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Cyber Round Up: IBM turns Watson into cyber weapon; Army introduces cyber fast track; Details on China’s new cyber law

 IBM Turns Watson Into A Cybersecurity Weapon Amid White House Interest (Forbes):  IBM’s large investment into its cognitive software Watson has expanded into the cyber security field, a recent report says.   Watson has the ability to read millions of documents and huge quantities of information and produce an analysis that humans cannot, the article said. […]

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Feb 14th, 2017 army, China, cybersecurity, DOD, IBM

Americans don’t trust institutions to protect their personal data, but neglect cybersecurity in own lives – Pew Report

The Pew Research Center recently released an in depth report analyzing how the average American feels about cybersecurity.   The study consisted of several surveys regarding how Americans feel on certain cyber issues.   The report says that 64% of Americans have personally been involved in a major data breach.  As a result, about half […]

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Feb 12th, 2017 cybersecurity

Cyber Round Up: Revised Cyber Executive Order; FBI says no change to encryption policy; FTC to test control over IoT manufacturers

Trump cybersecurity order morphs into 2,200-plus-word extravaganza (The Register):  The revised version of President Trump’s Executive Order on cyber security has broken the mold, a recent report says. Executive Orders are normally concise and set forth general policy objectives, but this one is over two thousand words and calls for 10 different reports, the article said. […]

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Feb 10th, 2017 cybersecurity, fbi, FTC, IoT

Cyber Round Up: NSA Contractor Indicted for Data Theft; NATO releases new cyber guidelines; DHS to showcase cyber products;

NSA contractor indicted over mammoth theft of classified data (Reuters):   A former contractor for the National Security Agency was indicted on charges of willfully retaining national defense information, a report yesterday said.  The data theft could be the biggest ever, according to the article, but it is unclear what, if anything, was done with the […]

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Cyber Round Up: Cyber Executive Order; Politicians Should Stay Out; Half of Web Encrypted

Big changes in Trump’s cybersecurity executive order (CNN):   Reports Tuesday that President Trump would be signing an Executive Order addressing cyber policies ultimately ended with him just discussing the content of the order with his lead advisers, according to a CNN article.   The report says that major changes are coming to the way the […]

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China Turns to Blockchain

Several weeks ago, this blog reported on a letter advocating that now President Trump consider using blockchain.   That post included a guide to blockchain and how it works, particularly in its most common form of bitcoin. Apparently the Chinese find merit in that idea, as a recent report says that they have begun to […]

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Jan 28th, 2017 blockchain, China

Cyber Round Up: Senate approves tech bills; Microsoft survives appeal; Russia arrests top cyber expert accused of treason

Senate panel approves slew of tech bills (The Hill):   A Senate committee approved seven technology focused bills yesterday, according to a recent report.   The Senate Commerce Committee’s first action in the 115th Congress included a stamp of approval on a bill related to the Internet of Things, the article said.  The Developing Innovation and […]

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NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight 2017 Report

Bringing boards up to cyber speed (CSO Online):  A recent report from the National Association of Corporate Directors is intended to help the many board members who do not fully understand the breadth and depth of risks associated with cyber attacks, a recent article said.  The organization surveyed board members and found that only 11% had […]

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Jan 12th, 2017 cybersecurity, risk

Cyber Round Up: Obama Underestimated Cyber Threat, Electrical Grid Attack ‘Imminent’; The Bigger Issue with the Election Hacks

Obama Says He Underestimated Threat Posed by Cyberattacks (WSJ):   President Obama admitted to underestimating the affect cyber hacks could have on our society in an interview yesterday, a Wall Street Journal report said.  The outgoing President said he did not underestimate Putin himself, but did not fully understand the drastic impact that hacks and misinformation […]

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Russian Election Hacks Update with Reports, Testimony, Videos

The swirl around Russia’s meddling in recent U.S. elections has continued the last few days.   Yesterday, top intelligence officials testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding foreign cyber threats to the U.S.  Today, ODNI released its declassified report on Russia’s role in the 2016 election cycle.  Throughout all of this, President-elect Trump has […]

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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.

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a second year student at SU College of Law. Christopher is a non-traditional student, returning 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 and in addition to being a full-time student, 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

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a second 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

Anna Maria Castillo

is a third year law student at Syracuse College of Law. She is also pursuing a Master of Arts in International Relations at 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 currently serves as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a third year student at Syracuse College of Law. 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 is a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was recently 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 has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and as an extern in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Full biography

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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