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

Sep 29th, 2013 Current Affairs, NSA, privacy

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 not sufficiently complied, according to Toledo Blade.
  • Phys Org recently reported on “breakthrough cryptography” research that was presented at the 18th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2013).  The paper builds on earlier collaborative efforts between the University of Bristol and Aarhus University (Denmark) to develop the SPDZ protocol (“Speedz”).  The SPDZ protocol allows the team to “compute functions in a secure manner, enabling possible applications in the finance, drugs and chemical industries where computation often needs to be performed on secret data.”
  • 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.'”  (Sound familiar?)
  • The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame will induct the following five nominees at next month’s ceremony, according to Network World: 1) Willis H/ Ware (“created the first definitive discussion of information system security”); 2) James Anderson (“effectively started the field of intrusion detection”); 3) Eugene Spafford (“with Eugene Kim developed the first free, over the Internet, intrusion detection system”); 4) David Bell (“co-authored . . . the most widely used security model”); and, 5) James Bidzos (“along with . . . Ron Rivest . . . built RSA into the premier cryptography company in the 1980s and 1990s”).  You can read fuller bios of each here.
  • Ultra Electronics has launched ” a government-grade, Layer 3 encryption device” that is specifically designed to prevent insider attacks and “counter[] the inadequate security that exposes networks and critical-edge devices to exploitation,” according to UPI.
  • reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) has designated Auburn University, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Mississippi State University, and the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.
  • General Dynamics Information Technology has beat out seventeen other companies to secure a five-year contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies to provide cybersecurity services, according to Zacks’ Analyst Blog.


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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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