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Offensive Cyber Operations in US Military Doctrine

The term “offensive cyberspace operations (OCO)” has been added to the official Department of Defense lexicon, and the term is discussed in depth in a newly discovered Department of Defense doctrinal publication by the Joint Chiefs as Staff.  How is this term defined and when should the military resort to offensive cyberspace operations? See below for excerpts […]

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David House, DHS, and the Fourth Amendment Border Search Exception

As a supplement to yesterday’s post about David House and the controversy over the treatment of Fourth Amendment rights at the border, here’s a little summary of how constitutional law addresses electronic devices and the warrant requirement at U.S. borders. The Supreme Court has held that border searches are not subject to warrant provisions of […]

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Secretary Napolitano Gives Farewell Address, Briefly Warning of a Future “Cyber Event”

Last week, the resigning Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, gave her farewell address at the National Press Club. She discussed a number of key DHS initiatives, including immigration and Congress’s failure to pass the DREAM Act, and her views on the Department’s efforts to improve security in response to terrorist threats.  And while there […]

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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

Napolitano Presses U.S. Lawmakers To Act On Cybersecurity Bill: Bloomberg

On October 27th, 2011, Eric Engleman reported for Bloomberg Businessweek on how Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the DHS, urged Congres to pass cybersecurity legislation that would boost protection for critical infrastructure, transportation systems, and financial networks.  Specifically, Sec. Napolitano supports an Obama administration proposal designed to protect critical infrastructure, require companies to report data breaches […]

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U.S. Eyes Stronger Cyber Defenses For Small Businesses: Reuters

On October 24th, 2011, Jasmin Melvin reported for Reuters on how the FCC is attempting to help small businesses beef up defenses against cyber criminals.  Using a free online tool called Small Biz Cyber Planner, the FCC wants small business owners to create customized cybersecurity plans.  Consequently, small business owners are increasingly coming under cyberattack: […]

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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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Happy National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

To our dedicated readers of Crossroads, it's the most wonderful time of the year: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!  The Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC),  created National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2001 to help US citizens secure personally identifiable […]

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Oct 3rd, 2011 Current Affairs, education

Homeland Security tries to shore up nation’s cyber defenses: Washington Post

On October 1st, 2011, the Washington Post reported on how the Department of Homeland Security is training corporations on how to respond to cyberattacks.  Centered at the Idaho National Laboratory, the DHS tests the ability of companies to control systems for vulnerabilities, trains personnel to combat cyber threats and, if requested, dispatches “flyaway” teams to […]

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Pentagon extends cyberattack defense program: CBS News

On September 26th, 2011, CBS News reported on how the Pentagon is extending a pilot program to protect US defense contractors against cyberattack.  The program, which could serve as a model for other government agencies and critical infrastructure, seeks to harden the networks of defense contractors against attack.  To do so, the program has embraced […]

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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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