Cybersecurity Demand and Syracuse University

Last week, for the second year in a row, Syracuse University topped the list of best cybersecurity programs in the country for veterans and military connected students. The list is compiled by Military Times, and more about how it is complied can be found here. The article explains SU’s commitment to providing online cybersecurity degrees. It also includes analysis from Syracuse Professor Shiu-Kai Chin on the versatility of cyber degrees, explaining that “all kinds of industries depend on cybersecurity skills — the Defense Department and other government agencies, of course, but also companies that work in financial services and critical infrastructures like power and water.”

The benefits of Syracuse’s cyber programs extend well beyond those with military connections. For instance, Syracuse University College of Law offers courses in Computer Crimes and Cybersecurity Law and Policy. In collaboration with two other schools on campus, the College of Law also offers a Smart Grid course focusing not just on security but also on the privacy and economic issues related to “smart” infrastructure.

The Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, a joint venture between the College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, has worked closely with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence since 2015. Since then, faculty and staff have contributed insight as to how to reform law in this realm. Additionally, the College of Law hosted an interdisciplinary workshop in 2015 titled “Controlling Economic Cyber Espionage,” the details of which can be found here.

The College of Engineering offers both an on campus and an online version of its Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree.  That school also offers a Certificate of Advanced Study in Cybersecurity and an interdisciplinary Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Infrastructure Management and Leadership with the Maxwell School.

Syracuse’s School of Information Studies, the “iSchool” offers an on campus and online Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management.  The National Security Agency has designated Syracuse as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance for both Education and Research in past years.

Much of Syracuse’s strength in the field comes from its ability to leverage an interdisciplinary approach in all of its programs. Students can approach the field from all angles — law, policy, national security, data security and integrity, and from the technical standpoint of the computer science and engineering programs.

We think these educational initiatives are very important for students and our country.  If you want to share information about other interdisciplinary cyber security programs at other schools, please add a comment below this post or write to us.

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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. She is the 2018-9 Editor in Chief of the Syracuse Law Review, as well as a member of the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. 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. 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