Cyber Round Up: Cybersecurity in Federal Procurement, FTC to Police Cybersecurity, NIST Cyber Standards Report

  • Guidance Memorandum Drafted to Improve Cybersecurity (The National Law Review):  The Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) issued a draft memorandum aimed at improving cybersecurity protections in the Federal acquisitions sector.  The proposed guidance imposes requirements on two types of systems: 1) systems “operated on behalf of the government” such as data processing services; and 2) “internal contractor systems” used to provide a product or service for the government where Controlled Unclassified Information (“UCI”) is processed incidental to the performance of the contract.  The OBM advises the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) to include contract clauses that address five cyber-related areas: 1) security controls, 2) cyber incident reporting, 3) information system security assessments, 4) information security continuous monitoring, and 5) business due diligence. Read the full article here.
  • Cybersecurity Within FTC’s Purview (  On August 24, a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia held that the FTC has the authority to regulate corporate cyber security.  The ruling allows the FTC to pursue lawsuits against corporations for failing to properly protect consumers’ information.  This case involves hackers that breached hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp’s computer system stealing credit card and other customer information, leading to over $10.6 million in fraudulent charges.  Read the full article here.
  • NIST Publishes Cybersecurity Standards Objectives (The National Law Review):  The National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) published a draft of its objectives for cybersecurity standardization.  Instead of adopting government specific standards, the draft suggests that federal agencies should support development of international consensus standards in cybersecurity areas such as cryptographic techniques, IT system evaluation, identity management, network security, software assurance, and supply chain risk.  The report includes a matrix that may be used by agencies and industries as a roadmap for developing cybersecurity standards. Read the report here.
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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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