Cyber Roundup (5/15): Gen. Cartwright says U.S. must strut cyber might, Pentagon expands the DIB program, and cyber legislation update

A quick survey . . .

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Aliya Sternstein reported for Nextgov on remarks made by Gen. James Cartwright (architect of the DoD's current cyber strategy) concerning cybersecurity.  Notably, Gen. Cartwright argued that the U.S. must deter enemies from attacking U.S. networks by signaling the offensive might of the U.S. cyber arsenal.  The Gen. specifically said that "you have to scare them . . . [y]ou have to convince them that there is a price for any action that is counter to good order and discipline . . . [t]hat means you need an offensive capability." 

The Gen. made a number of other interesting remarks, check out the Nextgov article for the rest.

I love the General's thinking on this one.  No one is intimidated by really good network defenses.  If we demonstrate a willingness to hit back in conjunction with proper network defenses, then we have a great 1-2 punch for stopping cyberattacks.

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Jim Wolf reported for Reuters on the DoD's defense industrial base (DIB) program, an initiative where the DoD shares cyber threat information with defense contractors.  According to the article, the program may dramatically expand to over 8,000 contractors currently doing business with the DoD.  The program was previously capped at 36.  Interestingly, the Reuters article noted that 17 companies allow ISPs to scan all of their incoming traffic with the NSA's help.

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Brendan Sasso reported for The Hill on cybersecurity legislation.  According to The Hill, a bipartisan group of senators was going to meet to discuss cybersecurity, but postponed the meeting. 

Sort of ho-hum news, but I found it significant that senators are beginning to discuss the issue.  My hope is that passage of CISPA will push things along in the Senate.  A Senate aide had previously signaled that Democrats may be willing to bend on mandatory cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure.  If that's the case, we may see passage of a cybersecurity bill sooner rather than later.

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The Economist had an interesting article on CISPA.  The author was strongly against the bill, arguing that the NSA's potential role in the information sharing exchange is a danger to civil liberties. 

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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

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.

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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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