Cyber Round Up: Prepping for Cyber with ISIL; Trump says Computers Can’t Be Secured; Law Firms and Cyber Security

Jan 3rd, 2017 Uncategorized

Military weighs expanded use of cyber, space weapons against ISIL (USA Today):  The battle against ISIS could potentially turn to cyber, a recent article says.  The report says that military leaders have been preparing options for President-elect Trump in both cyber and space that could change the nature of the battle against the terrorist group.   One major concern, according to the article, is how far down the chain of command the authority to utilize cyber weapons will be.  While the extent of the U.S. military’s cyber capabilities are generally unknown, the article explains that operating in cyberspace can have unintended consequences that hurt more than just the original target.   The rest of the article, which can be found here. describes current and future strategies for fighting ISIL in more traditional ways.

Trump questions quest for cybersecurity: ‘No computer is safe’ (Washington Post):  President-elect Trump has addressed cybersecurity matters repeatedly the last several days.  In addition to questioning Russian involvement in the election hacks and President Obama’s response,  Trump also spoke on the extensive, and perhaps infinite, vulnerabilities with computers, according to one article.   The report includes quotes from Trump stating that no computer is ever safe, and the only secure way to deliver messages is the old fashioned way.  The article goes on to discuss the Trump team’s criticism of how Obama handled the alleged Russian meddling.  The full text of the article can be found here.

Law Firms and the Front Lines of Cyber Security (  An article yesterday analyzed why law firms are prime targets for hackers and what their vulnerabilities and solutions are.   Why firms are targets is fairly obvious, as they have large amounts of confidential information on file.  The vulnerabilities are not quite as obvious, the article suggests, as law firms have placed a low priority on cybersecurity while many struggle financially.   The report claims that firms are targeted by state sponsored actors because of the high number of devices used, as well as the quality of the information regarding business deals such as mergers and acquisitions.   The answer, according to the article, is part legislative and part technological.  The full text 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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