Cyber Round Up: U.S.-China IP Theft Agreement, Clapper Skeptical of U.S.-China Cyber Agreement, U.S. Agencies Still have Weak Cybersecurity — GAO

  • U.S.-China Sign IP Theft Agreement (  The director of the U.S. National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (“IPR Center”) and the director general of China’s General Administration of China Customs (“GACC”) signed an intellectual property rights addendum to a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) that was signed by the two nations in 2011, according to an ICE press releaseAccording to the report, the original MOU sought to protect the economic, fiscal and commercial interests of both nations through enhanced collaboration on the enforcement of customs law.  The addendum seeks greater collaboration between the U.S. and China in information sharing, monitoring illicit importation, exportation, or trafficking of counterfeit trademarked merchandise.  The press release did not specifically mention cyber related IP theft.  The full press release can be found here.
  • Director Clapper Skeptical of U.S.-China Cyber Agreement (Reuters):  Director of National Intelligence Clapper admitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee (the “Committee”) that the cyber agreement between the U.S. and China is a “good first step” but its effectiveness is not really clear at this point, reports ReutersAccording to the article, Director Clapper told the Committee that the agreement did not specifically include any form of penalties for violations, but also indicated that the U.S. has other tools that can be used to penalize violations such as economic sanctions.  The full article can be found here.
  • GAO Report Exposes U.S. Agencies’ Weak Cybersecurity (  A report from the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) exposes the weaknesses of federal government agencies’ cybersecurity, according to GovinfosecurityAccording to the article, hundreds of recommendations made by inspectors general remain unimplemented.  As a result of weak cybersecurity policies, the information and systems are at “high risk of unauthorized access, use, disclosure modification and disruption” explained the GAO’s information security issues director, reported Govinfosecurity.  The full article can be found 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.

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