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The U.S. Cyber Glass House and Deterrence

“I’d say our [cyber] defense isn’t working” – Former Director of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander. In a keynote address at the American Enterprise Institute, Alexander told the audience that “if everybody’s getting hacked … industry and government … the strategy that we’re working on is flawed.” Critical infrastructure is vulnerable to cyberattacks and several […]

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Cyber Round Up: Russian Hackers, Army Hacking Tools, Cyber Attack by…Oven, and more

Russian Hackers Used Two Unknown Flaws (Reuters Reports): A recent report by security firm FireEye determined that Russian hackers had been using flaws in Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Windows operating system to try to get information about diplomatic targets in the United States and elsewhere. Adobe issued a fix for the breach on Tuesday, and while Microsoft […]

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Iran’s Cyber Revenge

In 2010, the United States and Israel reportedly attacked Iran’s nuclear enrichment center using a computer worm that caused about 1,000 centrifuges to self-destruct.  From recent reports by cybersecurity firms Norse and Cylance*, it appears that Iranians have begun a cycle of cyber retaliation. Unlike nuclear technology, cyber tools provide Iran with a usable weapon with […]

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Cyber Round Up: China Cyber News Recap

China has been at the forefront of cybersecurity news the past few weeks, so to catch you up, this Cyber Round Up will focus on China. China’s New Cyber Weapon (NYTimes Reports): In an apparent effort to take out services that allow China’s Internet users to view websites otherwise blocked in the country, China has turned […]

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Congressional Report on Cybersecurity Fails to Deliver

While the Congressional Research Service usually provides exceptional reports in the area of cybersecurity (see here, and here), the recent report titled Cyberwarfare and Cyberterrorism: In Brief falls short of the usual level of expertise. The report is full of factual information spanning various topics in cybersecurity, but the facts are thrown together in sections without any […]

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Will the US Give up Control of the Internet? The DNS/ICANN Debate.

On March 14, 2014, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intention to transition its stewardship role and procedural authority over key domain name functions to the global Internet multistakeholder community. Currently, the U.S. (through NTIA) holds this stewardship role over the domain name system (DNS) by virtue of a […]

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@War Book Review: “The Internet Has Become a Battlefield”

The current consensus in the cybersecurity realm is that the government and private industry need to improve cooperation and information sharing.  Shane Harris examines the pros and cons of this approach in his book @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex.  The book takes the reader on a historical journey behind America’s cybersecurity policies and through this journey […]

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Bookmark These Cybersecurity Sites Today

For those working in cybersecurity or just interested in staying up to date in cybersecurity news, there are a plethora of sites today that you can turn to for your cybersecurity scoop.  However, when it comes to following cybersecurity news, the information found in standard journal articles and reports is often “way behind the times.” While […]

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Pros and Cons of Hacking Back

Imagine: You are the CEO of a multi-million dollar company. Aware of the current cyber climate, you budgeted out a large chunk of your company’s money for cybersecurity. This morning you received a phone call from the head of security alerting you to a cyber breach. The good news is that your security team was able to discover […]

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Pointing Fingers: Why the US has Fallen Behind on Financial Retail Security

In the United States, the standard payment system is based on payment cards with magnetic stripes that are not encrypted and can easily be read.  It is reportedly easy to forge magnetic stripe cards and the signature on the back of the cards provide criminals with an example of the cardholder’s authentic signature.  In the […]

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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. 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. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. 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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