Cyber Round Up: Evaluating ‘Active Cyber Defence’; UK Blames Russia for NotPetya; Intel Makes Quantum Breakthrough

  • Evaluating the U.K.’s ‘Active Cyber Defence’ Program (Lawfare): A post last week on Lawfare recaps the U.K.’s cyber defense program a year after its implementation. The article summarizes the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre’s own report while explaining aspects that could be useful for the U.S.  The three main themes of the program, according to the post, are government-centered action, intervention, and transparency. While the first year generally shows some success and some themes should be adopted by the U.S., it is not a silver bullet, the article says. The full post can be read here.
  • The US and UK say Russia was behind the huge NotPetya ransomware attack (MIT Tech Review): A post on “The Download” says that the British government attributed a major cyber attack in 2017 directly to Russia, a move that the post labeled “rare.” The NotPetya was a ransomware attack based on a Windows flaw that affected computers worldwide. The post says that the White House later agreed with the British government that Russia was responsible. The full post is here.

  • Intel Touts New Quantum Computing Breakthrough, This Time With Silicon (Extreme Tech): A recent article explains how the often relied upon silicon has finally been adapted to quantum computing. The article explains how Intel entered the silicon qubit game with game with what it calls the “spin qubit.” This is one of two parallel tracks that Intel is pursuing in the development of quantum computing, the article says. The article has a video to show exactly what Intel is doing and also explains how it differs from what other companies such as IBM are doing. 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. 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