Cyber Round Up: Chinese Hackers Still Attacking U.S. Companies, CIA Revamps Cybersecurity Approach, Federal Cybersecurity Spending Up Five-Fold

  • Chinese Hackers Still Attacking U.S. Companies (Crowdstrike):  According to a Crowdstrike blog post, cyber hackers affiliated with the Chinese government have continued to attempt to gain unauthorized access into the systems of the U.S. companies.  Crowdstrike, a cybersecurity company that provides services to private companies, reported that in the past three weeks since the cyber agreement between the U.S. and China was made, it has “detected and prevented a number of intrusions” into the systems of customers, according to the blog post.  Further, the blog post specified that seven of the companies are in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors.  The full blog post can be found here.
  • CIA Revamps Cybersecurity Approach (Business Insider):  The CIA launched a new directorate, the first in fifty years, designed to expand its cyber-espionage capacity and fight against hackers, Business Insider reportedAccording to the article, CIA Director ohm Brennan described it as a “key milestone” in the agency’s broader modernization and reorganization efforts.  The new directorate is called the Directorate of Digital Innovation, and according to the article, it aims to develop the agency’s use of “technology for cybersecurity and to enhance the capabilities of spies on the ground.”  The full article can be found here.
  • Federal Cybersecurity Spending Up Five-Fold (ExecutiveGov):  U.S. federal spending on cybersecurity acquisition has risen nearly five-fold over the past three years, ExecutiveGov reportedAccording to the article, spending in the fiscal year (“FY”) 2014 totaled to about $31 billion, and increase from $6 billion in FY 2011.  More specifically, the article reports that spending for “offensive cyber platforms” increased 150% to $15 billion in FY 2014, up from $6 billion in the FY 2013.  Further, expenditures on cyber awareness and training in the federal government totaled $109 million in 2014, an increase of 309% over the last three years, the article reported.  Find the full article 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

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