Archive for December, 2016

A 21st Century Cyber-Physical Systems Education – Free book from National Academies Press

A 21st Century Cyber-Physical Systems Education examines the intellectual content of the emerging field of Cyber-physical systems (CPS) and its implications for engineering and computer science education. This report is intended to inform those who might support efforts to develop curricula and materials; faculty and university administrators; industries with needs for CPS workers; and current […]

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Dec 29th, 2016 IoT

Trump Pick to Focus on Cyber as Homeland Security Adviser

Several news outlets today reported on the announcement that President-elect Trump has chosen Tom Bossert to be homeland security adviser.   The President-elect particularly praised Bossert’s expertise in the cyber realm.  One report said that Bossert will have an elevated status in the administration and will be “independent.”   Bossert previously served in the Bush administration, […]

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NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulations Delayed Several Months: We hate to say we told you so … but we will anyway.

According to an article in Reuters —  Exclusive: NY Financial Regulator to Delay Cyber Security Rules, the New York State Department of Financial Services is going to publish an updated version of its cybersecurity rules by the end of December and then delay implementation until March 1, 2017, after the public review period has concluded. It would […]

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Cyber Round Up: Incentives for Cyber Firms; Increased Cyber Workforce Is Not The Answer; Cyber in 2017

Incentives need to change for firms to take cyber-security more seriously (The Economist): An article this week contemplated a potential way to influence firms to increase cybersecurity.  Not surprisingly, the article from The Economist suggested that economic incentives could be beneficial.  The piece points out that software developers do not suffer when their products are flawed, […]

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Dec 20th, 2016 Uncategorized

Dear Congress: You will not solve the Attribution problem by creating a temporary Committee to Investigate the DNC Hack

According to CNBC, the latest news from Washington indicates that long-time Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) are pushing for the creation of a select committee to ensure that congressional focus is directed at investigating the hacking of Democratic Party emails during the Presidential campaign. This is fascinating. Two years ago we witnessed […]

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Opinion: Jasper County Allocates funds for Cyber Assessment — Proceed with Caution

County invests in Cybersecurity (Jasper Sun Times): According to a recent article in the Jasper Sun Times, Jasper County has recently allocated funds in the amount of $40,000 to hire a company to perform a network threat and vulnerability assessment. On the one hand, it is good to see that a local government is paying […]

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Cyber Round Up: Cyber can nourish and poison; Do you need Cyber Insurance?; Preparing for the next cyber campaign

Cyber systems can both nourish and poison us. We need to focus on the latter (PBS):  Recent commentary published on PBS stressed the need to focus on the potential harms of cyber as opposed to its benefits.  The column quoted former Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig’s speech in which he used the terms nourish and […]

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Opinion: Proposed NY Cybersecurity Regulations — Not Great but better than nothing?

Opinion: Judith Germano recently wrote an article in Forbes entitled “Proposed NY Cybersecurity Regulation: A Giant Leap Backward?”  We covered these Proposed Department of Financial Services Regulations (“DFS”) in a couple of previous posts; “N.Y. Regulators Consider Cybersecurity Requirements for Banks and Insurers” and “New York: Proposed Regulations for Cybersecurity come up Short” and some of the […]

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Report: Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity that was created earlier this year released its final report yesterday.   One article discussing  the report said it consists of 16 recommendations, including further cooperation between the government and private sector, a cyber security ambassador to the international community, and more “top-down” solutions to cyber that remove […]

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Cyber Round Up: Obama Cyber Security Commission to Release Final Report; Amazon Unveils Cyber Security Service; US and Israel Aim to Cooperate on Cyber Research

Obama cybersecurity commission to present final report Friday (The Hill):  Today will be the final piece of work from President Obama’s Cybersecurity Commission, an earlier report stated.   The commission, which was created earlier this year by an Executive Order, has held six meetings on cybersecurity.  It consists of 12 experts from the public and […]


Dec 2nd, 2016 Uncategorized


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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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