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Cyber Round Up: Brenner and MIT’s Report; Germany emerging as cyber leader; FCC has flaw in communications infrastructure

Former NSA Inspector General Releases Cybersecurity Recommendations For Trump (WBUR Boston):   A recent article summarized an MIT report that recommended eight ways for President Trump to secure critical infrastructure. The article said that the report featured guest writing from former NSA IG Joel Brenner, and advocated for including the private sector. The article contains some quotes from […]

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Cyber Round Up: Congress repeals Internet privacy protections; DHS misses cyber policy deadline; Mnuchin expresses cyber concerns

Congress just killed your Internet privacy protections (CNN):  Congress voted along party lines to repeal internet privacy protections yesterday.  According to one article, the fate of privacy now rests with President Trump and the White House is on the record as “strongly support[ing]” the repeal.  The rules had not yet taken effect, but would have required […]

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Cyber Round Up: NATO Seeks $3.2 billion for cyber; U.S. cyber policy has deterrence failure;

NATO to Seek Bids for $3.2 Billion in Satellite, Cyber Security (Bloomberg):  Pending NATO contracts will focus on satellite communications, air and missile defense systems, software, and cyber security. An article said that the $3.2 billion commitment is representative of the organization’s adjustment to new threats, including those from Russian meddling and increased cyber attacks.  Specifically, […]

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Cyber Round Up: Good news for federal cybersecurity; Swiss pick Watson to confront cybersecurity; De-risking cities: connectivity and cybersecurity

A rare piece of good news for federal cybersecurity (FCW):  There is some sign of progress amidst all the negativity surrounding the government and cyber security. An article late last week discussed DHS’s Credentials and Authentication Management task order.  The program focuses on identity and access management, a problem the article suggests is behind every major breach […]

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Cyber Round Up: North Korea implicated in Federal Reserve cyberheist; Gorsuch Knows His Cyber; Cybersecurity Bill of Rights

U.S. Preparing Cases Linking North Korea in Theft at N.Y. Fed (WSJ):  Federal prosecutors are preparing a case that would charge Chinese middlemen for orchestrating a major bank robbery for North Korea.  An article this week from the Wall Street Journal said that the $81 million robbery from the Federal Reserve was conducted entirely online.   […]

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Third Circuit Sidesteps Fifth Amendment in Forced Decryption Decision

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed down its decision in United States v. Apple Mac Pro Computer earlier this week.  The case involves a former Philadelphia police officer, Francis Rawls, who was being investigated for child pornography.  Mr. Rawls refused to decrypt two hard drives that the government claimed contained child […]

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Cyber Round Up: Challenges for Rob Joyce; Proposal gives DHS $1.5 billion for cyber; Congressman wants cyber version of National Guard

Challenges Ahead For New White House Cybersecurity Advisor (Forbes): Commentary earlier this week addressed some of the many challenges that will be facing recently appointed cyber security adviser Rob Joyce.  The article labeled the former NSA hacker as “the poster child for. . . distrust” that is so commonly associated with the NSA in the post-Snowden era. […]

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Cyber Round Up: New leak could be devastating; Security and cryptocurrency; Governors stress cyber needs

New leak exposes a trove of personal passwords and sensitive info (Mashable):  News over the weekend suggests that a recent leak could be one of the most devastating in recent memory.  The report says that Cloudflare, one of the biggest websites for internet security, was the victim of a hack.  Unfortunately, according to the article, the extent […]

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Hackers need 12 hours to steal info while breach detection takes 300 days, hacker survey says

A report released last week took a different approach to cyber security.  Instead of analyzing all the breaches that occurred and looking for trends there, the report surveyed the threats themselves.  Nuix’s “Black Report” surveyed 70 different hackers at a conference to see the cyber security world through their eyes.  The report, which is included […]

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Cyber Round Up: How Israel Became Cyber Leader; Private Sector Shouldn’t Rely on Feds; Cyber is About a Culture Change, Not Tech

How Israel became a leader in cybersecurity and surveillance (Miami Herald):  Israel has become one of the world’s best countries in cyber security despite its small size, a recent article says.   Second only to the U.S. in cyber capabilities, the article explains how Israel’s cyber strength has developed through an elite unit in the Israeli […]

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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

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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