Cyber Round Up: NSA Planning Reorganization; U.S. Looking to Relax Software Export Regulation; Defense Secretary Highlights Tech Priorities for 2017

  • NSA Planning Reorganization (The Washington Post): The National Security Agency (“NSA”) is reportedly planning a reorganization, according to The Washington Post. The article suggests that the reorganization, referred to as “NSA21”, will be publicly announced soon. The reorganization is focused on breaking down walls between organizations within the agency and developing a more collaborative environment, the article explained. According to the article, the offensive and defensive organizations will be merged to allow them to better adapt to changing threats. The full article can be found here.
  • U.S. Looking to Relax Software Export Regulation (WSB-TV): According to an article from WSB-TV, the U.S. government is planning to ease arms control rules concerning the export of software that have the potential to be used for hacking and surveillance because they have legitimate uses, such as securing computer networks. The article reported that the proposed changes have the support of the White House. The language of the proposed rule is broad, according to those who oppose the rule, and would result in “unintended negative consequences for national cybersecurity and research,” the article explained. The full article can be found here.
  • Defense Secretary Highlights Tech Priorities for 2017 (Federal Times): U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter identified the major theme underlying the defense budget for FY2017, according to the Federal Times. The article reported that Secretary Carter emphasized the “technological edge as a major theme.” Included in the budget is a $7 billion fund for investment in cyber for 2017, and then about $35 billion over the next five years, specified the article. The cyber fund will be used to improve the DoD’s network defenses, provide more training for cyber warriors, and develop cyber tools, including those that can be used offensively, according to the article. 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

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