Cyber Round Up: Darknet and Quantum as Grid Security; Censorship in Egypt; Banks prepare for N. Korea;

  • ‘Darknet’ and quantum communications could enhance grid cybersecurity, scientists tell Senate (Utility Dive): Scientists often have a different view of cyber security than lawyers and policymakers, as evidenced in a recent  on grid security. Scientists told the Senate that one possible solution is to build a second internet for the grids to run on that is private and more secure, the article said.  If you were able to also add in quantum computing, according to the report, the security would be even stronger.  Unfortunately, the article notes that the U.S. is way behind when it comes to quantum computing. The full article can be read here.
  • The Slippery Slope of Internet Censorship in Egypt (Net Monitor): A recent post highlighted the slippery slope effect of internet filtering by using Egypt as an example. The article explains that what started as the government blocking a few sites has expanded greatly over the last five months.  It also provides statistics and explanation as to how the Egyptian people have responded to the censorship, including a huge spike in social media activity. The full piece can be read here.
  • Banks fearing North Korea hacking prepare defenses (Reuters): Hackers from North Korea have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from financial institutions in recent years and don’t plan to slow down, according to a Reuters report. In fact, the article says that banks across the world are expecting North Korea’s attacks to become more destructive, much like the recent ones in South Korea. The article explains that there isn’t a whole lot of separation between what it takes to steal and what is required to cause destruction.  While banks have begun to conduct ‘war game’ exercises, they aren’t the only ones concerned about escalation in cyber space.  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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