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CSIS: The Kremlin Playbook

CSIS has a podcast addressing Russia’s 2016 election meddling and how it fits into their broader scheme of information warfare.  The podcast can be heard on their website here, which also includes this description: “In 2016, a rival foreign power, Vladimir Putin’s Russia, launched an attack on the United States of America.   What we now […]

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Tenured Opening for an Accomplished National Security Law and Policy Academic

Syracuse University College of Law invites applicants for a tenured faculty position as Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) Director beginning Fall 2018. Founded in 2003 as a collaboration between the College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, INSCT is an internationally renowned university institute with an established history […]

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Dec 19th, 2017 Law, National Security

Cyber Round Up: Kaspersky sues U.S. government; AI and Cyber Arms Race; U.S. Blames North Korea for WannaCry

Kaspersky Lab asks court to overturn U.S. government software ban (Reuters): The major Russian software company has resorted to legal measures in response to recent bans on its use by federal agencies, reports say. Although sales to U.S. government agencies comprise only .03% of its U.S. sales, the damage to Kaspersky’s reputation and trickle down effect […]

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National Security Strategy and Cyber

Yesterday, President Trump released his National Security Strategy with the theme “America First.”  The strategy consists of four main pillars:  I. Protect the American People, The Homeland, and The American Way of Life; II. Promote American Prosperity; III. Preserve Peace Through Strength; IV. Advance American Influence. Each of those pillars contained policy objectives and specific […]

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Dec 19th, 2017 cyber policy, Trump

National Security Strategy Speaks of Cyberattacks Used for Information Warfare

Today, the White House released the National Security Strategy of the United States of America.  Here are its primary statements about cyberspace: Cyberspace Malicious state and non-state actors use cyberattacks for extortion, information warfare, disinformation, and more. Such attacks have the capability to harm large numbers of people and institutions with comparatively minimal investment and […]

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Cyber Round Up: Developing Iranian Cyber Threat; Cyberwar to Improve Security?; Office Employees and Insider Threats

Following the Developing Iranian Cyberthreat (Fifth Domain):  Russia and China always come to mind when thinking of U.S. adversaries in cyberspace, but don’t forget about Iran, a recent article says. Iran both recruits hackers to work for the government and encourages them to operate independently, the author explains.  The article walks through Iran’s development as a […]

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Shadow Brokers Updates

The following series of articles discuss developments in the Shadow Brokers and Vault cases, including the lack of arrests. The third and latest one via Lawfare directly responds to comments in the first two. Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core (N.Y. Times, November 12, 2017) CIA and NSA codes are […]

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Dec 14th, 2017 NSA, shadow brokers

Cyber Round Up: Modernizing Government Technology Act; Special Operations Must Embrace Cyber; 3 Guilty Pleas in Botnet Attacks

Trump signs bill to modernize government IT and cybersecurity (Tech Republic): Part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that President Trump signed on Tuesday includes the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, a recent article says.  The purpose of that act is evident from its name, as the U.S. currently spends $80 billion a year on […]

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Just Security: Hayden, NSA, and the Road to 9/11

Former Director of the NSA and CIA General Michael Hayden recently released his memoir,  Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror.  The piece below was written in response to Hayden’s book and is an interesting read. Hayden, NSA, and the Road to 9/11

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Dec 11th, 2017 NSA

Cyber Round Up: SEC Cyber Group’s First Stop; Sheltered Harbor, the “Best Kept Secret” in Cyber; Americans Want Businesses to be Responsible

A brand-new cybersecurity watchdog just shut down a $15 million cryptocurrency scam (Business Insider): The SEC’s recently created cyber unit saw some of its first major action, recent reports say. The group shut down a scam in which groups were requesting money for bitcoin and promising over 1,000% returns. The unit was created earlier this fall […]

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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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