Cyber Round Up: Revised Cyber Executive Order; FBI says no change to encryption policy; FTC to test control over IoT manufacturers

Feb 10th, 2017 cybersecurity, fbi, FTC, IoT
  • Trump cybersecurity order morphs into 2,200-plus-word extravaganza (The Register):  The revised version of President Trump’s Executive Order on cyber security has broken the mold, a recent report says. Executive Orders are normally concise and set forth general policy objectives, but this one is over two thousand words and calls for 10 different reports, the article said.  The author compared this draft to one from President Obama, which was very long at over 3,000 words, but only called for 3 reports.  The article suggests that the detail oriented order reflects policy making by those with little experience.  The full article, which explains each report ordered, can be found here.   The text of the draft was posted by Lawfare and can be read here.
  • FBI official: No immediate change to encryption policy under Trump (The Hill):  Anyone hoping for changes to the government’s encryption policy shouldn’t hold their breath, a report earlier this week said.  FBI attorney James Baker said that changes have been discussed, but no major policy adjustments are expected in the near future.  In 2015, during the heat of the Apple v. FBI debate, Trump called for Apple to aid the FBI in its investigation.  The article was written following an encryption event hosted by CSIS, where there was a consensus between panelists about encryption needing to be addressed in advance of another incident like the San Bernadino shooting.  The full article can be read here.
  • Federal Trade Commission Case Will Test Its Power in Internet of Things Space (National Law Review):  Recent action in federal court in California will test the ability of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to regulate manufacturers of Internet of Things devices, an article today said.   The FTC filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against D-Link and its US subsidiary, the article said.  The complaint alleges that D-Link failed to take reasonable steps to protect its devices from “widely known and reasonably foreseeable risks of unauthorized access.”   While the complaint does not allege any actual harm arising from the security lapses, if the FTC prevails, IoT device manufacturers would suffer a big loss, the article suggests, because the mere existence of security flaws could render them liable.  The full commentary can be read 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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