Cyber Round Up: NSA Contractor Indicted for Data Theft; NATO releases new cyber guidelines; DHS to showcase cyber products;

  • NSA contractor indicted over mammoth theft of classified data (Reuters):   A former contractor for the National Security Agency was indicted on charges of willfully retaining national defense information, a report yesterday said.  The data theft could be the biggest ever, according to the article, but it is unclear what, if anything, was done with the information.  Harold Thomas Martin had been taking classified information for over 20 years, the report said, and faces 20 criminal counts, each with a maximum of 10 years in prison. Martin worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, the same contractor that employed Edward Snowden.  The full article can be found here.
  • NATO releases new guide for international cyber laws (The Hill):  NATO released the first major revision to the Tallin Manual yesterday, a report from The Hill said.   The guidelines are the closest thing to a rule book for applying international laws to the world of cyber, the article suggested.   While the first version focused on appropriate statecraft during times of war, the new edition has added legal analysis on peacetime.  The full article can be read here,  and more information about the Tallin Manual itself can be found here.
  • DHS scientists to show AI-backed cybersecurity at RSA conference (CyberScoop):   DHS officials will be participating at the RSA conference next week to showcase some of their new cybersecurity technology, a report earlier this week said.   Much of the technology is backed by Artificial Intelligence and is said to be market ready.   The technology was developed as part of DHS’s Transition to Practice program, where the department finds technology in the private sector labs and helps develop them to find gaps in the commercial cybersecurity market.  The full article, including an explanation of some of the products, 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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