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Cyber Round Up: Home Depot $19.5MM Settlement, Flying Blind: F-35 Devoid of Cybersecurity Assessment, ICANN55 Underway

Home Depot Breach Victims Reach $19.5 Million Settlement (The Hill): According to an article by Cory Bennett, Home Depot has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle a consumer lawsuit that arose out of the 2014 data breach that exposed data of more than 50 million customers.  While only $6.5 million will be used for […]

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Pentagon Charged with Security Clearance Data Protection

Following the massive data breach involving the Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) which compromised approximately 22 million security clearance records of federal employees and contractors, the Obama administration has tasked the Department of Defense (“DOD”) with overhauling the background investigation process, Nextgov reported. This move shifts the responsibility to protect security clearance information from the OPM, the agency that spearheaded the effort at the […]

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Cyber Round Up: Juniper VPN Code Exploit, Obama to Sign New Cybersecurity Bill, Verizon ePHI Report Watch

Secret Code Found in Juniper’s Firewalls Shows Risk of Government Backdoors (Wired):  A recent article by Kim Zetter indicates that Juniper Networks revealed that it had found “unauthorized” code embedded in the operating system (“OS”) running some of Juniper’s firewalls.  Zetter’s article states that this nefarious code dates back to at least 2012 and it […]

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Cybersecurity Consideration for Businesses in a Post-Wyndham World

Top 10 Cybersecurity Tips for Businesses Following FTC v. Wyndham (LegalTechNews):  Matthew Nelson wrote an article for LegalTech News regarding the standard of care businesses are expected to meet following the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) v. Wyndham case.  According to the article, the FTC has relied on § 5 of the FTC Act to obtain […]

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Cyber Round Up: Target Pays $39M for Data Breach Settlement, GCHQ Accused of ‘Persistent’ Illegal Hacking at Security Tribunal, The Evolution of DDoS Attacks in 2015

Target Pays $39M To Settle Card Issuers’ Data Breach Claims (Law360): According to Law360, Target Corp. has agreed to a $39M settlement related to a data breach of over 40M payment cards used at Target in 2013.  Law360 reports that up to $20.25M will be paid to settlement class members while  $19.1M will be paid […]

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Cyber Round Up: New Tool Estimates Cost of Data Breach, Former FBI Cyber Chief Sees Worsening Threat Outlook, SEC Targets CCOs for Cybersecurity Lapses

New Tool Allows Companies to Estimate the Costs of a Data Breach (MarketWatch): According to the article by MarketWatch, PivotPoint Risk Analytics launched a product designed to help organizations quantify their cybersecurity risk by estimating the actual dollar cost of a breach. The article states that PivotPoint uses a questionnaire to examine areas such as: […]

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Cyber Round Up: Cyberspace Becoming a Strategic Liability — WH Cybersecurity Coordinator, SEC Steps Up Cybersecurity Enforcement, Navy Establishes Cybersecurity Division

Cyberspace Becoming a Strategic Liability — WH Cybersecurity Coordinator (Fiercegovernmentit.com):  According to an article by FierceGovernmentIT, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel spoke at the National Cybersecurity Alliance and Fido Alliance on October 6.  In his keynote address, Mr. Daniel explained that cyber vandalism, the act of using cyber intrusions to embarrass targets, are “the […]

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OPM Data Breach Possibly part of Larger Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)

Forbes reports that it now appears that the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM) data breach may have been part of a larger cyber strategy.  Whereas the original OPM data breach resulted in the compromise of over 21M comprehensive personnel files that contained extensive personally identifiable information (PII) that was stored within 120+ page SF-86 […]

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Cyber Round Up: OPM Breach Worse than Previously Thought, ISIL Threatens UK With Cyber Attack, Chinese President Stresses Cooperation with US

More Fingerprints Stolen In OPM Breach (Dow Jones Newswire):  The Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) recently announced that the hackers who breached their system stole 5.6 million fingerprint records, according to the Dow Jones Newswire.  Previously, OPM estimated that 1.1 million people had their fingerprints stolen, the newswire reported.  The article reported that according to a spokesperson […]

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Cyber Round Up: Sony Settles Breach Suit, Cyber Command Vision Statement Released, U.S.-EU Data Protection Agreement

Sony Settles Data Breach Lawsuit (Techtimes.com):  Sony Pictures Entertainment (“SPE”) reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against by former employees, Tech Times reports.  The suit alleged that SPE was negligent in protecting its system against a breach, resulting in the data breach that resulted in the online theft of the employees’ personal […]

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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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