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Cyber Round Up: Brenner and MIT’s Report; Germany emerging as cyber leader; FCC has flaw in communications infrastructure

Former NSA Inspector General Releases Cybersecurity Recommendations For Trump (WBUR Boston):   A recent article summarized an MIT report that recommended eight ways for President Trump to secure critical infrastructure. The article said that the report featured guest writing from former NSA IG Joel Brenner, and advocated for including the private sector. The article contains some quotes from […]

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Cyber Round Up: Congress repeals Internet privacy protections; DHS misses cyber policy deadline; Mnuchin expresses cyber concerns

Congress just killed your Internet privacy protections (CNN):  Congress voted along party lines to repeal internet privacy protections yesterday.  According to one article, the fate of privacy now rests with President Trump and the White House is on the record as “strongly support[ing]” the repeal.  The rules had not yet taken effect, but would have required […]

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Cyber Round Up: NATO Seeks $3.2 billion for cyber; U.S. cyber policy has deterrence failure;

NATO to Seek Bids for $3.2 Billion in Satellite, Cyber Security (Bloomberg):  Pending NATO contracts will focus on satellite communications, air and missile defense systems, software, and cyber security. An article said that the $3.2 billion commitment is representative of the organization’s adjustment to new threats, including those from Russian meddling and increased cyber attacks.  Specifically, […]

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Cyber Round Up: Good news for federal cybersecurity; Swiss pick Watson to confront cybersecurity; De-risking cities: connectivity and cybersecurity

A rare piece of good news for federal cybersecurity (FCW):  There is some sign of progress amidst all the negativity surrounding the government and cyber security. An article late last week discussed DHS’s Credentials and Authentication Management task order.  The program focuses on identity and access management, a problem the article suggests is behind every major breach […]

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Cyber Round Up: North Korea implicated in Federal Reserve cyberheist; Gorsuch Knows His Cyber; Cybersecurity Bill of Rights

U.S. Preparing Cases Linking North Korea in Theft at N.Y. Fed (WSJ):  Federal prosecutors are preparing a case that would charge Chinese middlemen for orchestrating a major bank robbery for North Korea.  An article this week from the Wall Street Journal said that the $81 million robbery from the Federal Reserve was conducted entirely online.   […]

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Third Circuit Sidesteps Fifth Amendment in Forced Decryption Decision

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed down its decision in United States v. Apple Mac Pro Computer earlier this week.  The case involves a former Philadelphia police officer, Francis Rawls, who was being investigated for child pornography.  Mr. Rawls refused to decrypt two hard drives that the government claimed contained child […]

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Cyber Round Up: Challenges for Rob Joyce; Proposal gives DHS $1.5 billion for cyber; Congressman wants cyber version of National Guard

Challenges Ahead For New White House Cybersecurity Advisor (Forbes): Commentary earlier this week addressed some of the many challenges that will be facing recently appointed cyber security adviser Rob Joyce.  The article labeled the former NSA hacker as “the poster child for. . . distrust” that is so commonly associated with the NSA in the post-Snowden era. […]

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U.S. Charges Russian Federal Security Service Officers with Hacking Related to Yahoo

Multiple news outlets have reported that a forty-seven-count indictment was handed up in the Northern District of California for multiple computer fraud and abuse act violations stemming from breaches of Yahoo accounts. The indictment includes four named parties and other unknown and unnamed: (1) Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev was a Russian FSB Officer, (2) Igor Anatolyevich […]

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In an Asymmetrical World: Mutually Assured Destruction Means Developed Nations are Disadvantaged

According to an article by Niall Ferguson which appeared in the Boston Globe, we are currently in a state of Cyber War.  This article, entitled “Cyber War I Has Already Begun,” discusses the the Russian hacks surrounding election time in the United States and posits that the largest issue is not whether or not Russia […]

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Cybersecurity: The Internet of Things (IoT) & You — Exercise Caution

As we continue to move to a world wherein all things are networked and even toys now have connections to the cloud, people need to be cognizant and careful.  According to the Hacker News, in 2015 the toy manufacturer VTech revealed that they had suffered a data breach which resulted in the exfiltration of personally […]

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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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