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Cyber Round Up: Suspected Hacking at State Department; Cyber Bill Linked to NSA Reform; Chinese Government Hackers Suspected of US Postal Cyber Breach; President Obama’s Plan for Net Neutrality; Chinese Hackers Breach Australian Media Organisations;

The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack, reports The News Tribune.  According to the report, a senior department official said Sunday that “activity of concern” was detected in the system around the same time as a […]

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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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Deputizing a Cyber Posse

“Since the time of Wyatt Earp, through the fighting of drug cartels in modern Mexico, there has been a recognized need in times of great societal imbalance or where specialized expertise is needed, for government to commission the support of the citizenry,” reports a recent Forbes’ article recommending the commission of a Cyber Posse. As […]

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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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The Internal Cybersecurity Struggle Between the Government and Private Industry

October is Cyber Awareness Month, which means that cyber news is in abundance.  However, the cyber issue that continues to gain the most attention is the evolving debate over the nature of the relationship between the federal government and private industry when it comes to cybersecurity.  Should the government be more involved in how private companies handle cybersecurity?  […]

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The Hidden War in Cyberspace

When sound was added to film between World War I and World War II, newsreels playing in movie theaters vividly portrayed the sights and sounds of American foreign battlefields, combat-footage, and invasions. We’ve become accustomed to relying on these images and videos in our television and print news media, to stay informed on war-related current […]

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Maryland Expands its Cybersecurity Dominance

CBS reports that recently Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Senator Barbara Mikulusk (D. Maryland) came together in the Maryland statehouse and created a partnership by bringing together federal, state and private industry actors to expand the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and move it into a permanent home. The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence was established in […]

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Cyber Roundup: iPhone 5s Fingerprint Sensor Hacked; New Cyberlaw in Pakistan Carries Penalty of Death; London Pros Participate in Cyber Simulation

IsTouchIDHackedYet, a site created by Nick DePetrillo and Robert David Graham, offered more than $16,000 in cash and other prizes to the first person to successfully hack the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the new iPhone 5S.  The winner was Starbug who pledged the funds to Raumfahrtagentur, a spinoff from CCC-Berlin. According to The New York […]

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Senate Moving Away From Comprehensive Approach to Cybersecurity?

Jacob Olcott, former counsel to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, believes the Senate will likely take a piecemeal approach to cyber legislation whereby all committees with cybersecurity interests or oversight will draft their own versions of a bill, according to Government Info Security. You can read or listen to an interview with Olcott […]

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India Reacts to Snowden Leak

In light of recent news of US cyber surveillance practices, The Times of India reports the Indian government will soon restrict its employees’ usage of Gmail and other email providers with US-based servers in an effort to increase security. IT Minister Kapil Sibal commented on the upcoming changes noting that all Indian government officials living […]

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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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