Archive for March, 2014

Cyber Dialogue 2014 (Day 2 of 2)

Following yesterday’s introduction and preparation on day 1 of the Cyber Dialogue 2014, the conference participants started day 2 in their assigned working groups, covering specific challenges to effective oversight mechanisms (group 1: “From Surveillance to Cyber War: What are the Limits and Impacts?”), or more general topics like viable governance models (group 5: “Power Shift? […]

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Cyber Dialogue 2014 (Day 1 of 2)

Yesterday (March 30) and today (March 31), the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs of the University of Toronto convened the Cyber Dialogue 2014, the last of a series of 4 annual conferences on cyber security and governance. Informed by the motion “After Snowden, Whither Internet Freedom?“, the convention […]

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Mar 31st, 2014 Current Affairs, future

Sec Def’s Speech the First Live NSA HQ Broadcast

In a speech by Chuck Hagel at the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland last Friday, the Defense Secretary stated that while the United States’ mission is not to “militarize” cyberspace, the Pentagon does have plans to increase our nation’s defenses against network attacks, including nearly tripling the U.S. […]

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Obama Unveils NSA Proposal

Yesterday, the White House released a Fact Sheet detailing the specific steps the Obama Administration proposes to take in order to “implement the transition” that would “end the Section 215 Bulk Telephony Metadata Program as it previously existed and establish a new mechanism to preserve the capabilities we need without the government holding this bulk […]

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Mar 28th, 2014 Current Affairs, Law, NSA

10th Annual Conference on National and International Security THIS Saturday

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Syracuse University College of Law’s Student Association on Terrorism and Security Analysis (SATSA) is an interdisciplinary graduate and law student association dedicated to the critical analysis of terrorism, counterterrorism policy, and national and international security issues.  This Saturday, March 29 from 8:30am until 4:00pm, SATSA will […]

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Bruce Fein on “Snowden the Patriot” and Fourth Amendment Erosion

While at UCLA Law School recently, former Reagan administrator and part of the muscle behind a class-action lawsuit to declare National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs unconstitutional, Bruce Fein, was asked to comment on one of the hottest questions of the day–Is Edward Snowden a patriot or a traitor?  As the Atlantic reports, Fein’s response […]

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Cyber Round Up: Scalia, the 4th Amendment, and Cyberspace; NATO’s sites hacked; NSA’s phone call recording program

Last week, NATO reported that several of its public websites had been hacked.  An article on the incident by Reuters explains that the attack appeared to be linked to the growing tensions in Crimea.  However, the article continues, most services have since been restored.  One NATO official commented on the incident by saying: It doesn’t […]


Exploit Sales: The Unnoticed Side of the Trade in Surveillance Technologies

The Issue Last week, London-based surveillance watchdog Privacy International raised awareness of governments’ and private spyware suppliers’ engagement in an unregulated market that supplies them with intelligence on security flaws of widely-used software. Such exclusive knowledge about generally unknown vulnerabilities is a crucial part of any cyber eavesdropping operation. It allows the operator to access […]

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Air Force Engaged in Offensive Cyber Operation

Last week, Secrecy News reported on a secret execute order (EXORD) that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) issued to authorize and launch a military operation conducted by the Air Force (AF) in cyberspace. Further details of the classified EXORD of last June and on the operation remain undisclosed.  It become known as a […]

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State Health Exchange Websites Pose Security Challenges

At the end of last month, the Associated Press released an exclusive report stemming from the release of various documents by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and tending to highlight major security concerns over the beginning of open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace. Here’s an oversimplified description of the way it works. […]

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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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