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

Dec 20th, 2016 Uncategorized
  • 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, and thus there is no incentive for them to get it right.  While computer makers are well aware of cyber vulnerabilities, traditional product manufacturers may not be, which is troubling given the looming boom of IoT.  The article suggests government regulation is inevitable, whether it is in the form of the public health model or simply eliminating the liability exemption for software. The full text of the article can be found here.
  • Managing expectations for enhancing national cybersecurity (CSO Online): A few weeks ago, this blog posted the report released by the President’s Commission for Enhancing Cybersecurity.  Commentary posted on CSO Online addressed one key recommendation by the report, the recommendation to drastically increase the cyber workforce.   The report called for the addition of 100,000 new cyber employees by the year 2020.   The author of the CSO Online post argues that this is not a viable solution, and discredits the analogy of cyber to criminal investigations.  Instead, innovation and quality leadership are the ways to address cyber security’s many problems.  The full text of the article can be found here.
  • What 2017 has in store for cybersecurity (CSO Online):  Another piece from CSO Online forecasts what the new year may hold for cyber security.   One theme the article mentions is a common one, increased cooperation between the public and private sector.  The author seemed hopeful that President Trump would be able to facilitate the growth of this relationship. Another important President Trump promise was one to reinvigorate U.S. Cyber Command.   2017 and the Trump Administration could also mean less concerns for privacy rights, the author suggests.   The full text of the article and what the new year could mean for cybersecurity 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