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Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Here is the text of the White House news release: The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 13, 2016 President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: General Keith Alexander, USA (Ret) […]

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Obama Executive Order — Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Today, 2/9/16, U.S. President Obama issued an executive order creating a commission on enhancing national security.  Note that it resides within the Department of Commerce, not the military or the Department of Homeland Security.  The official text: For Immediate Release February 09, 2016 Executive Order — Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity EXECUTIVE ORDER – – […]

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Executive Order — Establishment of the Federal Privacy Council

Today, 2/9/16, U.S. President Obama issued this executive order: For Immediate Release February 09, 2016 Executive Order — Establishment of the Federal Privacy Council EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FEDERAL PRIVACY COUNCIL By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the […]

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Feb 9th, 2016 privacy, White House

White House Announces “Cybersecurity National Action Plan”

The Obama Administration has released a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (“CNAP”) that will provide the nation with a long-term strategy to “enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections, protect privacy, maintain public safety as well as economic and national security, and empower Americans to take better control of their digital security,” according to a White House press release. This long-term […]

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Actual US-China MOU Following President Xi Visit

Following Chinese President Xi’s visit to the U.S. last week, we have found little actual material specifically pointing to an agreement on economic cyber espionage activity between the U.S. and China.  As of today, we have the White House Fact Sheet, the joint statement from U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, […]

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Cyber Round Up: Obama Administration and Smartphone Encryption, Forcing Suspects to Reveal Phone Passwords is Unconstitutional, China Cybersecurity Agreement Will Leave U.S. Companies Vulnerable

The Obama Administration Explored ways to Bypass Smartphone Encyryption (The Washington Post):  An Obama administration task force explored available options to allow law enforcement to access encrypted communications, according to the article.  The Washington Post reported that the task force developed a set of principles to guide the use of, and access to encrypted information […]

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Draft AUMF from White House

On February 11, 2015, the President of the United States sent a letter to Congress “submitting a draft AUMF that would authorize the continued use of military force to degrade and defeat ISIL.”  Recall that past Authorizations for Military Force (AUMF) have been cited by the White House as authority for electronic surveillance as “signals […]

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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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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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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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