Cyber Round Up: Army Possible Cyber Branch; NATO Recognizes Military Response to Cyber Attack; Pay Scale for Federal Cyber Pros; Removing Limits to Cyber Education; Grassley Comments at National Cyber Seminar; Home Depot Cyber Breach; Senator Feinstein’s Cyber Security Bill

The Army News Service released a report on Wednesday that the army activated a Cyber Protection Brigade, the first of its kind in the Army, and a discussion of a new cyber branch is in the works.
• Should the feds create a job category and salary scale for government cybersecurity workers — or is the profession too mercurial to assign pay grades? NextGov reports on the potential pros and cons of a pay scale for federal cyber professionals.
• Conventional warfare vs. cyberwar policy. Cyber offense police vs. cyber defense. Vertical-technical approaches to cyber studies vs. horizontal-strategic approaches. W. Hord Tipton, writing for Information Week Government, would urge us to remove the limits to one approach vs. another and instead look to broadening cyber education to produce a well-rounded cyber workforce. Read his commentary here.
Reuters reports that NATO leaders marked an expansion of the organization’s original interpretation of an attack when they agreed on Friday that a large-scale cyber attach on a member country could be considered an attack on the entire U.S.-led alliance.
Politicalnews.me has published the statement of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa at the National Cyber Security Alliance Seminar, here. In his statement, Senator Grassley discusses some of the areas of Cyber Security that the U.S. Senate have been focused on, including in particular the federal government’s partnerships with private business to protect critical infrastructure.
• Could the Home Depot credit card breach prove to be larger than the Target breach? Forbes reports on similar breaches in this comparison story, here.
• According to CBS Local, Senator Dianne Feinstein is urging Silicon Valley leaders to call their congressional representatives to express their support for her cyber-security bill which provides legal authority for companies to share cyber-related information with the government.  Read the story here.

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

is 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography

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