NATO Conducts Seventh Annual Cyber Coalition Exercise

From November 18 to November 20, NATO conducted its seventh annual Cyber Coalition Exercise, NATO reported. According to NATO, the three day exercise, dubbed “Cyber Coalition 2014”, was designed to test the “Alliance’s ability to defend its networks” from the myriad of threats that exist in the cyber domain. Additionally, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Enhanced Security Challenges Ambassador Sorin Ducaru highlighted the importance of ensuring that NATO’s cyber specialists “keeps pace with the evolving threat.”

During the Wales Summit that was held in September, NATO adopted a new policy making cyber defense a part of its core tasks. Although the new policy prioritizes NATO’s communications and information systems (“CIS”), according to NATO its operations require reliable and secure supporting national infrastructure. Accordingly, the new policy aims to increase cooperation between NATO, national authorities, international organizations and private industry. Additionally, NATO announced plans to improve its cyber defense through continued “cyber defense education, training, exercises and evaluation.”

Cyber Coalition 2014, NATO’s largest multinational cyber defense exercise, consisted of over 670 technical, government and cyber experts from over 30 countries, including all member nations and several non-member nations, NATO reported. Additionally, NATO revealed that representatives from academia and industry were present as observers. This marks the first time NATO has invited these representatives, and is in line with NATO’s recent initiative outlined during the Wales Summit. NATO further stated that industry plays a key role in cyberspace, and plans to foster its relationship with the private sector.

“The cyber threat is not just a potential threat, it is a daily reality,” Ambassador Ducaru said.  Cyber Coalition 2014 is most certainly a part of NATO’s initiative to develop its ability to tackle these threats.

 

 

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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.

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a second year student at SU College of Law. Christopher is a non-traditional student, returning 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 and in addition to being a full-time student, 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

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a second 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

Anna Maria Castillo

is a third year law student at Syracuse College of Law. She is also pursuing a Master of Arts in International Relations at 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 currently serves as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a third year student at Syracuse College of Law. 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 is a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was recently 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 has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and as an extern in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Full biography

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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