Cyber Round Up: Cyber in Academia; Dragonfly: Hackers Target Energy Sector; SEC Chairman Sees ‘Systemic’ Cyber Risk

  • How Cybersecurity Became 2017’s Hot New Major (The Village Voice):  The byline reads, “Everybody wants to teach, but nobody can decide what it is.”   An article last month discussed the gap between what cyber students are learning in school and the skills that employers in the work force are looking for.  Despite how much of a hot topic cyber has been, academia has not caught up, the article says.  One focus of the piece is that those that are in charge of building these programs cannot decide what to teach.  A major reason for this, the author explains, is the inherently multidisciplinary nature of the field and the way education is compartmentalized in departments. The full article can be read here.
  • Dragonfly: Western energy sector targeted by sophisticated attack group (Symantec): A recent report from Symantec says that the energy sectors in North America are being targeted by a group known as Dragonfly.   According to the report, the group has been operating since 2011, but until recently, had been relatively quiet.   While some news headlines attributed the attacks to Russia, the report says that many different measures were utilized to make attribution more complicated. Symantec claims to have evidence that this recent string of attacks started in 2015 and have seen a strong uptick in 2017.  The full report can be read on Symantec’s Blog and is included in this post for reference. Predictably, the report includes the company’s pitch that their software can protect against Dragonfly 2.0.

    Dragonfly_ Western energy sector targeted by sophisticated attack group _ Symantec Connect Community

  • SEC chief says cyber crime risks are substantial, systemic (Reuters):  The head of the SEC says the organization needs to do more to make the everyday American aware of the cyber risks involved with investing, a recent article says.  Areas of concern range from hackers stealing information to gain a market advantage to issues like initial coin offerings (“ICOs”).   ICOs, which are based on blockchain technology, have allowed startups to raise $1 billion so far this year and can be considered securities, meaning they would fall under SEC regulations, the article claims.  The full article can be read here.


Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.


Untitled Document
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