Cyber Round Up: U.S. May Have Thwarted N. Korean Missile Launch; Moving Beyond ‘Patch and Pray’; Army Reserves Focusing on Cyber Skills

  • North Korea’s unsuccessful missile launch ‘may have been thwarted by US cyber attack’ (Telegraph):  North Korea’s latest failed missile launch may have had some help from the United States, a recent article says. The report quotes a former British official as stating that there is “strong belief” that the United States interfered through cyber methods to cripple the test launch. The article discusses recent tensions with North Korea in depth, but notes that President Obama called for increased cyber capabilities to defend against missiles in 2014. The full article can be read here.

  • Moving Beyond ‘Patch and Pray’ Cybersecurity (WND):  One U.S. military agency may be paving the way for a fundamental shift in cyber security policy. A recent article says that the Defense Advanced Researchs Projects Agency (DARPA), which heads U.S. efforts to develop the most cutting edge technologies and weapons, has begun a new program. The old method involved simply hoping that we found our own vulnerabilities before our adversaries did and then eliminating those weaknesses.  These weaknesses are a result entirely due to software.  The new program focuses on eliminating vulnerabilities at the hardware level. The full report and description of the new program can be found here.
  • Army Taps Reservists With Cyber Skills to Fight IS Militants (Fortune):  It is no secret that the Islamic State has had great success to due to its online presence. According to a recent report, the U.S. Army is responding in kind and is relying on reservists with cyber expertise.  The article cites a conversation with one Major who remained nameless and his daily contribution to disrupting the Islamic State’s mission through cyber means.  The article explains that the Army needs more civilians with digital forensics, math crypto-analysis, and coding skills.  The full piece 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.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third 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

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned 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. 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

Anna Maria Castillo

is 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from 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 served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. 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 was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was 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 wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

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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