Cyber Round Up: Cyber can nourish and poison; Do you need Cyber Insurance?; Preparing for the next cyber campaign

  • Cyber systems can both nourish and poison us. We need to focus on the latter (PBS):  Recent commentary published on PBS stressed the need to focus on the potential harms of cyber as opposed to its benefits.  The column quoted former Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig’s speech in which he used the terms nourish and poison to describe cybersecurity.  The opinion recounts numerous recent cyber breaches the private sector, and then compares the difficulties of securing one company to much larger institutions.  The author also discusses a conversation he had with General Hayden, which included the General’s stressing that cyber be treated as its own domain.  The author stresses assessing and eliminating vulnerabilities in cyber, but acknowledges that this is not foolproof and cyber attacks will happen.  The full column can be read here.

  • What is Cyber Insurance and Do You Really Need it? (CSO Online):  CSO Online recently discussed all the hype surrounding cyber insurance.   The article presented substantial statistics showing how companies are starting to value transferring risk to third party insurance companies.   The article’s main point is that simply paying for insurance does not insulate companies from liability, as they still must have adequate security measures.  The article stresses frequent intrusion testing, employee training, and endpoint software to combat the biggest cyber threats and make any cyber insurance investments worthwhile.  The full article can be read here.
  • An opportunity to prepare for the next cyber campaign (The Hill): An article yesterday from The Hill addressed recent cyber legislation increasing US and Israeli cooperation in cyber research.  The report said that while Israel is a logical partner for many reasons, the bill became increasingly important as reports surfaced of Iranian hacks of Saudi government organizations.  The article mentions Iran’s extensive cyber activity, but mainly focused on how cyber issues in Israel could very easily implicate the United States.  The commentary ultimately concludes with recommendations for the Trump administration, including not just passing the most recent US-Israeli bills, but much more.  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