Cyber Round Up: Obama’s $19B Cybersecurity Plan, US IT Professionals Overconfident in Cyberattack detection, Secure Your Plant: Managing Risk Posed by Hackers that Target IIOT

  • Obama’s $19B Cybersecurity plan takes aim at cybercrime, underscores skills gap (SearchCIO): President Obama recently unveiled a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (“CNAP”) which is a highlight of the budget being proposed for the 2017 fiscal year, according to a SearchCIO article by Francesca Sales. The article indicates that some of the key areas of CNAP include: (1) an increase in federal cybersecurity funding of 35%, (2) a $3.1B plan to overhaul the government’s legacy IT systems and servers, (3) Research & Development initiatives to build next-gen cybersecurity technologies, (4) the creation and appointment of a Federal Chief Information Security Officer (“CISO”), and (5) the creation of a corps of cybersecurity professionals many of which will be recruited from the private sector.  The full article can be found here.
  • US IT Professionals overconfident in Cyberattack detection ( A recent study of IT professionals revealed that nearly 2/3 of respondents were uncertain of how long it would take automated tools to generate an alert, whereas 23% stated that only 90% of the hardware assets deployed on their networks are automatically discovered, according to the article by Warwick Ashford.  Furthermore, nearly half of the survey-takers who worked for the federal government said that even within a 15-30 period, not all detected vulnerabilities are remediated, according to the article. Equally alarming, and related to users exceeding their authorized privileges, approximately 2/5 of mid-market entities do not detect all attempts to access files on local or network-accessible file shares by users that do not have the appropriate privileges, according to the article, the full text of which can be found here.
  • Secure Your Plant: Managing Risk Posed by Hackers that Target IIOT (PLANT Advancing Canadian Manufacturing): As though there weren’t enough fears surrounding US and international infrastructure, a recent article by PLANT indicates that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) introduces an enhanced risk by remote hackers that can infiltrate a plant’s network and wreak havoc.  The article indicates that the existing and continued adoption of industrial controls (“IC”) systems which were originally built for sustainability and not cybersecurity represent an emerging cyber threat for industrial facilities. This article states that this threat is more than theoretical as witnessed by a German steel factory that experienced a targeted attack that caused severe physical damage to the facility.  Apparently, the attackers gained access to the factory’s computerized operational controls and production networks and disrupted the control operations for a blast furnace which caused an explosion and massive damage to the system, 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