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New York: Proposed Regulations for Cybersecurity Come up Short

Opinion: NY’s Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations come up Short Governor Cuomo released proposed regulations yesterday through the Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) that would require Covered Entities to hire Chief Information Security Officers (“CISO”) and perform a number of other cybersecurity tasks which seems like a good step towards enhanced cybersecurity, but is it really?


Cyber Roundup: Obama and Putin talk Cybersecurity at G20; Russia implicated in election hacks; China’s cybersecurity laws could cost trillions

Obama met with Putin, Says Hackers Shouldn’t Create a Cyber “Wild, Wild West” (ABC News): President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for 90 minutes at the G20, discussing cybersecurity among other things, an ABC News article says.   Speaking after the meeting, President Obama urged hackers not to turn cyberspace into the “Wild, Wild […]

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UPDATE: Actual letter from Senators Included…Cyber Round Up: Six Senators Urge Obama to Prioritize Cybersecurity at G20; China Sets New Tone in Drafting Cybersecurity Rules; More

Six Senators Urge Obama to Prioritize Cybersecurity at G20 (ABCNews):   Six Democratic Senators wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to prioritize Cybersecurity at the upcoming G20 summit in China.   The ABC News article outlined the reasoning behind the letter signed by Gary Peters (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), […]

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Cyber Round Up: Hackers Breach Election Systems; FBI Says Foreign Hackers Penetrated Election Systems; Of Course Everyone’s Already Using the Leaked NSA Exploits

Officials: Hackers Breach Election Systems in IL, AZ (CNN): according to a recent CNN report hackers successfully breached election system databases in Illinois and Arizona.  CNN reports that hackers were able to access and compromise 200,000 personal voter records.  However, the Board of Elections stated that they have a high level of confidence that none […]

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US to cede control of ICANN?

Is Obama about to cede control of the Internet to Foreign Governments? (TheDailyWire): According to a recent article in The Daily Wire, the Commerce Department is slated to relinquish control over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) beginning on October 1st.  The article posits that US control over ICANN enabled it to […]

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White House Announces “Cybersecurity National Action Plan”

The Obama Administration has released a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (“CNAP”) that will provide the nation with a long-term strategy to “enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections, protect privacy, maintain public safety as well as economic and national security, and empower Americans to take better control of their digital security,” according to a White House press release. This long-term […]

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The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015

Introduction In the eleventh hour of the twelfth month of 2015, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (“CISA”)  (Public Law No. 114-113)[1], pushed through Congress as part of an omnibus spending bill and was subsequently signed by President Obama.[2] This bill has been hailed by its sponsors as long overdue and an important step in enhancing […]

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The Blind Leading The Blind: CA and NY Push anti-encryption for smartphones

California Joins New York in Opposing Phone Encryption (  Warwick Ashford, writing for Computer Weekly reports that now California is joining New York in considering legislation to force technology companies to give law enforcement workaround to access encrypted devices.  Ashford states that the means proposed by New York and California to access encrypted data are […]

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Cyber Round Up: New year, new trends; US DOJ says Chinese Cyber-Espionage National Security Emergency; Ukraine to review Cyber Defenses

New year, new trends in cybersecurity (ITProPortal): Mike Turner reports that while 2015 may have been the year that cyberattacks and cybersecurity went mainstream, there is plenty more in store for 2016.  According to the article there are six key areas to watch in the coming year: Insecure digital services: as consumers and enterprises continue […]

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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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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