Cyber Round Up: Rudy Giuliani compares cybersecurity to cancer and hackers to the Mafia, U.S. Utilities worry about cyber coverage after Ukraine Attack, Congress Needs to Catch up on Cybersecurity Issues

  • Rudy Giuliani Compares Cybersecurity to Cancer and Hackers to the Mafia (MarketWatch): In a recent MarketWatch article, Giuliani, a prostate cancer survivor compared cybersecurity to cancer, saying that both present similar challenges and that early detection is vital to reducing damage.  Giuliani went on to say that cybercrime reminds him of the organized criminal networks that he pursued back in the 80’s, according to the article.  The article indicates that Giuliani’s move into cybersecurity reflects reluctance on the part of many CEO’s to hire traditional cybersecurity firms, especially those that are largely staffed by ex-hackers.  Giuliani’s approach was quite different as he decided to recruit from the ranks of ex-military  rather than looking at reformed hackers, the article stated.  The full article may be found here.


  • Continued Exposure for the U.S. Power Industry (Reuters): Jim Finkle reports in Reuters that U.S. utilities are closely examining their exposure and insurance coverage following the Ukraine power grid hack which was reportedly the first cyber attack to cause a physical  power outage.  The article indicates that a similar attack in the United States could devastate utilities and result in financial losses of more than $200 billion.  Several utilities, namely, American Electric Power Company, Duke Energy Corp., Nextera Energy, Inc., and PG&E Corp., have warned about their exposure to cyber risks in their annual reports provided to security regulators, according to the article.  Furthermore, the article states that a study by Lloyd’s of London and the University of Cambridge indicated that simultaneous malware attacks on just 50 generators in the Northeastern US could cut power to nearly 100 million people and result in $243 billion in economic damage and between $21 and $71 billion in insurance claims.  The full article is here.


  • Congress Needs to Catch up on Cybersecurity Issues (FCW): This article by Aisha Chowdhry credits Sen. Rob Johnson (R-Wis.) as saying that the U.S. is behind the curve on cybersecurity and the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 should have been passed years ago.  Johnson also indicated that our energy infrastructure is inadequately protected and no one is even talking about the use of electromagnetic pulse (“EMP”) weapons, according to the article.  The full text of the article is 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