Cyber Roundup: Russia’s Cyberstrategy Open for Comment; UK Launches “Cyber Streetwise” Campaign; Apple Co-Founder Speaks on Behalf of Xiaomi, Inc.

  • Russia’s Defense Ministry has opened up its new cyberstrategy for public comment.  Entitled “Conceptual Views Regarding the Activity of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the Information Space,” Lawfare Blog reports that the concept has three main points: control, prevention, and solution of cyber conflicts.  However, there is no mention in the strategy of Russia’s offensive cyber efforts. (I tried to track down a copy of the strategy, but couldn’t find a document that had been fully translated into English.  Lawfare Blog’s post includes translated portions, however.)
  • BBC News reports that the UK government has launched a campaign urging small businesses to become “cyber streetwise” in an effort to change the way entities view their online safety and security.  According to BBC News, “Findings from the government’s most recent National Cyber Security Consumer Tracker suggested many people did not take simple actions to protect themselves online.”  This research comes at a time when, as Gary Fairley, cyber and digital lead at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), said, cyber criminals are shifting their attention to smaller business enterprises.
  •  Xiaomi, Inc., the startup out of China, hired Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to appear at “Lei Jun & Woz Tech Talk,” an event to promote Xiaomi.  Wozniak is quoted as saying Xiaomi’s products are “excellent” and “good enough to crack the American market,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • The Wall Street Journal also recently published an article discussing whether retailers or consumers truly bear the burden in the event of a cyber breach.  According to the report, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are expected to address the issue at a Senate banking committee hearing in the coming weeks.  The article continues, “Banks have in the past sued to recoup their costs, and large retailers have at times reimbursed financial firms to avoid lawsuits.”
  • Lastly, The Hacker News reports that some ASUS router users in Sweden have uncovered a vulnerability that allows hackers or other cyber attackers to access the router-user’s Hard Drive remotely and from any part of the world.  This vulnerability “could result in complete system compromise, exposing [the user’s] private pictures and files.”
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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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