“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 the U.S. Government.  The article goes into a fair amount of detail, covering many more points than I offer here, and I invite you to read the full text.  Here, I only offer an abbreviated account of some of her key themes:

  • There has been a significant increase in U.S. military cyber operations and defense contractors in order to support cyber defense efforts.  This boom brings on its own set of issues, including: (1) reliance on civilian contractors, such as Snowden, to fill large gaps in the number of “cyberwarriors” needed by the military; (2) questions over the proper role and scope of military efforts in domestic cyber security (as Steven Aftergood puts it “U.S. military agencies that have a tendency to expand their scope of activities, but never retreat”); and, (3) raised fiscal concerns and questions about the proper use of limited defense funds.
  • The need for additional cyberwarriors means the need for a highly specialized and complex skillset.  Mulrine questions the government’s ability to keep cyber talent in the public sector when high-paying firms are also looking to recruit.
  • The military has employed an offensive as well as defensive scheme in response to cyber threat.  To that end, Mulrine writes about the concerns some have expressed over teaching teenaged cadets how to hack and attack networks.
  • The last of Mulrine’s points I’ll emphasize is about the private sector’s role in all of this.  With the recent release of information tending to show the NSA secretly paid private domestic companies for clandestine access to their networks, Mulrine writes, there is a concern about turning “surveillance into a revenue stream” (to quote Marc Rotenburg).  There is also the often-raised issue over hackback and the legality of companies striking back.

Again, you can find the full article here.

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

  1. […] Mission Mode’s blog reports ten principles aimed at guiding companies in properly responding to cyber incidents, as articulated by Harvard Business Review.  Some of the ideas included, “establish[ing] processes for making major decisions, such as when to isolate compromised areas of the network[,]” “maintain[ing] relationships with key external stakeholders, such as law enforcement[,]” and “train[ing], practic[ing], and run[ning] simulated breaches to develop response ‘muscle memory.’”  (Does that sound familiar?) […]

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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.

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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