Cyber Round Up: Advice for security in wake of cyber attack; Podesta a cybersecurity poster child; Chinese Computer Gear Poses Cyber Spy Threat

  • Companies urged to use multiple vendors in wake of cyber attack (Reuters): An article from Reuters provides advice for companies following Friday’s DDoS attacks that crippled several websites throughout the U.S.   The article quotes one official from Dyn, the New Hampshire DNS company that was hacked, said that the company has advocated for redundancy in infrastructure for many years.  The article reports that companies who followed these procedures fared much better during the attacks, but doing so can be financially costly.  An official from Akamai Technologies, who aided in Dyn’s recovery Friday, stressed that diversity needs to be geographic and architectural.   The Reuters piece also suggests that this is the new norm for internet attacks.  The full text of the article can be found here.
  • How Podesta became a cybersecurity poster child (Politico):  A report late last week casts Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta as representative of the extensive flaws with cyber security in Washington, D.C. and throughout government.  The article says that Podesta’s problems started with the simple mistake of having an assistant email him his iCloud password.  An official from cyber firm LastPass said Podesta made every common mistake in the book, including a weak password, emailing the password, and using the same password for multiple sites.    While the average American makes these mistakes all the time, the article says, the stakes are higher with high ranking officials, and they need more guidance and support to eliminate vulnerabilities.  The full text of the article can be found here.
  • Military Warns Chinese Computer Gear Poses Cyber Spy Threat (Washington Free Beacon):  A recent article addresses a Joint Staff Intelligence (J2) report about concerns of Chinese technology.   The Free Beacon article says that computers from Lenovo could include spyware.  The company’s technology has been linked to multiple attempts to gain access to Pentagon networks, the article says.   The report discusses how supply chain issues are a major concern in cybersecurity, and quotes some officials who believe no Chinese companies should be operating in the U.S. in light of recent hacks. The J2 report was not available at this time, but 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. 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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