Cyber attacks on utilities, industries rise: Boston Globe

On September 29th, 2011, Douglas Birch reported for the Boston Globe on how U.S. utilities and other crucial industries face an increasing number of cyber break-ins by attackers.  U.S. officials have long feared that future wars will include cyber attacks on power plants, pipelines and air traffic control systems.  Acting DHS Deputy Undersecretary Greg Schaffer told reporters that "We are connecting equipment that has never been connected before to these global networks.  Disgruntled employees, hackers and perhaps foreign governments are knocking on the doors of these systems and there have been intrusions." 

According to DHS, the number of private organizations asking for the department's help in protecting their automated control systems rose from 57 last year to 81 so far this year.  Furthermore, DHS' Computer Emergency Response Team for industrial systems was deployed six times in 2010, as opposed to once in 2009.  In 2011, the Emergency Response Team has already been deployed seven times for attacks on industrial control systems. 

DHS currently performs research on how cyber attacks can affect industrial control systems at the Idaho National Laboratory.  Interestingly, some have theorized that research at Idaho National Laboratory was focused on studying the vulnerabilities of Iranian industrial control systems, possibly aiding in the development of Stuxnet.  In a 2007 test dubbed "Aurora", government hackers from the Idaho National Laboratory were able to break into the control system running a large diesel generator, causing it to self-destruct.  James Lewis, a former State Department official now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said that before Aurora, the notion of cyber warfare "was mainly smoke and mirrors. But the Aurora tests showed that, you know what? We have a new kind of weapon."

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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

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Anna Maria Castillois 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

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