Cyber Round Up: Cyber Hygiene Bill Introduced, CyberSecurity: An Important Element of Foreign Policy, Cybersecurity Litigation: Regulation and Legislation

  • House Dem. Eshoo Introduces Cyber Hygiene Bill (The Hill): Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the “Promoting Good Cyber Hygiene Act” which would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to create voluntary guidelines for securing networks, according to the article.  The article states that the guidelines would be freely available on a public website and adoption of any or all of the guidelines would be completely voluntary.  While Eshoo acknowledges that much of the information would be very basic, it is a “scary truth” that up to 90 percent of breaches occur because of failure to adopt basic and rudimentary guidelines, such as modifying default passwords, according to the article.  The full text of the article can be found here.
  • Cybersecurity: An Important Element of Foreign Policy (The Indian Express): India’s Deputy National Security Advisor Arvind Gupta stated that the use of trade to influence regimes and to restrict the flow of cybersecurity products and technologies is a concern, especially for developing areas, according to the Indian Express.  Gupta further stated that cyber diplomacy’s growing importance is largely evidenced by the high level talks between and amongst the following nations: the U.S., China, India, France, Japan, Australia, Germany, the U.K., according to the article.  The article also indicated that Gupta looked at the current high level talks between the U.S. and China as further indications that cyberspace is gaining equal footing with land, sea, air, and space as a relevant and important domain of concern amongst nations.  The full article can be found here.
  • Cybersecurity Litigation: The Tip of the Iceberg, Part Two: Regulation and Legislation (Inside Counsel):  According to Inside Counsel, three cybersecurity bills are currently pending in Congress, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 754) , the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R. 1560), and the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731).  It is expected that some form of these bills will actually end up passing the Senate this year, the article continued.  According to the article, both critics and supporters of these bills believe that they may actually weaken cybersecurity and sacrifice consumer privacy.  Specifically, the article explained that the bills merely require that “reasonable efforts” be taken to remove personally identifiable information (PII) prior to sharing information.  Further, the bills provide broad litigation protection for companies, according to the article.  Inside Counsel reports that the effect of  “sweeping liability protections” may remove incentives for companies to safeguard consumer’s PII, and would therefore weaken overall cybersecurity.  The full text of the article can be found 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. 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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