Cyber Round Up: Cyber Executive Order; Politicians Should Stay Out; Half of Web Encrypted

  • Big changes in Trump’s cybersecurity executive order (CNN):   Reports Tuesday that President Trump would be signing an Executive Order addressing cyber policies ultimately ended with him just discussing the content of the order with his lead advisers, according to a CNN article.   The report says that major changes are coming to the way the U.S. does cyber, including consolidating responsibility within one government office.  Trump said that agency officials will be held accountable for their agency’s cyber security, the report suggests.  The EO also calls for better coordination with the government, military, and schools, suggesting that the cybersecurity problem today has a component that can be fixed with increased education.  A draft of the Executive Order obtained by CNN is included in this post.  The full text of the article can be read here.

  • Politicians should stay out of cybersecurity market (R Street):   Discussion of the development of an insurance market for cyber security has led to a call by some for politicians to stay out of the way, an op-ed piece yesterday suggested.   The opinion laid out some instances where ransomware attacks have held institutions hostage, and the institution ultimately end up paying the price to regain control of their systems.   Cyber insurance has value for  the secondary and tertiary costs of a breach, the author said, including consumer notification, credit monitoring, fines, and even business interruption.  The author argues, however, that only the wealth of knowledge and flexibility available in the private markets are enough to properly manage the cyber insurance industry, not government officials. The full text of the article can be found here.
  • Mozilla confirms half of web is encrypted − but does that mean greater security? (Computer Business Review):   A recent article questioned whether increased encryption is really good for security.  Mozilla announced after a two week study that about half the internet is now encrypted, the article said, meaning content was being delivered through HTTPS instead of just HTTP.   The article quotes experts who argue that encryption creates tunnels that simply provide a hiding spot for those with malicious intent if businesses are not prepared enough.  The article presented one compelling statistic, which showed that some experts believe as much as 70% of future attacks will occur through encryption.  The full 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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