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Cyber Command elevated to Unified Combatant Command

Still dual-hatted, or not?  We’ve been reporting on this issue for years, but it is hard to tell from this statement. The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release August 18, 2017 Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command I have directed that United States Cyber Command […]

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Very initial thoughts on today’s White House cybersecurity order

For full text, see our post. Once again, the NIST Framework is key. Each Agency has 90 days to provide a risk management report to the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Director of the OMB. DHS, OMB, Commerce, General Services and the White House staff then have 60 days to submit to the President […]

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Actual Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure

For Immediate Release May 11, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – STRENGTHENING THE CYBERSECURITY OF FEDERAL NETWORKS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States […]

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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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2009 v. 2017 in Cybersecurity: Comparing Recommendations for 44th and 45th Presidencies from The Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) produced a cybersecurity report in December 2008 for the 44th Presidency (CSIS-44) and built on that to produce a report in January of 2017 for the 45th Presidency (CSIS-45).  What follows is a limited comparison between the two reports. Some of the notable differences between CSIS-44 and CSIS-45 include: […]

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2009 v. 2017 in Cybersecurity: Comparing Recommendations for 44th and 45th Presidencies from The Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) produced a cybersecurity agenda in December 2008 for the 44th Presidency (CSIS:44) and built on that to produce a report in January of 2017 for the 45th Presidency (CSIS:45).  What follows is a high-level overview of each (a future post will compare/contrast the two reports).     […]

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Report: Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity that was created earlier this year released its final report yesterday.   One article discussing  the report said it consists of 16 recommendations, including further cooperation between the government and private sector, a cyber security ambassador to the international community, and more “top-down” solutions to cyber that remove […]

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US Presidential Election 2016: Clinton and Trump on Cybersecurity

This is to attempt to glean through both their words and actions what the principle candidates’ positions are on cyber security.  Excluded here are any specific remarks that either candidate may have directed at the other candidate’s cyber security posture. Hillary Clinton – The Democratic Nominee Clinton has served in various political (appointed and elected) positions, and […]

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Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Here is the text of the White House news release: The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 13, 2016 President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: General Keith Alexander, USA (Ret) […]

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Cyber Round Up: Obama’s $19B Cybersecurity Plan, US IT Professionals Overconfident in Cyberattack detection, Secure Your Plant: Managing Risk Posed by Hackers that Target IIOT

Obama’s $19B Cybersecurity plan takes aim at cybercrime, underscores skills gap (SearchCIO): President Obama recently unveiled a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (“CNAP”) which is a highlight of the budget being proposed for the 2017 fiscal year, according to a SearchCIO article by Francesca Sales. The article indicates that some of the key areas of CNAP […]

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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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