Cyber Round Up: A Turning Point for Attribution; Cyber Attribution Isn’t ‘So Important’; NSA hack

  • Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit Declares 2017 a Turning Point for Attribution (Georgia Tech): Georgia Tech hosted its 15th Annual Cyber Security Summit last week, and some prominent guest made headlines during their talks.  A summary posted on Georgia Tech’s website highlights the conference’s notable discussions. Stewart Baker, a former assistant secretary for policy at DHS and now a partner at Steptoe & Johnson who focuses on cyber, said that attribution has improved significantly.  Baker explained how this has developed and then others considered its implications. One major theme was that there is a lack of deterrence when it comes to cyber space. The full article describing the Summit’s panel can be found here.
  • Cyber attribution isn’t so important, even for nation states (ZDNet):  An article today says that Australia, and probably the other Five Eye nations, are capable of pinpointing who is responsible for cyber attacks.  The article discusses some of Australia’s recent developments in cyber capability and policy. One Australian official, according to the article, says that instead of worry about attribution, nation states could operate better through a normative framework.  Specifically, nation states should take responsibility for what happens in their own back yards, the article suggests.  The full article can be read here.
  • Report: Hackers Stole NSA Cybertools In Another Breach Via Another Contractor (NPR): The headline of the article says it all. Another hack from Russia, another loss of sensitive information, and it came from a government contractor again.  An article from NPR explains the perfect storm of events that led to the hack, including an NSA contractor taking home software from work to run on his home computer, where he also had software from Russian based Kaspersky Labs. The article notes that the NSA’s layered defenses mean this hack alone won’t be devastating, but it highlights the bigger issues with the government’s security. The full article can be read here.

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One Response to “Cyber Round Up: A Turning Point for Attribution; Cyber Attribution Isn’t ‘So Important’; NSA hack”

  1. wcsnyder says:

    That is very important news about attribution. Deterrence theory depends upon it. #cyberwar #deterrence

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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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