Cyber Round Up: Cyber Attack Simulations Promote Cybersecurity; Former NSA Official Views Recent White House Cyber Breach as Sign of Future Attacks; Chinese Officials Push for Tougher Enforcement of Cyber Governance; Navy’s Task Force Cyber Awakening; China Linked to Cyber Attacks on Hong Kong Protestors

  • The new strategy to bulk up cyber security: cyber attack simulations.  SCMagazine reports that cyber attack simulations can help organizations and industries stay, if not a step ahead, then on top of cyber threats and build a resilience.  Read the full article here.
  • Joel Brenner, the former Inspector General for the National Security Agency (NSA), warned that cyber attacks targeting networks and systems of government facilities will increase in the future, Design&Trend reported.  According to the report, for the former NSA official, the recent cyber attacks against the White House’s network should serve as a wake-up call highlighting the flaws of government networks.
  • The Obama administration has published a recent federal document that sets up a new framework for cyber threat information sharing, reports The Hill.  According to The Hill, the document is part of a larger effort to create voluntary cybersecurity standards for government industry.  However, the article goes on to explain that for the recommendations to have full effect, legislation is needed, which will be difficult in the lame-duck session after the elections.  The article discusses two additional concerns: businesses are concerned about whether they will be protected from liability when sharing information with the government, and privacy advocates are wary of what personal data industries might share with the government.  For the full article, click here.
  • GlobalPost reports that Chinese Officials are pushing for tighter enforcement of law in cyberspace.  The report quotes Ren Xianliang, deputy director of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country’s top Internet watchdog, who said that officials in charge of Internet supervision should learn from past experiences and try to explore new ways to manage the virtual world.
  • The Navy is embarking on a year-long effort to protect hardware and software servicewide, and calling the mission “Task Force Cyber Awakening,” reports The D Brief.  “Task Force Cyber Awakening” will draw from U.S. Cyber Command Commander Adm. Michael Rogers’ reaction strategy to a major Navy computer system hack last year.  For the full article, click here.
  • According to TIME, a new report links China to Cyberattacks on Hong Kong protestors.  Supporters of the pro-democracy movement, known as Occupy Central, have been the target of recent attacks that cybersecurity watchdogs believe are also the work of the Chinese government.  The findings of cybersecurity forensics firm FireEye suggest that there may be a “common quartermaster” behind the two attacks, further supporting a running theory that Chinese officials are breaching Hong Kong’s networks to suppress or spy on the ongoing political uprising there, reports TIME.
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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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