Cyber Round Up: Home Depot $19.5MM Settlement, Flying Blind: F-35 Devoid of Cybersecurity Assessment, ICANN55 Underway

  • Home Depot Breach Victims Reach $19.5 Million Settlement (The Hill): According to an article by Cory Bennett, Home Depot has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle a consumer lawsuit that arose out of the 2014 data breach that exposed data of more than 50 million customers.  While only $6.5 million will be used for identify protection services for breach victims, the remaining $13 million will be used to create a reimbursement fund for affected consumer, according to the article.  Furthermore, Home Depot has agreed to enhance its data security practices and to that end will hire a Chief Information Security Officer (“CISO”) to lead its security efforts, according to the article.  {Editor’s note: Home Depot hired a CISO, Jamil Farshchi, back in March, 2015}.  The full text of the article can be found here.
  • 2015f35jsfFlying Blind: F-35’s RADAR Software Fails in the Air (TheRegister): Richard Chirgwin reports in The Register, that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (“JSF”) has run into another software bug that requires RADAR restarts during flight operations.  According to the article, this was discovered in 2015 and Lockheed-Martin expects to roll out a patch later this month.  The article also indicates that Dr. Keith Joiner, the former Australian Defense Force Director-General for test and evaluation has indicated that the F-35 has not completed cybersecurity testing.  Dr. Joiner raises some alarms given the fact that the most technologically sophisticated and software reliant flight system in the world hasn’t been tested against cybersecurity.  {Editor’s Note: building a JSF which would presumably be used in conflict zones and failing to assess its cybersecurity seems somewhat problematic.  I am not a pilot but I have to imagine operating such an aircraft and having something like the RADAR fail also seems like it could have a negative impact.  Admittedly, the DOD has planned to perform cybersecurity testing with the JSF, however various administrative issues have precluded this from happening thus far}.  The full text of the article is here.
  • ICANN55_Daily_Schedule ICANN55_Daily_ScheduleICANN 55 — Marrakech is Currently Underway (ICANN): The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers 55 Meeting takes place from Friday, March 4 – Thursday, March 10.  The link here, allows you to view audio and/or video from previous breakout sessions or to attend sessions which are currently ongoing.
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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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