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Lessons Learned from Equifax

In the wake of the Equifax Data breach and the litany of issues regarding potential insider stock sales, insecure database applications, and finger-pointing between Apache and Equifax, there are some valuable lessons we should all take heed of. Trust no one, and no entity: I hate to sound overly dire but even the old “trust, […]

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Equifax: Let the Blame Game Begin

Equifax Blames Apache –> Apache rebuts; in the end Consumers still Lose Equifax appears to be blaming a vulnerability in the Apache Software Foundation’s Apache Struts Web Framework, according to a post on Apache.org.  The Apache Struts Project Management Committee’s post (PMC) goes on to say that the assumption that the Equifax breach may have […]

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Equifax: Where Perception = Reality, Timing is Everything

Equifax: Where Percepton = Reality, Timing is Everything This is a follow up to a previous post. Paul Monica’s recent article in CNN:Money indicates that Officers in the Equifax Corporation sold stock shares in the days following Equifax’s data breach.  The article indicates that Equifax became aware of the breach on Saturday, July 29th and […]

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Equifax Data Breach: Data of 143M Americans Breached

Equifax Data Breach Impacts 143M Americans Lee Mathews reports in a Forbes article that Equifax discovered a breach on July 29th that could impact nearly half of the US population.  The article goes on to say that personally identifiable information (“PII”) such as social security numbers, birthdates, names,  addresses, and credit card numbers comprise approximately […]

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Cyber Insurance: The case of P.F. Chang

Cyber Insurance: The devil is in the details In P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. v. Fed. Ins. Co., (U.S. Dist. Ct. LEXIS 70749, 2016) the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona ruled in favor of the Federal Insurance Company in holding that the cyber insurance policy did not cover fees or penalties levied […]

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Search Warrants: Plain View is less clear in a digital context

A recent article in LegalTech news highlights the difficulty in applying the “plain-view” doctrine within the digital realm.  The article discusses web service provider Dream Host’s issues within the scope of search warrants related to data.  While the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that DreamHost had to comply with the search warrant, the arguments that DreamHost […]

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Symantec: Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) Vol. 22

Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report: Volume 22 Some of the highlights from the Symantec Report include: The use of zero-day exploits and sophisticated malware is decreasing as malevolent actors are now focusing on traditional spear-phishing attacks and leveraging existing tools (e.g. built-in OS commands/utilities) Nation-States and targeted disruptive attacks: Symantec points to the DNC hack […]

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Draft Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Act of 2017

The Draft IOT Cybersecurity Act of 2017: According to an article in the National Law Review, this draft legislation was introduced by Senators Mark Warner, Cory Gardner, Ron Wyden, and Steve Daines. The purpose of the legislation is to entice IoT vendors to implement the following designs into their products: the ability to patch devices; […]

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Opinion: Cyber Needs to be a Priority not just a Talking Point

A recent article by Kevin Collier, which appeared in BuzzFeed highlights what seems to be a recurring trend.  US officials talk about how important and critical cyber is, and yet top cyber positions remain unfilled and the cyber ranks continue to be understaffed.  The article indicates that four key cyber roles: Chief Information Security Officer […]

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DEFCON Voting Hacks — Much Ado about Nothing (well kind of)

DEFCON Convention: Voting Machine Hacks (Business Insider) According to an article by Sonam Sheth hackers at DEFCON were able to breach multiple voting machines within only minutes.  Sheth’s article states that hackers were able to infiltrate every single one of the thirty voting machines within just moments of having physical access and that even rudimentary […]

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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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