Cyber Round Up: Encryption is About Crime, Not Terrorism; Fight over Control of Cyber Command; Pentagon Cloud Contract

  • The Encryption Debate Isn’t About Stopping Terrorists, It’s About Solving Crime (Lawfare): A post last week on Lawfare added to the ongoing debate over encryption but with a different focus. The author said that regardless of any flaws with third party (which means government, according to the author) access, the biggest problem remains traditional crime, not terrorism. Speaking from his experience as a federal prosecutor dealing with not so savvy criminals, the author said that a switch to making encryption the default setting on apps such as Whatsapp will have a devastating impact on “ordinary crime” beyond the typical national security issues we hear about.  The full article can be found here.

  • Command and control: A fight for the future of government hacking (CyberScoop):  While the nation finally has a fully operational cyber force, new challenges have quietly emerged behind the scenes, according to an article last week. Several federal agencies from law enforcement, military, and defense have all been vying to shape the answer to one big question: “If the U.S. is going to strike back at foreign targets in cyberspace, when should the soldiers or the spies lead the charge?”  The article gives a lengthy history of the debate and suggests that the scales have recently titled away from the IC and in favor of the military. The full article can be read here.

  • Google is Pursuing the Pentagon’s Giant Cloud Contract Quietly, Fearing An Employee Revolt (Defense One):  Last year, Secretary of Defense Mattis took a trip to the West Coast to meet with executives from Amazon and Google, an article last week said.  A trip that began with skepticism ended with Mattis “convinced that the U.S. military had to move much of its data to a commercial cloud provider — not just to manage files, email, and paperwork but to push mission-critical information to front-line operators.” Now, the article says, the shift to the cloud is happening in the form of a $10 billion contract.  The article lists Microsoft, Amazon, and Google as the front runners and discusses what exactly the winner might be tasked with 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

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