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Cyber Round Up: Surveillance Reform; DHS to mandate basic security protocols; Proposed Hack Back Bill

Surveillance “Reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s Long, Slow Goodbye (Just Security): A post on Just Security earlier this week addressed both the history of surveillance in the U.S. since 9/11 and the future of it with the looming sunset of Section 702. The post explains how, in the wake of the terrorist attacks, those in charge were […]

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Hidden Cobra– North Korean Cyber Attacks Continue

The looming nuclear threats from North Korea have temporarily subsided but the nation’s cyber operations, labeled HIDDEN COBRA, have continued. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued an updated version of a joint statement and technical report on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.   The […]

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Cyber Round Up: Hacking in Outer-Space; N.Korea and Cyber; Shadow Brokers and NSA

Outer-Space Hacking a Top Concern for NASA’s Cybersecurity Chief (Bloomberg Law):  Many of NASA’s projects in space have lasted longer than they ever expected, which causes problems when it comes to security.  A recent article explained that while the longevity of these projects provides masses of valuable information, it is only a matter of time before someone […]

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Cyber Round Up: Challenges for Rob Joyce; Proposal gives DHS $1.5 billion for cyber; Congressman wants cyber version of National Guard

Challenges Ahead For New White House Cybersecurity Advisor (Forbes): Commentary earlier this week addressed some of the many challenges that will be facing recently appointed cyber security adviser Rob Joyce.  The article labeled the former NSA hacker as “the poster child for. . . distrust” that is so commonly associated with the NSA in the post-Snowden era. […]

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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: U.S. Strengthens Cyber Defenses while recruiting 6,000 cyber-warriors, RSA:CyberSecurity industry is ‘fundamentally broken’, Who’s Really in Charge in case of a US Cyberattack?

U.S. Grapples with Controlling ‘cyber-munitions’ while Recruiting 6,000 new Cyber-Warriors (TechRepublic): According to TechRepublic, the development of code-based tools, known as cyber-munitions, which can wreak havoc in the world of cyber, is a burgeoning, worldwide industry.  The article states that this is troubling since these cyber-munitions were originally developed by or controlled by the U.S. government, […]

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DHS Has Done Little To Protect Port Facilities

Gregory C. Wilshusen, Director of Information Security Issues for the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) testified before the Committee on Homeland Security Issues and the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, House of Representatives, on the state of cybersecurity at the nation’s maritime critical infrastructure.  The testimony was based on an audit conducted by the GAO […]

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Cyber Round Up: Cyber Hygiene Bill Introduced, CyberSecurity: An Important Element of Foreign Policy, Cybersecurity Litigation: Regulation and Legislation

House Dem. Eshoo Introduces Cyber Hygiene Bill (The Hill): Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the “Promoting Good Cyber Hygiene Act” which would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to create voluntary guidelines for securing networks, according to the article.  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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