China Adopts New Regulations in an Attempt to Boost Cybersecurity

In a not so surprising twist, the Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring technology companies, such as Apple, Inc., to allow security inspections of their products prior to entering them into the market, according to the New York Times. These security audits are designed to ensure that products that will be used in the nation, including in highly sensitive sectors like the banking industry, military and government agencies, do not have backdoors accessible by foreign nations reported Bloomberg. Any product not deemed to be “safe and controllable” will be banned, the article added. These measures, which were approved last year, will go into effect this year, the article reported.

This news closely follows British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent announcement of his support for the ban on encrypted forms of communication. Bloomberg further reported that the Chinese government is justifying its latest move by citing national security reasons, the same reasoning behind Cameron’s support for a ban on encrypted communications. These regulations are also aimed at purging foreign technologies from the nation’s key industries by 2020, adds the article. However, foreign companies maintain that this latest move is simply an attempt to force them out of the Chinese market, the New York Times reported.

Apple, Inc. which has recently announced that it plans to release products containing encryption that is impossible even for the company to undo, has actually agreed to comply with China’s latest regulations, the Telegraph reported. The invasiveness of these measures are quite alarming, specifically the requirement that companies provide the Chinese government secret source codes for their products, The New York Times added. This is especially troubling because of China’s extensive history of economic espionage, namely the PLA’s Unit 61398, believed to have been responsible for stealing technologies from five American companies, adds the report. The report further stated that this is just the latest in a series of measures that is widening the division between the internet available to the Chinese market and the internet available to the rest of the world.

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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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