6-week ONLINE course, Cybersecurity Law & Policy – enrollments now open!


Along with the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University, I am pleased to announce the opening of enrollment for a 6-week online course, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, that I will be teaching during February 13-March 30, 2012. Designed for mid-career professionals, participants will gain perspective on the current threats to national security from cyberspace and the challenges and complexities of addressing law and policy deficiencies.

This link takes you to a web page with a description of the course, as well as links to a PDF brochure, FAQs, and application materials.

From the INSCT website:

Cybersecurity Law and Policy provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary understanding of the scope and gravity of threats to U.S. interests in cyberspace, and the current debates on how to address this critical security challenge while upholding civil liberties.

This is not a computer science course. It provides the interdisciplinary awareness and dialogue that is necessary for developing a national strategy for assessing and protecting critical interests in cyberspace.

The course is of invaluable benefit to mid-career professionals in the public and private sectors seeking to understand cutting edge information and debates on cybersecurity.


• Introduction, Terminology, and the Nature of Cyberspace and Threats.
• Roles of International Law, the State, and the Private Sector in Cyberspace.
• Authentication and Identity Management.
• Speech, Privacy and Anonymity in Cyberspace.
• Current and Proposed U.S. Cyber Strategies.
• Law and Policy Proposals by Course Participants.


• Six week course (plus orientation week).
• Multiple formats for interactive learning.
• Weekly learning includes pre-assigned readings, instructor’s lecture (available for viewing at participants convenience), and a live class discussion.
• Submission of an original 5 to 7 page paper upon completion of the course.


Students with a passing grade will receive three Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Syracuse University as well as a Certificate of Completion through the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT).
Note: CEUs are not eligible for course credits toward the completion of any graduate degree at Syracuse University.

For more information or to apply for enrollment, go to: http://insct.syr.edu/academicprograms/online-education/cyber-security-law-policy/ .

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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. She is the 2018-9 Editor in Chief of the Syracuse Law Review, as well as a member of the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. 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. 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

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

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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