Cyber Round Up: ILTA Ethical Obligation for Lawyers to Understand Technology, The Bonds that Bind: Cybersecurity Brings Legal and Finance Together, Devastating Attacks to Public Infrastructure “A Matter of When” in the US

  • Note to Lawyers from ILTA: You’re Ethically Obligated to Understand Technology (Legaltech news): Ian Lopez of Legaltech news reports that a recent panel at ILTACON 2016 discussed the ABA Model Rules, specifically 1.1 (duty of competence) which purportedly indicates that lawyers have an ethical duty to understand technology.  The panel also discussed Model Rule 1.6 which deals with confidentiality and that has implications in the cyber realm as information moves to digital and virtual environments, according to the article.  The article also states that Rule 5.1 which deals with the supervisory duties applies to the supervision of IT support and personnel that enable lawyers to do their jobs.  The full text of the article is here.
  • The Bonds that Bind: Cybersecurity Comes Together in Legal and Finance (Legaltech news): in this article, the VP of Commercial Services, Joseph Abrenio is quoted as saying  that law firms “keep the secrets, good and bad…” and therefore financial institutions are only as strong and as secure as their weakest link.  Consequently, the marriage of the legal and financial worlds in the context of cybersecurity is a way to help manage risk and understand liability, according to the article.  The article goes on to say that because of the increased risk and the myriad regulations that financial institutions face, the vetting process for law firms has extended to understanding their cybersecurity posture.  The article indicates that this is necessary so that those firms with less robust or non-existent cybersecurity protocols may be less likely to be retained by financial firms.  Finally, firms that deal with more sensitive areas such as mergers and acquisitions may have to look at certifications such as the International Organization for Standardization (“ISO”) 27001 and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) certifications, according to the article.  The full text of the article is here.
  • Devastating Attacks to Public Infrastructure “A Matter of When” in the US (ZDNet): This isn’t really a new topic for this blog, however, this topic seems to be nearing the surface again as ZDNet reports that cyberattacks have impacted public infrastructure in other countries and it really is just a matter of when, rather than “if” in terms of a similar attack in the US.  This ZDNet article specifically highlights the threats to the industrial control systems (“ICS”) that are utilized by utilities, water, hospitals, transportation, and public safety entities both in the private and public sectors. The article points out that throughout these industries there is a false sense of security derived from using what they term to be a “compliance-driven” approach towards security.  The risk to manufacturing with respect to ransomware, disruptions, and attacks on the supply chain are also noted in the report.  The article also discusses several prominent attacks against public infrastructure:
    • Ukraine: 225,000 customers experienced a blackout as the result of remote intrusions which launched malware and denial-of-service (“DOS”) attacks;
    • South Korea: light rail operators have been successfully breached at least three separate times with information on speed and safety controls being exfiltrated;
    • Germany: nuclear power plant infected with malware from USB drives that employees brought to the air-gapped systems

The full text of the article is 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.

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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