Cyber Round Up: DHS to Provide Direct Cyber Services; Promise and Peril of Active Cyber Defense; Cyber Operations Stealing from Drone playbook

  • DHS Might Provide Cyber Services Directly To Industry Under New Strategy (Nextgov):  With a new DHS cyber strategy set to be released in the coming weeks, reports suggest that the agency could be taking on a new role in the cyber realm.  DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen described the new system as “security as a service” and called it a “natural evolution.” The article says that Nielsen would not elaborate on the details of the new strategy but that it was consistent with ones from the Obama administration. The full article can be read here.

  • The promise and peril of active cyber defense (The Hill): A recent opinion piece on The Hill discusses the shortcomings of current cyber strategy in the U.S. and suggests adopting active cyber defense policies. The article makes clear that the options for this extend well beyond hackbacks that are illegal under U.S. law. The options “can include everything from honeynets and beacons to botnet takedowns and sanctions.” But the article also identifies the shortcomings of active cyber defense, including collateral damage to third parties. The full article and questions posed by the author can be read here.

  • How Obama’s drone playbook could influence future cyber operations (Fifth Domain):  The Department of Defense is considering utilizing cyber operations in places where the U.S. is not already engaged in conflict, according to a recent article.  Admiral Michael Rogers, head of U.S. Cyber Command, testified to Congress that the U.S. needs to adapt to better use its cyber capabilities “outside the designated areas of hostility.” The article explores how this new cyber policy parallels what happened in the Obama administration with drone strikes.  It also includes analysis from Bobby Chesney, who notes that cyber operations could inadvertently implicate a third nation’s sovereignty. 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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