Cyber Round Up: House Committee Works on Public-Private Relationships; Cyber in 2025; Putting a Price on “Cyber Hurricane”;

  • Cybersecurity: House Committee Looks to Build on Public-Private Partnerships (RAPS):  Many proposed plans or recommendations for addressing the myriad of cyber security challenges today involve some emphasis on establishing relationships between the public and private sector.  According to one report earlier this week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing to explore how to build these relationships.  Specifically, the committee was looking at the healthcare industry, where cyber concerns have become a popular issue.  The full recap of the hearing can be found here.
  • Cybersecurity in 2025: the skills we’ll need to tackle threats of the future (Wired):  Cyber security has most of its challenges in the present, but it’s worth looking ahead to what the future holds as well. An article  earlier this week addressed certain skills that should be added to the cyber repertoire if they haven’t been already.  The list proposed by the article includes ethical hacking, artificial intelligence, and Internet of Things security skills.  The explanation of why these three are some of the most important moving forward can be found here.

  • Insurers Scramble to Put a Price on a Cyber Catastrophe (MIT Technology Review):  While the cyber insurance industry is growing rapidly, insurers are still struggling to put a price tag on cyber incidents, a recent article says.  Cyber insurance was a $2.75 billion industry in 2015, and one estimate has it growing to as large as $7.5 billion in 2020.  Some have begun to view cyber security as a business risk rather than as an IT problem, the article suggests.  This means recognizing that cyber challenges are complex and there is no one clear solution, and instead is better handled by just mitigating the risks involved.  Given that there hasn’t been a “cyber hurricane,” which is the analogy the article draws, and that we’re not exactly sure what that will look like, insurers do not know how to value that coverage.  The full article 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