Cyber Round Up: Experts react to Uber; Pentagon move doesn’t help cybersecurity; New generation being trained at Berkeley

Nov 27th, 2017 cybersecurity
  • ‘Mind-blowing error of judgement’: Cybersecurity experts and lawyers react to Uber data hack (GearBrain): You’ve probably heard all about Uber’s data breach and subsequent attempt to cover it up. A recent article highlights some experts’ reactions, including some who called it “inexcusable.” Comments in the article emphasize that the cover up will lead to more long term distrust than if they company simply acknowledged the breach right away. Additionally, the experts quoted wonder whether all the stolen data was actually deleted. Others note the timing of the disclosure months before Europe’s GDPR laws would have led to massive fines had they disclosed the breach after that law takes effect. The full commentary can be read here.

  • Pentagon’s move toward open source software isn’t going to enhance security (The Hill): A new Dept. of Defense program will require at least 20% of custom developed code to be released as open source software, according to a recent report.  The logic behind the move, the article says, can be found in Linus’s Law, which suggests that “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” The author of the piece explains that while this may have been true and led to higher security many years ago, it no longer is the case. The exponential increase in the use of open source software, he says, mean that those programs don’t receive the same scrutiny and thus still have a huge number of flaws in them.  The full analysis can be found here.
  • At Berkeley, a New Generation of “Ethical Hackers” Learns to Wage Cyberwar (New Yorker): There is constant coverage in the media of the major shortage of a talented cyber security workforce. A recent piece explains how one professor is aiming to curtail that shortage by training students in the art of ethical hacking.  The course focuses on its version of “Cyberwar” and is modeled like one giant bug bounty program, with students earning points towards their final grade for any vulnerabilities they discover. As opposed to many of the courses here at Syracuse that focus on the law and policy of cyber security, this Computer Science course appears to require students to have somewhat significant computer and/or engineering skills. The class has caught the attention of HackerOne, and you can read more about it 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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