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Cyber Round Up: Clippinger on Blockchain; Microsoft wants ‘Digital Geneva’; House Chairman paints bleak cyber picture

Blockchain, Burning Man, and the Future of Governance: A Conversation with John Clippinger (Forbes):   An article this morning by Robert Wolcott, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network at Northwestern University, discusses Wolcott’s conversation with John Clippinger, who is the founder of the Institute for Data-Driven Design and a research scientist at MIT.   One […]

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Actual ECJ Decision Ruling Safe Harbour Invalid

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) recently announced its decision regarding the Safe Harbour System.  The full decision from the ECJ can be found here. A press release from the Court summarizing the decision is here: Key points from the ECJ decision include (among others): Safe Harbour does not adequately protect EU Citizens’ […]

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UN Group Releases Report on the International Security of Information and Communications Technologies

The 2015 Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security released its report containing recommendations to address threats that stem from the use of information and communications technologies (“ICTs”) by both states and non-states.  The group was composed of governmental experts from the United States, […]

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INSCT & NATO CCDCOE Holding Workshop on Human Rights in Cyberspace

After hosting a successful workshop on ‘Controlling Economic Cyber Espionage‘ in June 2015, the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence (“CCDCOE”) will host a second workshop in October 2015.  The two-day workshop, ‘Human Rights in Cyberspace‘, will focus on the applicability of International Human Rights Law (“IHRL”) in cyberspace.  Participants include […]

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Kerry on U.S. International Cybersecurity Policy: Full video

“The United States considers the promotion of an open and secure internet to be a key component of our foreign policy,” said Secretary of State John Kerry on May 18, 2015, in South Korea. Although the July 2011 Department of Defense Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace has already been replaced by The DoD Cyber Strategy, […]

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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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Cyber Round Up: Government Workers Responsible for Cyber-Incidents?; UK Research to Stop Flight Cyber Jacking; Cyber-Attack on U.S. Water Systems; New Cybersecurity Law in Japan; Israeli Researchers Remotely Hack a Car

To what extend have government workers been responsible for reported cyber-incidents? According to an article by the Associated Press, workers scattered across more than a dozen agencies, from the Defense and Education departments to the National Weather Service, are responsible for at least half of the federal cyber-incidents reported each year since 2010.  At a time when […]

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Cyber Round Up: Cyber Attack Simulations Promote Cybersecurity; Former NSA Official Views Recent White House Cyber Breach as Sign of Future Attacks; Chinese Officials Push for Tougher Enforcement of Cyber Governance; Navy’s Task Force Cyber Awakening; China Linked to Cyber Attacks on Hong Kong Protestors

The new strategy to bulk up cyber security: cyber attack simulations.  SCMagazine reports that cyber attack simulations can help organizations and industries stay, if not a step ahead, then on top of cyber threats and build a resilience.  Read the full article here. Joel Brenner, the former Inspector General for the National Security Agency (NSA), warned […]

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Cyber Round Up: White House Breach Linked to Russian Government; New Law Against Cyber Squatting in Nigeria; DHS Probes Cybersecurity Dangers in Medical Devices; New Report Links Cyber Espionage Group to Chinese Intelligence; Justice Official Speaks on Government-Business Cooperation to Improve Cybersecurity

The Washington Post reports that hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion.  However, the article also states that the intruders did not damage any of the systems and […]

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Cyber Round Up: President Obama Puts Focus Back on Cybersecurity; Cyber Sabotage by Digital Cat Burglars; Israel Aims to Become a Cybersecurity Superpower; South Korea Switches to Offensive Cyber Capabilities; Problems with Russia’s New Internet Policy; China Claims US Fabricating Cyber Accusations; Ninth Circuit Considers Overturning National Security Letters Ruling

According to FoxBusinessNews, when President Obama spoke at fundraising events in New York City and Connecticut last week, he tried to turn America’s focus away from Ebola and back towards what he described as one of the biggest threats to National Security: cyber terrorism.  FoxBusinessNews reported that after downplaying the Ebola scare, the president laid out a […]

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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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