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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. csmpasscode.com. 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?

E-mail.

What's your favorite social network?

Twitter for news, Facebook for sharing.

DARPA’s plan for US military superiority in cyberspace

csmonitor.com — It may never be totally impenetrable online, but DARPA chief Arati Prabhakar says the US can gain a strong advantage over other countries. The US military will never be completely hack proof, admits the director of the Pentagon 's futuristic research arm.

The race to build the Silicon Valley of cybersecurity (+video)

csmonitor.com — This is an excerpt of an article published in full on Passcode's long-form storytelling platform. Click to read the full story. Dozens of businessmen filed off luxury tour buses, huddling around the Army colonel who commands the sprawling Fort George G. Meade, Md., base that's home to the National Security Agency and the US military's cyberwarfare command.

The race to build the Silicon Valley of cybersecurity

csmonitor.com — Cities and regions around the US are competing to draw business and brainpower in a market projected to top $160 billion by 2020. This is an excerpt of an article published in full on Passcode's long-form storytelling platform. Click to read the full story.

Influencers: Stronger encryption on consumer devices won't hurt national security (+video)

csmonitor.com — The vast majority of Passcode Influencers oppose weakening encryption so that law enforcement could have easier access to personal data. In fact, many say that stronger privacy protections will ultimately improve national security. Three-quarters of Passcode's Influencers disagree with FBI Director James Comey, insisting stronger encryption on consumer devices would not hinder law enforcement and intelligence agencies so much that it would harm national security.

Influencers: Stronger encryption on consumer devices won't hurt national security

csmonitor.com — The vast majority of Passcode Influencers oppose weakening encryption so that law enforcement could have easier access to personal data. In fact, many say that stronger privacy protections will ultimately improve national security. Three-quarters of Passcode's Influencers disagree with FBI Director James Comey, insisting stronger encryption on consumer devices would not hinder law enforcement and intelligence agencies so much that it would harm national security.

Stronger encryption on consumer devices won't hurt national security

passcode.csmonitor.com — 3/4 of Passcode Influencers disagree with FBI Dir. Comey, insisting stronger encryption on consumer devices wouldn't hurt national security. passcode.csmonitor.com/influencers-encryption

Justice Dept. vows to strike harder against hackers, nations behind cyberattacks

csmonitor.com — John Carlin, chief of the Justice Department's National Security Division, says the US needs to raise the stakes for cyberattacks on the US: If the cost of stealing information from American companies results in swift criminal action or sanctions, hackers may eventually decide it's not worth it.

The former spy who infiltrated Congress’s cyber policy debate

csmonitor.com — Rep. Will Hurd of Texas brings to Washington rare hands-on expertise from the front lines of American spycraft and information security. Now, as cybersecurity issues heat up, Hurd wants to be a liaison between the intelligence community, tech sector, and lawmakers. He was an undercover CIA officer in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

How the Pentagon plans to replace the password

csmonitor.com — The password is one of the weakest forms of security. DARPA, the Pentagon's research arm, wants to solve this problem by turning people and their behavior into passwords through its Active Authentication program. No matter how strong it is, the password is one of the weakest forms of security.

Influencers: Obama's info-sharing plan won't significantly reduce security breaches

csmonitor.com — Even if it passes Congress, 87 percent of Passcode's Influencers say President Obama's push for more information sharing between the government and the private sector will not significantly reduce security breaches. In the wake of several high-profile cyberattacks, President Obama pushed a plan to increase the exchange of information about threats between the private sector and the government.
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Mar 28, 2015

RT @astepanovich: Whoever thought I'd be on a list with @KevinBankston and @heatherwest as well as Keith Alexander and Michael Hayden? passcode.csmonitor.com/influencers

Mar 27, 2015

RT @carterkr: Congratulations to @CloudFlare's @HeatherWest on being selected as a Passcode Influencer: passcode.csmonitor.com/influencers

Mar 27, 2015

RT @csmonitor: The public is beginning to stand up against Internet trolls, bullies, and tormentors: trib.al/KvTtqFZ @CSMPasscode @EvanSelinger

Mar 27, 2015

RT @EvanSelinger: . @daniellecitron is the premier scholar & activist combating online harassment. My interview w/ her is @CSMPasscode. htt…

Mar 26, 2015

RT @RebeccaShabad: Seriously, everyone please follow my colleague @jordainc who has been KILLING IT on @thehill's floor blog during today's #VoteARama

Mar 26, 2015

RT @JackSmithIV: If you thought "Silicon Alley" was dumb, you've never heard of Silicon Anchor, Silicon Snowfield, or Silicon Shire... pic.twitter.com/I1qZo8TDwe

Mar 26, 2015

Additionally now thx to @JackSmithIV I know there’s actually a "Silicon Swamp” in FL. observer.com/2015/03/washin



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