry, export control

Deputy editor of @CSMPasscode, covering security & privacy in the digital age. Former National Journal nat'l security correspondent

Sara Sorcher's Biography

Sara Sorcher is the deputy editor of a forthcoming cybersecurity and technology section at the Christian Science Monitor. Previously, she was National Journal's national security correspondent. Her work at the magazine from 2013 won the National Press Club's Michael Dornheim award. Before joining the newsroom in September 2010, Sorcher worked as a freelance journalist in Israel. Her print and video packages have been featured with major outlets including ...

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National Press Club Award

2014 - Michael A. Dornheim award for defense reporting
From the judges: “Sara’s work explored defense procurement, civil applications of unmanned aerial vehicles, federal budgeting and congressional oversight. Sara combine dogged reporting and deft writing to produce stories that explained the sweeping political and economic forces affecting defense and aerospace – but also with an eye for the perfect illustrative detail.”

What was your first job as a journalist?

During college, I was an intern with ABC News 20/20 & Primetime in NYC.

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?


What's your favorite social network?

Twitter for news, Facebook for sharing.

After Paris attacks, lawmakers seek greater access to encrypted data — Even though it's unclear whether Islamic State attackers relied on encrypted communications to plot the Paris attacks, many US lawmakers want law enforcement officials to be able to more easily access secure messages happening via commonly used smartphones and apps. "In the last 10 days, we've had almost 500 people killed as a direct result of terrorism.
Nov 17, 2015

.@RonWyden wants to avoid 'knee-jerk' response on #encryption post #ParisAttacks that could harm everyone's security…

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Pentagon's top IT official: My money buys Silicon Valley's trust — "I spend $36.8 billion a year. That buys a lot of potential trust," said Terry Halvorsen, chief information officer for the Department of Defense, at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor on Thursday. Money talks.
Oct 29, 2015

"I spend $36.8B a year. That buys a lot of potential trust," said Terry Halvorsen…

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Podcast: A 'cyber party' with John McAfee and the White House cybersecurity czar — For October's National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, The Cybersecurity Podcast team is bringing you an hour-long special episode. How optimistic is the White House that the recent deal between the US and China banning economic espionage will hold? Are sanctions the next step?
Oct 22, 2015

RT @CSMPasscode: Latest episode of the Cybersecurity Podcast feat @officialmcafee on presidential run & the @WhiteHouse cyber czar https:/…

John McAfee: Antivirus legend, ex-fugitive, and most colorful 2016 presidential candidate — An interview with the software pioneer - and eccentric millionaire - who started his own political party: The Cyber Party. John McAfee is the most colorful presidential candidate that you will likely never see on the national debate stage. The software pioneer made his name through McAfee Associates, which became the first commercial seller of antivirus software in the 1980s.
Oct 22, 2015

John McAfee is the most colorful presidential candidate that you will likely never see on the national debate stage…

Oct 22, 2015

RT @CSMPasscode: .@officialmcafee: Antivirus legend, ex-fugitive & most colorful 2016 presidential candidate… https:…

Oct 22, 2015

John McAfee: Antivirus legend, ex-fugitive, and most colorful 2016 presidential candidate…

On Back to the Future Day, ideas to secure burgeoning Internet of Things — It was tough to predict in the 1980s we'd have an entire ecosystem of Internet-connected devices by 2015 - along with a slew of security weaknesses. Looking ahead to the future of the Internet of Things, policymakers and the tech industry must now find ways to protect consumers' security and privacy.

Podcast: Congressman Hurd on why it's 'outrageous' OPM never apologized — Cybersecurity pro and undercover CIA officer-turned-Republican Rep. Will Hurd, and Chris Valasek of recent car-hacking fame, join New America's Peter Singer and Passcode's Sara Sorcher on The Cybersecurity Podcast. Rep. Will Hurd (R) of Texas felt the sting of the Office of Personnel Management breach first hand.

NSA chief admits risk in decrypting smartphone data — Adm. Mike Rogers has long posited that strong encryption on consumer devices hampers law enforcement and intelligence work. But on Thursday he acknowledged the possible security downside of one proposed way for the government to decrypt data on consumer devices. National Security Agency Director Adm.
Sep 25, 2015

NSA chief Rogers acknowledges creating multiple keys in encryption could open door for malicious or foreign hackers…

Sep 26, 2015

RT @SaraSorcher: NSA chief Rogers acknowledges creating multiple keys in encryption could open door for malicious or foreign hackers…

Report: The $120 trillion gap between a safe and insecure future Internet — The economic difference between the best and worst forecasts of the Internet could be as high as $120 trillion over the next 15 years, according to a new report from the Atlantic Council think-tank and Zurich Insurance. Will the future Internet be a utopia where cybersecurity is considered a human right - or so plagued by cybercrime that security becomes a luxury good?
Sep 10, 2015

Economic difference b/t best & worst forecasts of future Internet could be $120T by 2030…

Sep 10, 2015

Will future Internet be paradise or dystopia? New report: Difference could cost world $120T…

Oct 15, 2015

RT @CSMPasscode: Livestream issues for #ACCyber got you down? Take a gander at @SaraSorcher's article while you wait…

US government not invited to Facebook’s ThreatExchange party — Turns out, many in the private sector are actually on board with the idea of information sharing - just not, necessarily, with the government. Facebook announced Thursday that more than 90 companies have joined its online community ThreatExchange to trade information about threats facing their networks
Aug 21, 2015

US government not invited to Facebook’s ThreatExchange party

Aug 21, 2015

RT @WeldPond: While Govt debates threat sharing, industry groups get it done without Govt.…

US government not invited to Facebook’s ThreatExchange party — For months, senior Obama administration officials have been on a charm offensive to convince business leaders and security professionals to share more information about the cyberthreats with the government, trying to convince often-skeptical audiences at major industry conferences this year in San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Aug 20, 2015

US govt, despite pushing for info-sharing, not invited to @Facebook’s ThreatExchange party…

Aug 20, 2015

RT @peterwsinger: InfoNotSharing: US government not invited to Facebook’s ThreatExchange Party by podcast partner @SaraSorcher…

Aug 21, 2015

CSO of Palo Alto Networks on threat sharing: “Private companies can do this on our own. We don’t need...the gov't."

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Nov 22, 2015

RT @astepanovich: Me in @CSMPasscode: "If we want to protect people, we should be supporting the deployment and use of encryption."…

Nov 21, 2015

RT @CSMPasscode: .@alexstamos: "Facebook does not offer a secret back channel to the #NSA or any other government agency"…

Nov 20, 2015

RT @JosephTheriault: It's time to rave: subscribe to the @CSMPasscode newsletter for technology security news and views. I let them into my inbox; no regrets!

Nov 20, 2015

RT @CSMPasscode: Should tech companies give law enforcement a solution to decrypt communications to pursue terrorists?

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