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Cyber Round Up: A Manhattan Project for Cybersecurity, EU Scales Up Cyber-Attack Responses, Senate Defense Bill Calls for Blockchain Cybersecurity Study

Time for the US to Develop a Manhattan Project in Cybersecurity (The Hill): Opinion contributor Greg Clark poses the question, “If cybersecurity is one the greatest challenges facing our nation today (and few would question that it is), why are we helping our adversary defeat billions of dollars in cyber defenses?” Clark discusses how the […]

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Cyber Round Up: Ridge – Cyber Attacks are now worse than Physical Attacks, Cyberwarfare: What are we doing today?, Time to adjust U.S. National Security Strategy

Tom Ridge: Cyber attacks are now worse than physical attacks (Yahoo! Finance): According to this article by Daniel Roberts, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, was quoted as saying the following at the Concordia Summit in NY: Notwithstanding the pain and horror associated with a physical attack … the potential […]

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Information Warfare: Russian Activities

Catherine A. Theohary and Kathleen J. McInnis of CRS analyze Russia’s and the DOD’s understanding of Information Warfare in the context of recent events.

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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 Caused Ukrainian Power Outage — U.S. report; U.S. Air Force Cyber Weapon Operational; U.S. Navy Issues New Cybersecurity Standards

Hackers Caused Ukrainian Power Outage — U.S. report (Arstechnica): The Department of Homeland Security Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (“ICS-CERT”) determined that hackers did indeed cause the December 2015 power outage in Ukraine that affected 225,000 customers, according to Arstechnica. The article reported that this is the “first confirmed instance” of the use […]

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Cyber Round Up: Rudy Giuliani compares cybersecurity to cancer and hackers to the Mafia, U.S. Utilities worry about cyber coverage after Ukraine Attack, Congress Needs to Catch up on Cybersecurity Issues

Rudy Giuliani Compares Cybersecurity to Cancer and Hackers to the Mafia (MarketWatch): In a recent MarketWatch article, Giuliani, a prostate cancer survivor compared cybersecurity to cancer, saying that both present similar challenges and that early detection is vital to reducing damage.  Giuliani went on to say that cybercrime reminds him of the organized criminal networks that […]

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Pentagon Charged with Security Clearance Data Protection

Following the massive data breach involving the Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) which compromised approximately 22 million security clearance records of federal employees and contractors, the Obama administration has tasked the Department of Defense (“DOD”) with overhauling the background investigation process, Nextgov reported. This move shifts the responsibility to protect security clearance information from the OPM, the agency that spearheaded the effort at the […]

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Cyber Round Up: Japan Hosting “White Hat” Hackers to Test Security Systems; US Government Slow to Upgrade Cybersecurity Protections; US Assisting Ukraine Investigate Electrical Grid Hack

Japan Hosting “White Hat” Hackers to Test Security Systems (The Asahi Shimbun): Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (“METI”) will be testing the security systems of the nation’s utilities industry including electricity, gas, and water, according to The Asahi Shimbun. METI will be inviting hackers to find vulnerabilities and penetrate the security systems of the target companies that […]

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Cyber Operations: Improving the Military Cybersecurity Posture in an Uncertain Threat Environment

Cyber Operations: Improving the Military Cybersecurity Posture in an Uncertain Threat Environment — hearing before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Vulnerabilities. The full report is available below.  

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Cyber Round Up: US Government Agencies Ignoring Cybersecurity Warnings, Post-Paris Renewed Debate About Government Access to Encrypted Data, On Encryption: Big Tech Is Not Budging

U.S. Government Agencies Ignoring 840 Warnings on Poor Cybersecurity (Sputnik News): According to this article by Sputnik News, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) made approximately 2,000 recommendations to improve information security in U.S. government agencies over the past six years and to-date, the government has implemented slightly over half of the recommendations (1,160).  Weaknesses included […]

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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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