Cyber Round Up: Good news for federal cybersecurity; Swiss pick Watson to confront cybersecurity; De-risking cities: connectivity and cybersecurity

  • A rare piece of good news for federal cybersecurity (FCW):  There is some sign of progress amidst all the negativity surrounding the government and cyber security. An article late last week discussed DHS’s Credentials and Authentication Management task order.  The program focuses on identity and access management, a problem the article suggests is behind every major breach of the U.S. government in the last five years. The article highlights the two strongest factors of CRED, the first of which is that the program is actually giving agencies the capability to create a master record for monitoring access.  Second, the grant was crafted with bonuses to incentivize agencies that go beyond the minimal requirements, allowing them to improve efficiency.  The full article can be read here.
  • SIX picks IBM Watson for cybercrime fight (Banking Technology):  This blog recently recapped a report that IBM’s Watson will be used in the fight against cybercrime.  A recent article reported that the Swiss market security infrastructure SIX will use the technology to bolster its cyber operations.  The Security Operations Center will use Watson’s ability to tap into over a million documents in order to do a comprehensive threat assessment.  SIX officials called the cognitive software a “perfect match.”  The full article can be read here.
  • De-Risking Cities: Connectivy and Cybersecurity (Planning Report):  The VX 2017 Conference was recently held for industry leaders to gather and discuss relevant issues in technology and clean energy.  A panel including representatives from the LA Department of Water and Power, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association addressed how to mitigate risk with critical infrastructure.  The article, which can be found here, includes the full transcript of the panel discussion.
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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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