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Cyber Round Up: Army Possible Cyber Branch; NATO Recognizes Military Response to Cyber Attack; Pay Scale for Federal Cyber Pros; Removing Limits to Cyber Education; Grassley Comments at National Cyber Seminar; Home Depot Cyber Breach; Senator Feinstein’s Cyber Security Bill

•The Army News Service released a report on Wednesday that the army activated a Cyber Protection Brigade, the first of its kind in the Army, and a discussion of a new cyber branch is in the works. • Should the feds create a job category and salary scale for government cybersecurity workers — or is […]

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Is the Fourth Amendment “Fighting for its Life”?

A couple of weekends ago I attended Western State University Law Review’s National Security Symposium, featuring keynote speaker, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.  The dean’s speech focused on the Supreme Court’s “failure” to uphold the Constitution and served as an introduction to the afternoon panel on the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs.  The […]

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Cyber Round Up: SCOTUS Denies Klayman’s Request; China Concerned About Growing Number of Cyber Warriors; Vanity Fair Exclusive with Snowden

Presiding Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge Reggie Walton was misled by Department of Justice officials resulting in an erroneous ruling on March 7 that the government should not be permitted to store phone records longer than five years, U.S. News reports.  Specifically, DOJ officials failed to inform the Court of preservation of evidence orders issued […]

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Cyber Round Up: Reactions to NSA Reform Proposal

As promised, here is a mini round up detailing the public’s response, generally, to President Obama’s NSA reform proposal: The Hill reports that Obama’s proposal is “sure to come under fire as it heads to Congress.”  The report notes several possible reasons.  Here are a few: (1) Although lawmakers have generally expressed support for the […]

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Cyber Round Up: DOJ Pushes for Increased Hacking Abilities; Google Appeals Turkish YouTube Blackout; Microsoft Ends “Snooping” Practices

The DOJ is advocating for less stringent standards to obtain warrants to hack the computers of criminal suspects, the Wall Street Journal Blog reports.  “The Justice Department effort is raising questions among some technology advocates, who say the government should focus on fixing the holes in computer software that allow such hacking rather than exploiting them.”  […]

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DC Judge Denies Government’s Request to Seize Email Account

Today, Magistrate Judge John Facciola for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied the government’s request for a warrant to seize an entire email account, search it, and disclose certain emails and contents of communications discovered therein.  This was the government’s third application for a warrant in connection with this email […]

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Bruce Fein on “Snowden the Patriot” and Fourth Amendment Erosion

While at UCLA Law School recently, former Reagan administrator and part of the muscle behind a class-action lawsuit to declare National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs unconstitutional, Bruce Fein, was asked to comment on one of the hottest questions of the day–Is Edward Snowden a patriot or a traitor?  As the Atlantic reports, Fein’s response […]

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Cyber Round Up: Scalia, the 4th Amendment, and Cyberspace; NATO’s sites hacked; NSA’s phone call recording program

Last week, NATO reported that several of its public websites had been hacked.  An article on the incident by Reuters explains that the attack appeared to be linked to the growing tensions in Crimea.  However, the article continues, most services have since been restored.  One NATO official commented on the incident by saying: It doesn’t […]

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State Health Exchange Websites Pose Security Challenges

At the end of last month, the Associated Press released an exclusive report stemming from the release of various documents by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and tending to highlight major security concerns over the beginning of open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace. Here’s an oversimplified description of the way it works. […]

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NSA Round Up: Talking about President Obama, General Alexander, Vice Admiral Rogers, IBM, and Faceboook

The New York Times reports that, early last week, National Security Agency (NSA) Director nominee, Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers, declined to make written comment to the Senate Armed Services Committee on either Russia’s alleged involvement in the cyber attacks on the new Ukraine government or the extent of the damage those attacks caused.  However, Adm. […]

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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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