Cyber Round Up: Google vulnerabilities exposed; AI helping fill cyber shortage; U.S. can learn from Europe on Russian Info War

  • A flaw in Google’s bug database exposed private security vulnerability reports (ZD Net):  A report yesterday explained how Google’s own internal bug tracker exposed it’s most serious vulnerabilities. The article described how a researcher spoofed his way into gaining access as a Google employee and was able to view all of its bug reports, which the researcher called “the holy grail.”  The researcher, as he was so kindly described by the article, reported the vulnerabilities to Google and received over $15,000 in bounties. The full article can be read here.
  • For Cybersecurity, AI Helps Alleviate Shortage of Human Experts (WSJ): This article, like many others, begins by noting the shortage of a cyber security work force while the demand one for continues to rise.  Meanwhile, the article explains, cyber criminals utilize thousands of computers to conduct their activity. The article discusses how companies are utilizing AI to help defend themselves, citing PWC and Booz Allen Hamilton as a few prominent examples. The article concludes by reiterating that AI is not an adequate solution and human talent is still needed. The full piece can be read here.

  • What Europe gets about cyber threats that the US hasn’t — yet (CNN): With indictments coming yesterday against members of President Trump’s campaign and Facebook revealing more about Russian influence on its platform, an article on CNN says we need to look to Europe for guidance.  The article explains that Europe has been victim to Russian information warfare and election meddling for several years and previous administrations have ignored or minimized Russia’s potential capabilities.  Europe, according to the article, has taken substantive steps to counter Russia’s activity, citing different methods used in Latvia, Sweden, and the EU. 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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