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Military’s cyber chief backs increased oversight of critical infrastructure: Federal Times

On March 28th, 2012, Nicole Blake Johnson reported for the Federal Times on recent comments by CyberComm/NSA head Gen. Keith Alexander.  Specifically, the General testified that critical infrastructure owners are not even taking simple steps–such as installing updates and patches–to ensure basic cybersecurity.  Seeing that this is the case, the General recommended that privately owned […]

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New Cybersecurity Bill In The House

On December 6th, 2011, Tony Romm reported for Politico on how Rep. Dan Lungren is putting forward another cybersecurity bill in the House.  This bill is different from the Rogers-Ruppersberger bill.  According to the article, the Lungren bill will create a nonprofit "National Information Sharing Organization" where "critical infrastructure operators, private companies, educational institutions, and […]

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Dec 6th, 2011 Legislation

Should DHS Control The Electric Grid? CNET

On Dec. 5th, 2011, Don Reisinger wrote for CNET on a recent MIT study that concluded the US power grid should be controlled by a single entity.  According to the article, the MIT researchers concluded that the "many stakeholders involved in maintaining the U.S. electrical grid aren't working together."  As a result, there is no […]

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Dec 5th, 2011 regulation

America’s Critical Infrastructure Security Response System Is Broken: NetworkWorld

On December 1st, 2011, Ellen Messmer wrote for NetworkWorld on how the broken security response system for America's critical infrastructure led to the media firestorm over Springfield's burnt out water pump.  Again, the initial story was that hackers had broken into a Springfield water utility and destroyed a water pump; the DHS/FBI concluded that the […]

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Dec 3rd, 2011 cyber attack

I Broke Into A Water Plant: CBS

It's just not a good weekend for water utilities. On November 18th, 2011, Elinor Mills reported for CBS News on how a hacker broke into a South Houston water utility.  The hacker, who calls himself "prof", claims that he hacked the SCADA system (again, the system that controls the utility's physical infrastructure) at the Houston […]

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Nov 19th, 2011 cyber attack

Did Hackers Destroy Part Of A City Water Station?

Well, we knew this day was coming.  On November 18th, 2011, Kim Zetter reported for Wired on how hackers may have taken control of a city water utility in Springfield, Illinois, and then proceeded to destroy a water pump.  The hackers were discovered when water district employees kept having problems with the computer system that […]

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Nov 18th, 2011 cyber attack

Department Of Energy Releases Cybersecurity Roadmap

I missed this when it first came out, but better late than never.  In a September 15th, 2011 press release, the US Department of Energy released its 2011 Roadmap to Achieve Energy Delivery Systems Cybersecurity.  The DOE billed the report as the outline for "a strategic framework over the next decade among industry, vendors, academia […]

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Nov 17th, 2011 Official Policy, regulation

Cybersecurity Of Powergrid Chaotic: Montreal Gazette

On November 15th, 2011, Ian Macleod reported for the Montreal Gazette on how the "the cyber-security of the North American power grid is in a state of near chaos."  This according to a report from Pike Research, a US energy consultant.  The report stated that a $60 smart phone application can infiltrate computer networks within […]

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Nov 16th, 2011 cyber attack

Science Fiction-Style Sabotage A Fear In New Hacks: AP

On October 23rd, 2011, Jordan Robertson reported for the AP on how cyberattacks are quickly transitioning from the digital to the physical realm.  Using Stuxnet as an example, Robertson highlighted how the ability to hack computer systems and damage physical property is not exclusively in the possession of nation-states; worms similar to Stuxnet can be […]

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On anniversary of 9/11, cyberattacks pose national threat: Computerworld

On September 7th, 2011, Jaikumar Vijayan wrote for Computerworld on how the United States still faces a critical threat to its security from cyberattacks.  Mr. Vijayan referenced a new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Security Preparedness Group (NSPG) which assesses the progress that the public sector has made in implementing the security recommendations […]

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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

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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