Cyber Round Up: Cyber key in lame duck Congress; OMB tries to define cyber incident;

Nov 16th, 2016 cybersecurity, Trump
  • In The Lame Duck, How Congress Makes Cybersecurity A Non-Partisan Priority (Forbes):   Cybersecurity could be a major legislative focus of the lame duck Congress, a recent report suggests.   The article says that the long series of recent events has Congress scrambling, mostly in the form of proposed amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act.   The report says that one change would be raising the priority level of Cybersecurity to Combatant Command level.   The report says that may still not be enough, however, as critical vulnerabilities will still exist.  The full text of the article can be found here.

  • OMB tries again to define a major cyber incident (Federal News Radio):  A recent article discusses a government attempt to create clearer guidelines in the cyber realm, including what a “major incident” is.  The definition comes from FISMA guidance to agencies for 2017.  The report defines a major cyber incident as “any incident that is likely to result in demonstrable harm to the national security interests, foreign relations, or economy of the United States or to the public confidence, civil liberties, or public health and safety of the American people.”  The author of the report believes this is a fairly high standard.  The full text of the article can be found here.
  • What Trump’s Win Means for Cybersecurity (Wired):   Recent commentary on this website discussed the cyber policies of each Presidential candidate.   Now that the votes are in, a weekly collection of articles from Wired focused on post-election cyber.   The post discussed some of the implications of what cyber will mean under President-Elect Trump, including the potential for increased surveillance.  The article makes clear that the potential for increased surveillance was made possible by President Obama.   The report also suggests the potential for more attacks from foreign nations.  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