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Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption fight

A report today from Reuters tells the story of how the NSA’s efforts to lead the way for international encryption standards were shut down by several other members in the international community.  The story explains how several other nations were distrustful of the standards proposed to the International Organization of Standards by the U.S. because […]

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Sep 21st, 2017 encryption, NSA

Cyber Command elevated to Unified Combatant Command

Still dual-hatted, or not?  We’ve been reporting on this issue for years, but it is hard to tell from this statement. The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release August 18, 2017 Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command I have directed that United States Cyber Command […]

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Cyber Round Up: Hacking in Outer-Space; N.Korea and Cyber; Shadow Brokers and NSA

Outer-Space Hacking a Top Concern for NASA’s Cybersecurity Chief (Bloomberg Law):  Many of NASA’s projects in space have lasted longer than they ever expected, which causes problems when it comes to security.  A recent article explained that while the longevity of these projects provides masses of valuable information, it is only a matter of time before someone […]

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Syracuse University #1 ranked cyber security program by Military Times

Syracuse University came out on top in new rankings for the best college cyber security programs.  Military Times produced the rankings, which had University of Nebraska-Omaha, Drexel University, Bellevue University, and University of Maryland finishing two through five, respectively. An article discussing the results and methodology explained that several factors were taken into consideration. One […]

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Cyber Round Up: Challenges for Rob Joyce; Proposal gives DHS $1.5 billion for cyber; Congressman wants cyber version of National Guard

Challenges Ahead For New White House Cybersecurity Advisor (Forbes): Commentary earlier this week addressed some of the many challenges that will be facing recently appointed cyber security adviser Rob Joyce.  The article labeled the former NSA hacker as “the poster child for. . . distrust” that is so commonly associated with the NSA in the post-Snowden era. […]

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Cyber Round Up: Hackers Breach Election Systems; FBI Says Foreign Hackers Penetrated Election Systems; Of Course Everyone’s Already Using the Leaked NSA Exploits

Officials: Hackers Breach Election Systems in IL, AZ (CNN): according to a recent CNN report hackers successfully breached election system databases in Illinois and Arizona.  CNN reports that hackers were able to access and compromise 200,000 personal voter records.  However, the Board of Elections stated that they have a high level of confidence that none […]

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Cyber Round Up: NSA Planning Reorganization; U.S. Looking to Relax Software Export Regulation; Defense Secretary Highlights Tech Priorities for 2017

NSA Planning Reorganization (The Washington Post): The National Security Agency (“NSA”) is reportedly planning a reorganization, according to The Washington Post. The article suggests that the reorganization, referred to as “NSA21”, will be publicly announced soon. The reorganization is focused on breaking down walls between organizations within the agency and developing a more collaborative environment, the article explained. […]

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Cyber Round Up: PLA Cyberespionage Operations Decrease, Bulk Collection Under Section 215 Now Prohibited, Hackers take Advantage during the Season of Giving

Chinese PLA Cyberespionage Operations Decrease (Washington Post):  According to a report by the Washington Post, the Chinese military has decreased its cyberespionage activities against U.S. commercial assets since the Department of Justice indicted five People’s Liberation Army (“PLA”) officers.  The PLA has not “substantially reengaged in commercial cyberespionage” since the charges were announced in May 2015, […]

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Cyber Round Up: ‘Human Rights in Cyberspace’ — CCDCOE NATO Report, NSA Reports it Releases Most Zero-day Vulnerabilities, Australia Submarine Project Experiences Hacking Attempts

‘Human Rights in Cyberspace’ — NATO CCD COE Report (CCDCOE NATO):  The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (“CCDCEO”) and the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism (“INSCT”) hosted a workshop on October 1st and 2nd on Human Rights in Cyberspace, according to the CCDCOE.  The workshop resulted in a report containing the findings […]

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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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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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