Cyber Roundup: White House names first Cybersecurity Chief; Oversight Committee rips OPM; Officials want to split Cyber Command and NSA

  • White House names retired Air Force General as first cyber security chief (Reuters):    Reuters reports that the White House has named its first Cybersecurity Chief.   According to Dustin Volz,  retired Air Force General Gregory Touhill will be the first appointee to fill the position.    The article discussed the move as part of the Obama administration’s overall greater policy to bolster cybersecurity.    The position was created at the same time the President asked for $19 billion for cybersecurity earlier this year.   The full text of the article can be found here.untitled
  • Oversight Committee rips agency for data breach (The Hill):   An article late last week discussed a Congressional Oversight panel’s conclusions after an investigation into hacks last year (full report can be found on the right).   The article  said that the hacks that led to stolen data on over 20 million people were easily preventable.    A required two-factor identification process was not utilized by OPM, the report said.   According to the article, failing to use this process not only led to the hacks, but broke the law.  The full text of the article can be found here.
  • Top Officials Want to Split Cyber Command from NSA (NBC News):  A report from NBC says that top officials in the Obama Administration want to separate two major cyber military agencies.   The NSA, the spying arm, and Cyber Command, which develops and uses cyber weapons, would function better as separate entities, the article said.  A similar proposal came up in the past, but was never implemented.   While the two agencies have similar functions, they operate in very different spheres and have different authorities.   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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