Cyber Round Up: How Israel Became Cyber Leader; Private Sector Shouldn’t Rely on Feds; Cyber is About a Culture Change, Not Tech

  • How Israel became a leader in cybersecurity and surveillance (Miami Herald):  Israel has become one of the world’s best countries in cyber security despite its small size, a recent article says.   Second only to the U.S. in cyber capabilities, the article explains how Israel’s cyber strength has developed through an elite unit in the Israeli Defense Force.  The small country has over 420 private cyber security companies, and most of those companies’ founders started in Unit 8200.   That Unit is Israel’s equivalent of the NSA, the article says.  Unit 8200 gets first choice at recruitment of incoming IDF members, and many of them are untrained teenagers with high potential.   The full article explaining Unit 8200 and its effect on the private cyber security world can be read here.
  • Why the private sector shouldn’t rely on feds for cybersecurity (FCW):  The private sector shouldn’t feel too comfortable with the role the federal government will play in the wake of a cyber incident, an article earlier this week suggested.   The report cites two former DHS officials speaking at the RSA conference, and says that while federal guidelines have defined some responsibilities, many private companies still don’t know who to call after an attack.  Stewart Baker, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former assistant secretary for policy at DHS, explained that at the end of the day, the federal government doesn’t have much to offer private companies in the form of assistance.  Other than any intelligence the government may have, the private sector is essentially on its own.   The full article with more quotes and analysis can be read here.

  • Biggest cybersecurity need? Not tech, but culture change and boardroom support (Healthcare IT News):  A cyber security forum at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2017 conference addressed cyber security with an approach outside of the tech, a recent article said.   The report said that cyber security isn’t just about increasing technological capabilities or securities, but is about finding a way to implement culture changes.  The best way to do this is with a top-down approach, starting with the members in the boardroom who have to be open to changes.  Another important aspect, the article says, is making security teams aware that their strategies and policies can’t get in the way of conducting business.  The full article on what was said at the conference and the views on culture change 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