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Draft Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Act of 2017

The Draft IOT Cybersecurity Act of 2017: According to an article in the National Law Review, this draft legislation was introduced by Senators Mark Warner, Cory Gardner, Ron Wyden, and Steve Daines. The purpose of the legislation is to entice IoT vendors to implement the following designs into their products: the ability to patch devices; […]

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Cyber Round Up: Brenner and MIT’s Report; Germany emerging as cyber leader; FCC has flaw in communications infrastructure

Former NSA Inspector General Releases Cybersecurity Recommendations For Trump (WBUR Boston):   A recent article summarized an MIT report that recommended eight ways for President Trump to secure critical infrastructure. The article said that the report featured guest writing from former NSA IG Joel Brenner, and advocated for including the private sector. The article contains some quotes from […]

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Cyber Round Up: Senate approves tech bills; Microsoft survives appeal; Russia arrests top cyber expert accused of treason

Senate panel approves slew of tech bills (The Hill):   A Senate committee approved seven technology focused bills yesterday, according to a recent report.   The Senate Commerce Committee’s first action in the 115th Congress included a stamp of approval on a bill related to the Internet of Things, the article said.  The Developing Innovation and […]

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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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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 (ComputerWeekly.com):  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: Juniper VPN Code Exploit, Obama to Sign New Cybersecurity Bill, Verizon ePHI Report Watch

Secret Code Found in Juniper’s Firewalls Shows Risk of Government Backdoors (Wired):  A recent article by Kim Zetter indicates that Juniper Networks revealed that it had found “unauthorized” code embedded in the operating system (“OS”) running some of Juniper’s firewalls.  Zetter’s article states that this nefarious code dates back to at least 2012 and it […]

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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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N.Y. Regulators Consider Cybersecurity Requirements for Banks and Insurers

N.Y. Regulators Weigh Cybersecurity Requirements for Banks, Insurers (Insurance Journal): According to a recent report in Insurance Journal, New York Financial Services (“NYFS”) Superintendent Anthony Albanese, indicated that “robust regulation” is needed to address cybersecurity needs within the banking and insurance industry.  This article indicates that the NYFS recommendation is the result of a survey […]

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Cyber Round Up: Cybersecurity fears causes Navy to dust off low-tech nav, DoD Focuses on Individuals to Bolster Cybersecurity, CISA Battle between Senate and Tech Heats Up

Cybersecurity Fears force Navy to Train with Ancient Technology (The Washington Post):   It has been nearly 20 years since the U.S. Navy trained sailors on celestial navigation, according to the article.  However, the Navy is returning to this practice in light of the current threat vectors in cyberspace and the need to have a […]

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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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