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The Password is Dead. Time for Better Online Security.

Forbes reported on the recent release of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace in an article by Kashmir Hill dated April 15, 2011.  The article provides a great understanding of what the NSTIC aims to accomplish and why it was necessary in the first place. Essentially, the days of the username and password […]

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House Rejects FCC’s ‘Open’ Internet Rules

Reuters reports, in an article by Kevin Drawbaugh, dated April 8, 2011, that the U.S. House of Representatives voted to "reject Internet 'neutrality' rules that were adopted last year to keep big Internet service providers from blocking certain traffic."   The vote, which largely followed party lines, had 240 votes for removal of the rules, […]

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U.S. Warns of Gov’ts Trying to Control the Internet

On April 8, 2011, Yahoo! News reported, in an article by Bradley Klapper of the Associated Press, that the Obama Administration, specifically the State Department, warned "that governments around the world are extending their repression to the Internet, seeking to cut off their citizen's access to websites and other means of communication to stave off […]

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When Do People Care Who You Are Online?

In an article dated April 1, 2011, Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, of nextgov, reports on the pitfalls of a "federated authentication" system, which were recently highlighted by Ross Anderson,  a professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University. Professor Anderson recenlty published a paper entitled "Can we Fix the Security Economic of Federated Authentication?" in which he brings to […]

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Report: NASA Vulnerable to Crippling Cyber Attacks

The International Business Times reports, in an article by Gabriel Perna dated March 29, 2011, that a recent audit by the Office of the Inspector General found that  NASA's servers contain several vulnerabilities rendering the space agency open to a crippling cyber attack. Inspector General Paul K. Martin stated that "[w]e found that computer servers on […]

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BSA, ITI, and TechAmerica Oppose Effort to Strip Funding for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

ag-IP-news Agency, a member of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, reports in an article dated February 20, 2011, that Business Softwar Alliance (BSA) has joined TechAmerica and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) "in urging Congress to support development and implementation of trusted identities online."  According to ag-IP-news Agency, "the Business Software Alliance is the world's foremost […]

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DoD: Military Must Be Capable Within ‘Cyber’ Domain

In an article by George V. Hulme, dated February 16, 2011, NetworkWorld reports that the "Department of Defense is set to soon complete a new cyber security strategy that will explicitly recognize cyberspace as a new and official warfare domain." The new strategy, "Cyber 3.0" will charge the military with "defending government networks just as […]

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Microsoft Has a Change of Heart on How to Keep Internet Safe

Robert McMillan of PCWorld, reports in an article dated February 15, 2011, that Scott Charney, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Trustworthy Computing, has changed his mind about who should lead the charge in keeping "sick" computers from infecting the Internet.  I've pulled the actual text of Scott Charney's presentation from Microsoft's site – all quoted […]

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Proposal for Cyber War Rules of Engagement

In an article by Susan Watts, of BBC Newsnight, published February 3, 2011, it appears that cyber security and specific rules of engagement in dealing with a cyber attack will, for the first time, be considered at this year's annual Munich Security Conference.   "The world needs cyber war 'Rules of Engagement' to cope with […]

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U.S. Has Secret Tools to Force Internet on Dictators

On February 7, 2011, CNN.com posted an article by Spencer Ackerman of WIRED, which highlighted the potential tools at the United States' disposal in the event of another Egypt-like Internet shutdown.   Aside from politely asking a nation's ruler to restore connectivity, "the American military does have a second set of options, if it ever […]

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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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