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“Securing Cyber Assets” Draft Report Released by National Infrastructure Advisory Council

The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), composed of senior executives from industry and State and local government who own and operate the critical infrastructure, issued an August 2017 report entitled, “Securing Cyber Assets: Addressing Urgent Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure.”  Noting that “[c]yber is the sole arena where private companies are the front line […]

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Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack

This is an old (2008) and controversial report.  I was reading it to prepare for class and just thought I would share, for what it is worth.  Its conclusion: Electrical power is necessary to support other critical infrastructures, including supply and distribution of water, food, fuel, communications, transport, financial transactions, emergency services, government services, and […]

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Cyber Round Up: Good news for federal cybersecurity; Swiss pick Watson to confront cybersecurity; De-risking cities: connectivity and cybersecurity

A rare piece of good news for federal cybersecurity (FCW):  There is some sign of progress amidst all the negativity surrounding the government and cyber security. An article late last week discussed DHS’s Credentials and Authentication Management task order.  The program focuses on identity and access management, a problem the article suggests is behind every major breach […]

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Cyber Round Up: Who is China Really Hacking?; Pentagon Cyber Team Takes Major Operational Step; What a real cyber war would look like

Cyber warfare: Who is China hacking? (CNN):  An article from CNN analyzed the shifts in Chinese cyber warfare strategy.  As mentioned in the recent Presidential debate, China is always on the radar as a potential cyber adversary, the article notes.   The article quotes an official from FireEye as describing China’s cyber capacities as essentially another […]

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Cyber Round Up: ILTA Ethical Obligation for Lawyers to Understand Technology, The Bonds that Bind: Cybersecurity Brings Legal and Finance Together, Devastating Attacks to Public Infrastructure “A Matter of When” in the US

Note to Lawyers from ILTA: You’re Ethically Obligated to Understand Technology (Legaltech news): Ian Lopez of Legaltech news reports that a recent panel at ILTACON 2016 discussed the ABA Model Rules, specifically 1.1 (duty of competence) which purportedly indicates that lawyers have an ethical duty to understand technology.  The panel also discussed Model Rule 1.6 […]

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Two Steps Forward – One Step Back –> The [re]introduction of retro devices to improve grid security

Retro Analog Tech a Danger to U.S. Power Grid (TheHill): According to a recent article by Cris Thomas, writing for TheHill, some recently introduced legislation in the Senate calls for a return to analog devices in order to improve the security of our grid infrastructure.  The article indicates that the goal of the legislation is […]

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Cyber Round Up: Iranian Cyberattack on NY Dam was “Shot Across the Bow”, Possible AMEX Data Breach, Are Data Breaches on the Rise?

Senator Schumer: Iranian Cyberattack on New York Dam Was “Shot Across the Bow” (TheTower.org): A recent article in the Tower.org states that Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) equated the Iranian cyberattack on a dam just outside New York City as a “shot across the bow”.  According to the article, Cylance (a cybersecurity firm) indicated that Iranian […]

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Cyber Round Up: Iranian Cyberattacks on the Rise, UK Surveillance Bill — Sweeping Powers for Spies, The Biggest Cybersecurity Threat: The Energy Sector

Iranian Cyberattacks are on the rise (The Hill): According to a report by The Hill, Iran is increasing its cyberattacks and there is speculation that if economic sanctions against Iran are lifted they may pour even more resources into this endeavor.  The cybersecurity firm Norse is expected to release the results of a study today […]

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Cyber Round Up: DOE and MIT Sloan Partner Up for Grid Security, DoD Needs to Focus its Hiring Efforts, USCG RDML Thomas on Port Security

MIT Sloan and DOE Cyber Initiative (PR Newswire): The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $34 million initiative aimed at improving the U.S. grid, oil, and natural gas infrastructure from cyber threats, according to an article in PR Newswire.  The article states that MIT’s Sloan School of Management Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (IC³) […]

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Cyber Round Up: NSA Director Warns of Greater Cyber Attack, Hack Against U.S. Research Facility Tied to China, China Reportedly Arrests Hackers U.S. Named

NSA Director Warns of Greater Cyber Attack (PC Magazine):  Admiral Michael Rogers of the U.S. Cyber Command and NSA warned of cyber attacks greater than cyber activities currently targeting U.S. assets, according to PC Magazine.  The article further stated that Director Rogers explained that today, hackers are conducting reconnaissance activities,  whereas in the future, actors […]

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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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