Cyber Round Up: Researchers Aimed at Plugging Cybersecurity Holes in UK’s Power Stations; France’s New Cybersecurity Law; China’s Cyberwar on Hong Kong Protestors; Rising Cyber Threats in Software Used in Nuclear Power Plants; Japan Launches Cybersecurity Talks

  • ZDNET reports that a team of experts will be looking at how to plug security holes in the vital systems that run the UK’s power stations, rail networks and manufacturing plants.  According to the report, the researchers aim to improve operational decision making and lay the groundwork for a new, cyber-threat-resilient control architecture for the grid.
  • Bloomberg reports on France’s new cybersecurity law, which will require that the 200 entities most vital to the country’s economy boost security using home-grown technology and experts, or risk being fined.  Read more about the new law and other initiatives by France to promote cybersecurity in the Bloomberg article here.
  • According to VoiceofAmerica News, China has turned to cyber attacks on Hong Kong protestors.  According to the report, days after demonstrators in Hong Kong began filling the streets, a Chinese-authored spyware bug specifically designed and targeted to infect protestor’s iPhones and iPads was discovered by a mobile digital security firm.  Read the full story here. Additionally, VoiceofAmerica News also reported China as the leader in cyber warfare against American industry, read the full report here.
  • Indicators depict that the use of Software Intensive Systems in nuclear power plants is rapidly increasing, and with that, potential threats to centrifuges, personal data and controls, according to a report by PowerEngineeringThe article discusses emerging issues with software growth and cyber attacks in the nuclear industry, and offers possible solutions.
  • GlobalPost reports that in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan plans to launch bilateral cybersecurity  talks with France, Australia, Israel and Estonia.  The article also notes that bolstering cooperation with the countries is also seen as a signal to China that Japan will expand cooperation with countries that “respect basic human rights and the rule of law in view of ensuring free distribution of information.”
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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

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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