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“Securing Cyber Assets” Draft Report Released by National Infrastructure Advisory Council

The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), composed of senior executives from industry and State and local government who own and operate the critical infrastructure, issued an August 2017 report entitled, “Securing Cyber Assets: Addressing Urgent Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure.”  Noting that “[c]yber is the sole arena where private companies are the front line […]

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North Korean Cyber Capabilities: In Brief — CRS Report

North Korean Cyber Capabilities is the topic of a report from the Congressional Research Service, which notes: The North Korean government has devoted significant resources to develop its cyber operations and has grown increasingly sophisticated in its ability to attack targets. Among governments that pose cyber threats to the United States, some analysts consider the […]

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Aug 25th, 2017 Cyberwar, North Korea

Justice Department’s Role in Cyber Incident Response – New CRS Report

The Justice Department’s Role in Cyber Incident Response is the topic of a new report from the Congressional Research Service.  “The Department of Justice (DOJ), through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI, or the bureau) and National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), is the designated lead on threat response, which involves investigating and attributing […]

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Aug 25th, 2017 Cybercrime, cybersecurity, DOJ

Initiation of U.S. Investigation of China for Conducting or Supporting Unauthorized Intrusions Into U.S. Commercial Computer Networks

From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative: USTR Announces Initiation of Section 301 Investigation of China Washington, DC – Today, U.S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally initiated an investigation of China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The investigation will seek to determine whether acts, policies, and practices of the Government […]

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Aug 21st, 2017 China, Cyber Exploitation

NIST Request for Comments on Internet of Things

From the National Institute of Standards and Technology, dated 8/15/17: SP 800-53 Rev. 5 DRAFT Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations As we push computers to “the edge” building an increasingly complex world of interconnected information systems and devices, security and privacy continue to dominate the national dialog. There is an […]

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Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack

This is an old (2008) and controversial report.  I was reading it to prepare for class and just thought I would share, for what it is worth.  Its conclusion: Electrical power is necessary to support other critical infrastructures, including supply and distribution of water, food, fuel, communications, transport, financial transactions, emergency services, government services, and […]

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NATIONAL COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY CENTER STRATEGIC PLAN

“The cyber threat is simultaneously a national and homeland security threat and a counterintelligence problem.”

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Defending the Core: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Cyber Conflict, 2017, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

From NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCD COE) website: After many rounds of peer review, 14 articles were accepted for this proceedings book, which formed the ‘backbone’ of the conference’s sessions and workshops. CyCon’s interdisciplinary nature is reflected in this collection of articles, which can be broadly categorised into three sections: strategy, […]

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Jun 25th, 2017 cybersecurity, Cyberwar, NATO

A 21st Century Cyber-Physical Systems Education – Free book from National Academies Press

A 21st Century Cyber-Physical Systems Education examines the intellectual content of the emerging field of Cyber-physical systems (CPS) and its implications for engineering and computer science education. This report is intended to inform those who might support efforts to develop curricula and materials; faculty and university administrators; industries with needs for CPS workers; and current […]

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Dec 29th, 2016 IoT

National Security Investigations & Prosecutions, 2nd ed.

Great news! David Kris and Douglas Wilson have updated National Security Investigations & Prosecutions for a second edition.  Thomson Reuters has it for sale at this link.  It shows a 2012 copyright, so maybe it has been out for a while and I missed it.  Hat tip to Lawfare Blog for reviewing it and brining […]

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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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