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In an Asymmetrical World: Mutually Assured Destruction Means Developed Nations are Disadvantaged

According to an article by Niall Ferguson which appeared in the Boston Globe, we are currently in a state of Cyber War.  This article, entitled “Cyber War I Has Already Begun,” discusses the the Russian hacks surrounding election time in the United States and posits that the largest issue is not whether or not Russia […]

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Report: Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity that was created earlier this year released its final report yesterday.   One article discussing  the report said it consists of 16 recommendations, including further cooperation between the government and private sector, a cyber security ambassador to the international community, and more “top-down” solutions to cyber that remove […]

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Russian Submarines Operating Near Trans-Oceanic Internet Cables while a Russian Relay Satellite Parks between Two U.S. INTELSAT Satellites

Russian Submarines Operating Near Trans-Oceanic Internet Cables Multiple news outlets have reported that Russian submarines have been cruising around in the vicinity of undersea cables, according to the  NY Times, the Washington Post, and The Register.  There is some speculation that this harkens back to Cold War era tactics of intimidation and demonstrations of force as Russia continues […]

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Cyber Round Up: Phishing Campaigns Target Critical Infrastructure, Energy Department Struck by Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity Danger is Growing

Phishing Campaigns Target Critical Infrastructure (The Hill): The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), released a report last week warning critical infrastructure providers about a nefarious spear-phishing campaign, according to The Hill.  According to the article, this campaign involves Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors initiating phishing e-mails that are targeting users within the energy, manufacturing, chemical, […]

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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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@War Book Review: “The Internet Has Become a Battlefield”

The current consensus in the cybersecurity realm is that the government and private industry need to improve cooperation and information sharing.  Shane Harris examines the pros and cons of this approach in his book @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex.  The book takes the reader on a historical journey behind America’s cybersecurity policies and through this journey […]

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Nation-State Cyberattacks are NOT Terrorism, asserts RAND expert

According to Martin C. Libicki, even when backed by nation-states, cyberattacks are not terrorism and should not be considered a national-security concern.  Do you agree? Libicki is a senior management scientist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND corporation.  In an article on the topic for Newsweek, Libicki defines terrorism as “the use of attacks to create […]

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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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