Cyber Round Up: Trump’s National Security Pick a Cybersecurity Hawk; McCain calls for Cyber Committee; Three Mobile Hack exposes six million

Nov 21st, 2016 cybersecurity, Flynn, Trump
  • Trump’s national security pick is a cybersecurity hawk (PC World):  An article late last week analyzed President-elect Trump’s choice for national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and his views on cybersecurity.    The article labeled Flynn as a cybersecurity hawk and discussed his strong views on the matter. The report says that Flynn has called U.S. cyber capabilities “underwhelming.”   It also discussed Flynn’s view that a cornerstone of a strong cyber policy is offensive capability.  Flynn also believes, according to the article, that in order to be successful one must have an unfair advantage, and for the U.S this means gaining a technological advances over other nations that have been passing the U.S. The full text of the article can be found here.
  • McCain dismisses Russian impact on election, stresses need for cyber committee (The Hill):  Senator John McCain commented on the role of Russian hacks throughout this past election cycle, but also went a step further.  A report yesterday laid out McCain’s plans for a cybersecurity committee.  According to the report, McCain said that cybersecurity has crossed jurisdictional lines and is too important not to have its own home.  The existing committees cannot, on their own, adequately address the issue, the report suggested.  The article also stressed the Senator from Arizona’s view that it was “disturbing” that Admiral Rogers has testified to Congress before stating, “I don’t know what I don’t know.”   The full text of the article can be found here.
  • Three Mobile cyber hack:  six million customers’ private information at risk after employee login used to access database (The Telegraph):  One of the largest cellular provides in the UK announced the potential damage from a recent cyber hack.   An article late last week said that Three Mobile admitted that hackers were able to access a massive customer database through an employee’s login.  Six million people’s names, addresses, DOBs, but no financial information was compromised, the report said.  The article cited company officials who said the hackers were upgrading customer’s devices and then intercepting the phones, presumably to sell.   This hack follows the release of the UK’s most recent cyber initiative, and comments from the Chancellor that companies have a duty to protect private information.  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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