Archive for September, 2013

Cyber Roundup: DHS Awards Cybersecurity Contract, CNIL Sanctions Google, Five Cyber Pros Inducted into Hall of Fame, NSA Designates Schools of Academic Excellence in Cyber

Here’s a recap of what has been going on in cyber news lately: Following a June decision that required Google Inc. to be more forthcoming with the data it collects about users, France’s National Commission on Computing and Freedom (CNIL) has imposed a 300K euro (more than $400K) sanction on the company, finding Google has […]

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Sep 29th, 2013 Current Affairs, NSA, privacy

Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources (CRS Report)

Here’s a recently published CRS report on congressional authority and involvement in key cybersecurity issues.  The report, by Information Research Specialist Rita Tehan, also includes relevant resources, data, and statistics.   Please follow and like us:

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Sep 28th, 2013 Law, Legislation

New Academy for Leadership in International Affairs

Although there is no specific mention of cyber issues, I expect that the new Academy for Leadership in International Affairs founded by Chatham House would be open to a proposal concerning cyber security.  From the Chatham House website: The Academy offers potential and established leaders from around the world the opportunity to spend up to […]

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Sep 27th, 2013 education, future

Orin Kerr and Jennifer Granick Debate: Metadata and the Fourth Amendment

In keeping with the Fourth Amendment theme this week, I thought it would be timely to take a look at this interesting exchange. Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, and Professor Orin Kerr of George Washington University Law School have begun a lively debate on the constitutionality […]


David House, DHS, and the Fourth Amendment Border Search Exception

As a supplement to yesterday’s post about David House and the controversy over the treatment of Fourth Amendment rights at the border, here’s a little summary of how constitutional law addresses electronic devices and the warrant requirement at U.S. borders. The Supreme Court has held that border searches are not subject to warrant provisions of […]

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ACLU Releases Documents Detailing DHS Search and Seizure Practices at the Border

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released a series of government documents obtained by its client, David House, as a result of his lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). House, a friend of Chelsea Manning, filed suit against DHS after his laptop, USB drive, and camera were seized by U.S. customs officials […]

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Phishing Attack Simulations: Utility, Value, and Ethics

One commonly discussed method of private cybersecurity training is phishing attack simulations.  However, as a comment by Joe Ferrara of Wombat Security describes, the process of implementing such a method is not exactly black and white. Pointing to the 2013 Security Threat report released by Sophos, Ferrara reports that 85% of information security professionals support […]

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Sep 21st, 2013 education, future

Cyber Roundup: NIST gives $7M in Grant Money to Private Pilot Projects, Brazilian Hackers Mix Up “NASA” and “NSA,” Lavabit Closes, Teen Argentinian “Superhacker” Arrested

Here’s a little roundup to wind down your Thursday night: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which oversees the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), has delegated over $7 million in grant money to the pilot programs of five private sector organizations, according to Fierce Government IT.  Similarly, ZDNet reports that […]

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Sep 19th, 2013 anonymity, Current Affairs

FISA Court Releases Declassified Order Upholding NSA Phone Program

An August 29th opinion by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) upheld the legality of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) practice of gathering U.S. citizen phone records (call data records or telephony metadata) in support of authorized investigations to protect against international terrorism and concerning various international terrorist organizations.  The opinion was recently declassified and […]


“Cyber Security: The New Arms Race for a New Front Line”—CSM

In the wake of former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s warning of a possible “cyber Pearl Harbor,” the U.S. military is making every effort to prepare to defend against catastrophe in cyberspace.  Anna Mulrine’s article, “Cyber Security: The new arms race for a new front line,” details some of the specific actions being taken by […]

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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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