Cyber Round Up: Congress isn’t prepared for cyber attack; Chertoff likens cyber to immune system; Deloitte says very few affected

Sep 25th, 2017 cybersecurity
  • We’re under constant threat of cyberattack, and Congress isn’t prepared to do anything about it (Washington Post):  Brianna Wu, a software engineer by trade and now a Democratic candidate for Congress in Massachusetts, wrote a piece for the Washington Post about Congress’s lack of preparation for a cyber attack. The article points out that Congress has failed to act in the wake of several different attacks and that members of the pertinent Congressional committees are not qualified to address these issues. While clearly politically motivated, Wu criticizes both political parties is correct that most Congressmen and women do not have the technical background that she does.  She makes a strong push for civil liability that will force companies to engage in good cyber security practices. The full article can be read here.
  • Ex-Homeland Security Chief: Good cyber security is like an immune system (Yahoo):  The former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff recently spoke on cyber issues in an interview with Yahoo.  In his comments, Chertoff compared cyber security to the human body, saying that “The human body doesn’t keep all bacteria and viruses out, but it also has an immune system and that’s what companies should have.” He also urged layered defenses and managed expectations.  Chertoff also advised that companies should not pay ransoms for data, as it only encourages hackers to repeat their behavior.  The full video can be seen here.

  • Investor group seeks probe into SEC hack, urges data rules delay (Reuters): Deloitte was the latest company to disclose a data breach.  A report from Reuters earlier today, however, includes comments from the company that claim ‘very few’ clients were affected.  The attack was discovered in March and could have started as early as October 2016, the article said.  The full report 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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