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DHS Has Done Little To Protect Port Facilities

Gregory C. Wilshusen, Director of Information Security Issues for the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) testified before the Committee on Homeland Security Issues and the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, House of Representatives, on the state of cybersecurity at the nation’s maritime critical infrastructure.  The testimony was based on an audit conducted by the GAO […]

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Too Big to Fail? Understanding the U.S. Power Grid Vulnerabilities in terms of Cybersecurity

As a follow-up to yesterday’s Round Up, a report released by MIT in 2011 entitled “The Future of the Electric Grid“,  discussed the potential ramifications of failing to address cybersecurity in the context of the Nation’s Power grid.  Additionally, cybersecurity and the impact on the U.S. power grid has been discussed by multiple outlets, including articles […]

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Cyber Round Up: Cyber Attacks on the Rise, Nuclear Power Plants “Culture of Denial”, Arms Control for the Cyber Era

Cyber Attacks on the Rise (WESA — NPR):  According to Pittsburgh’s NPR affiliate (WESA-FM), attacks on U.S. cyber interests affecting national and economic security are increasing in several alarming areas. Namely: level of sophistication, scale, frequency, and severity, according to the WESA article.  WESA reports that the Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Corporation (PUC) […]

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U.S. and China Working on Bilateral Cyber Arms Deal

The United States and China will negotiate a cyber arms deal during Chinese President Xi’s visit to Washington this week, reports The New York Times.  According to the article, officials involved in the talks told The New York Times that the deal will most likely include a commitment by each party to “be the first to […]

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Cyber Round Up: First US Cyber Sanctions; US Accidentally Reveals Cyber Vulnerabilities; Cyber Breach South Korea Nuclear Operator; Best Cyber Security Lists 2015

U.S. Sanctions North Korea: President Obama announced on Friday sanctions against 10 North Korean officials and three government entities, Bloomberg reports.  These sanctions are believed to be the first time the US has moved to punish any country for cyber-attacks on a US company.  North Korea warns the sanctions will be counter-productive as they encourage it […]

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Our Legal Analysis of U.S. Response to Sony Attack

Hollywood and the entertainment industry are not critical infrastructure. The cyber attack on Sony’s computer networks and data is not, yet, a matter of national security. The attack is also not a use of force or an armed attack, the prerequisites for use of military force in self defense under international law. Thus, talk of […]

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Operation Cleaver Cyber Attacks: Is Iran the New China?

“If Operation Cleaver doesn’t get the world to wake up to what is happening in the silent world of cyber, then perhaps nothing will.” – Cylance Report on Operation Cleaver. According to researchers at Cylance, a security startup, a vast number of western organizations have been breached by hackers operating out of Iran.  Cylance has […]

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Cyber Round Up: Hacking Wall Street; FBI Warning Post Sony Malware; Hacking E-Cigs, Parking Lots, and Issues with Cryptography

Hacking underlying a sophisticated cyber scheme to rig the stock market was revealed on Monday by the security firm FireEye.  FireEye warned the FBI that a group of hackers, which FireEye has designated FIN4, had stolen highly sensitive secrets from over a hundred companies for the purpose of gaming the stock market.  The primary targets of the scheme […]

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US Control Systems Have Been Hacked By Nation States – NSA Director Warns “This Is Not Theoretical”

“The cyber threat is real, this is not theoretical.” – National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers. At a hearing in Washington today of the House Intelligence Committee, National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers discussed the nation’s cyber vulnerabilities.  Roger set out the three missions of the US Cyber Command: defend DOD’s network, generate […]

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New Tech Designed to Protect Infrastructure Against Hackers

With reports of breaches of the nations’ critical infrastructure on the rise, Sierra Nevada Corp. (“SNC”), a systems integrator and electronic systems provider, has partnered with the City of Fort Morgan in Colorado to protect the city’s infrastructure from cyber-attacks.  The Binary Armor® SCADA protection system was integrated into the city’s electrical network, and is […]

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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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