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CRS Insight Justice Department’s Role in Cyber Incident Response

Justice Department’s Role in Cyber Incident Response (CRS Insight): in this article, Kristin Finklea discusses the role of the justice department in the context of cyber incident response.  The article indicates that criminals and malefeasors are continuing to turn to and leverage the internet in the context of criminal activities.  This raises a number of […]

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Cyber Round Up: Higher Ed. Establishes foothold in Cybersecurity

Illinois State Meets Growing Need for Cybersecurity Professionals (ISU News): According to this news release, Illinois State University (“ISU”) is trying to prepare students to fill the projected 18 percent growth in Information Security jobs over the next ten years.  ISUs School of Information Technology’s Information Assurance and Security has 125 students and their new […]

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Cyber Round Up: Internet Insecure because Flaw in Language, EU Adopts Net Neutrality Legislation, CISA Passes Senate

Internet Insecure because Flaw in Language (Wall Street Journal):  The core issue behind the security of the internet, or in this case, the lack of security of the internet is caused by a flaw in the language used to move digital information to and from its destination, according to the Wall Street Journal.  According to […]

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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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Cyber Round Up: U.S.-China IP Theft Agreement, Clapper Skeptical of U.S.-China Cyber Agreement, U.S. Agencies Still have Weak Cybersecurity — GAO

U.S.-China Sign IP Theft Agreement (ICE.gov):  The director of the U.S. National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (“IPR Center”) and the director general of China’s General Administration of China Customs (“GACC”) signed an intellectual property rights addendum to a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) that was signed by the two nations in 2011, according to an ICE press […]

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Actual US-China MOU Following President Xi Visit

Following Chinese President Xi’s visit to the U.S. last week, we have found little actual material specifically pointing to an agreement on economic cyber espionage activity between the U.S. and China.  As of today, we have the White House Fact Sheet, the joint statement from U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, […]

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The U.S. Cyber Glass House and Deterrence

“I’d say our [cyber] defense isn’t working” – Former Director of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander. In a keynote address at the American Enterprise Institute, Alexander told the audience that “if everybody’s getting hacked … industry and government … the strategy that we’re working on is flawed.” Critical infrastructure is vulnerable to cyberattacks and several […]

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Cyber Round Up: Russian Hackers, Army Hacking Tools, Cyber Attack by…Oven, and more

Russian Hackers Used Two Unknown Flaws (Reuters Reports): A recent report by security firm FireEye determined that Russian hackers had been using flaws in Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Windows operating system to try to get information about diplomatic targets in the United States and elsewhere. Adobe issued a fix for the breach on Tuesday, and while Microsoft […]

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Iran’s Cyber Revenge

In 2010, the United States and Israel reportedly attacked Iran’s nuclear enrichment center using a computer worm that caused about 1,000 centrifuges to self-destruct.  From recent reports by cybersecurity firms Norse and Cylance*, it appears that Iranians have begun a cycle of cyber retaliation. Unlike nuclear technology, cyber tools provide Iran with a usable weapon with […]

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Cyber Round Up: China Cyber News Recap

China has been at the forefront of cybersecurity news the past few weeks, so to catch you up, this Cyber Round Up will focus on China. China’s New Cyber Weapon (NYTimes Reports): In an apparent effort to take out services that allow China’s Internet users to view websites otherwise blocked in the country, China has turned […]

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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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