Cyber Round Up: Ridge – Cyber Attacks are now worse than Physical Attacks, Cyberwarfare: What are we doing today?, Time to adjust U.S. National Security Strategy

  • Tom Ridge: Cyber attacks are now worse than physical attacks (Yahoo! Finance): According to this article by Daniel Roberts, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, was quoted as saying the following at the Concordia Summit in NY:

tom_ridge_label_reuseNotwithstanding the pain and horror associated with a physical attack … the potential for physical, human, and psychic impact with a cyber attack, I think, is far more serious

Roberts indicates that Ridge’s comments were echoed to some degree by General Keith Alexander, (the first director of USCYBERCOM), who stated that “Nations are using cyber as an element of national power,” according to the article.

 Roberts’ article goes on to say that Ridge stated that we now live in the “digital forvermore” and a cyber attack would represent a significant blow to our psyche.  This article also posits that one of the take-aways from this Summit was that Silicon Valley and Washington need to work together to help counter some of the threats we face in the realm of cyber.  The full text of the article is here.

  • Cyberwarfare: What are we doing today? (U.S.A.F.)According to this Air Force public affairs piece, Lt. Gen. J. Kevin McLaughlin, Deputy Command of USCYBERCOM, indicates that the Air Force has moved from air to space and is now in the realm of cyber.  The article indicates that USCYBERCOM has three missions:
    1. Defend the Defense Department Information networks;gen_mclaughlin_reuse
    2. Support combat commanders.  Forces are assigned to combat commands and possess both offensive and defensive cyber capabilities for joint force operations;
    3. protect US critical infrastructure from attacks, when so directed by the President or the Secretary of Defense

McLaughlin indicates that CYBERCOM is still expanding and is creating a persistent training environment, command and control capabilities, as well as developing tools for cyber situational awareness, according to the article. The full text of the article can be found here.

  • Time to adjust U.S. National Security Strategy amid unraveling of the global order, Stanford expert says 292994271-pragmatic-engagement-amidst-global-uncertainty-three-major-challenges-edited-by-stephen-d-krasner-and-amy-zegart(Stanford News):   This article discusses Amy Zegart’s assertion that the power equation of world order is shifting as China continues to grow economically and will eventually surpass the U.S. there are profound international implications.  This changing power dynamic coupled with the ability of technology to enable non-state and even lone actors the ability to wage cyberattacks has some far-reaching implications, according to the article.  Zegart further posits that the current U.S. national security paradigm is modeled after the world as it existed in 1947 and thus has had some difficult adapting to modern-day challenges such as cyberthreats. Additionally, a movement away from more traditional military investment in conventional warfare towards the development of greater cyber capabilities is needed to meet the current and evolving threats, according to the article. The full text of the article can be found here, while the Zegart work 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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