Cyber Round Up: Trump’s Cybersecurity Executive Order So Far; Treating Cyber like Ethics; Russian Interference in German Election

  • Taking Stock of Trump’s Cybersecurity Executive Order So Far (Wired): What has happened since President Trump finally signed his Cyber Executive Order on May 11?  According to a recent article, many deadlines set by the Order have already been missed and several more are looming.  Most of these deadlines are simply information gathering tools, however, and won’t lead to real results, the author argues.  Instead, the Trump administration needs to begin implementing a concrete policy to achieve long term success, the article says.  Despite some infighting within Trump’s staff, the author of the piece says the EO’s first phase can still be completed on time. The full article can be read here.
  • Companies should treat cybersecurity as a matter of ethics (SF Chronicle): An article in the San Francisco Chronicle over the weekend suggested a new metric for how cyber security should be viewed.  The piece explains the view of Malcom Harkins, former Chief Security and Privacy Officer at Intel Corp., who thinks cyber should be treated as a social responsibility.  Instead of producing devices that cannot be secured, Harkins says cyber security should be approached like fighting climate change, promoting diversity, and fighting poverty.  While 100% security may be unobtainable, it should not prevent companies from trying to achieve it, and in doing so, from protecting society, the article says. The full article can be read here.
  • Merkel ally cites thousands of cyber attacks from Russian IP addresses (Reuters): Russian attempts to influence elections did not stop last fall with the U.S. presidential race, according to new reports yesterday. Julia Kloeckner, vice chairman of the conservative Christian Democratic Union, said that her website had over 3,000 attacks on Sunday before the debate between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz.  The article said that this round of attacks follows a trend dating back to Summer 2015 that German intelligence has attributed to a Russian group called APT 28.  German intelligence agencies also believe, according to the article, that Putin would prefer a different Chancellor to Merkel.  The full article can be read 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

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