Cyber Round Up: Israel’s Cyber-City Development, Future Generations Need to Think Like Hackers, NIST offers up to $1M in Cybersecurity Education Grants

  • Israel’s Desert Blooms with Cyber-City Development (Breitbart): according to this article in the middle of the Negev desert, Israel is building a cyber-city which has placed Israel second only to the US in terms of cyber-expertise.  $500 million in private investments pour into Israeli cybersecurity firms annually and Israel seems to have fully embraced the idea that the next war will be in cyberspace, according to the article.  Furthermore, the Israeli’s view cybersecurity as not merely threat mitigation but also as an economic driver, and the cyber-city in Negev is living-proof of that, according to the article.  The article states that the cyber-city includes elements of the Israeli Defense Forces (“IDF”), as well as private industry, multinational corporations, and also Ben-Gurion University, Israel’s top cybersecurity university.  The full text of the article can be found here.
  • Future Generations of Cybersecurity Experts Need to Think Like A Hacker (  this article theorizes that developing a new mindset where cyber-sleuths think like hacker’s is enabling a new generation of digital detectives.  The article states that New York University’s (“NYU”) Brooklyn campus hosted a Cybersecurity Awareness Week with competitions open to high school and university students and where prizes ranged from $450,000 (scholarships) for high schoolers to $11,000 in cash for university students.  Sponsors of the event included the Department of Homeland Security, Facebook, and IBM, according to the article.  The full text of the article can be found here.
  • NIST ‘RAMPS’ Up Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development with New Grants (NIST): In a recent press release, the National Institute of Standards and Technology indicates that they are offering up to $1 million in grants to establish up to eight Regional Allicance Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) cybersecurity education and workforce development. The release cites a Global Information Security Workforce Study that estimates an international shortfall of 1.5 million people over the next five years due to a lack of trained professionals and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (“NICE”) is designed to address that need.  According to the release, RAMPS will help encourage greater employer engagement in local communities which will help influence education and training providers to develop job-driven training that provides cybersecurity skills.  The release states that NIST plans to fund five to eight awards of up to $200,000, and the deadline to apply is July 12, 2016.  The press release 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.

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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.

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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