Cybersecurity: Selected Legal Issues – CRS

Someone has leaked a March 14, 2012, Congressional Research Service report entitled Cybersecurity: Selected Legal Issues. (Such leaks are a daily occurrence and likely done by a member of Congress, but the institution as a whole has never authorized the routine release of CRS reports to the taxpayers.) Topics include:

Legal Issues Related to Protecting Critical Infrastructure

Deference to Agency Decisions

Availability of Judicial Review

Questions of Fact

Interpretations of Law

Liability Concerns

Proprietary and Confidential Business Information

Legislation in the 112th Congress

H.R. 3674, the PRECISE Act of 2011

S. 2105, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012

Legal Issues Related to the Protection of Federal Networks


EINSTEIN and the Fourth Amendment

Monitoring Communications from Federal Employees

Monitoring Communications from Private Persons to Federal Employees

Alternative to Traditional Warrant Requirement

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight

Legislation in the 112th Congress

S. 2105, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012

Legal Issues Related to Sharing Cybersecurity Threat Information

Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Antitrust Law

Liability for Information Sharing

Protection of Proprietary or Confidential Business Information

Legislation in the 112th Congress

H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011, As Ordered Reported

H.R. 3674, PRECISE Act

S. 2102, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2012

S. 2105, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012

S. 2151, the SECURE IT Act


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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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