Cyber Round Up: Cyber Command Strategy; Cyber Crime Suspect Arrested in Spain; U.S. Far Behind Russia and China in Cyber Operations

  • United States Cyber Command’s New Vision: What It Entails and Why It Matters (Lawfare): Yesterday, I posted a document from U.S. Cyber Command here.  Dr. Richard J. Harknett wrote a piece assessing the document for Lawfare on Friday, in which he labels the strategy a significant evolution in both strategy and operations for cyber.  Harknett lists some critical assumptions that the strategy makes in the strategy context. For operations, the strategy identifies ways in which cyber is a unique domain, according to Harknett. His full analysis of the strategy can be found here.

  • Billion euro cyber-suspect arrested in Spain (BBC): A suspect arrested in Spain is the alleged leader of an organized cyber crime gang that has siphoned money from over 100 banks since 2013, a recent article says. Steven Wilson, head of Europol’s Cyber-Crime Centre (EC3), said, “[t]he arrest of the key figure in this crime group illustrates that cyber-criminals can no longer hide behind perceived international anonymity.” The article emphasized that the arrest was the result of a coordinated international effort. The full story can be found here.

  • Russia and China have cyber operation plans, while we lag far behind (The Hill): An opinion piece written on The Hill yesterday suggests that the U.S. is far behind Russia and China when it comes to cyber operations. The article explains that those nations aren’t particularly good with offensive operations, the U.S. is just really bad when it comes to defense.  The U.S. has superiority in the fifth domain but that does not mean there isn’t room for improvement, the article says. The author suggests that part of this problem is due to both transparency and constant press about all U.S. failures. The story can be found 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

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