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Obama Executive Order — Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Today, 2/9/16, U.S. President Obama issued an executive order creating a commission on enhancing national security.  Note that it resides within the Department of Commerce, not the military or the Department of Homeland Security.  The official text: For Immediate Release February 09, 2016 Executive Order — Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity EXECUTIVE ORDER – – […]

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Executive Order — Establishment of the Federal Privacy Council

Today, 2/9/16, U.S. President Obama issued this executive order: For Immediate Release February 09, 2016 Executive Order — Establishment of the Federal Privacy Council EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FEDERAL PRIVACY COUNCIL By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the […]

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Feb 9th, 2016 privacy, White House

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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Cyber Round Up: PA Federal Court finds standing in class action, Cyberwar Ignites a New Arms Race, Obama Won’t Seek Access to Encrypted User Data

Pennsylvania Federal Court Finds Standing in Data Breach Class Action (Cyber Law Monitor): The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA has found standing in a data breach class action, marking the first time this court has done so, according to this article.  The article indicates that this is similar to other courts […]

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Cyber Round Up: Cyberspace Becoming a Strategic Liability — WH Cybersecurity Coordinator, SEC Steps Up Cybersecurity Enforcement, Navy Establishes Cybersecurity Division

Cyberspace Becoming a Strategic Liability — WH Cybersecurity Coordinator (Fiercegovernmentit.com):  According to an article by FierceGovernmentIT, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel spoke at the National Cybersecurity Alliance and Fido Alliance on October 6.  In his keynote address, Mr. Daniel explained that cyber vandalism, the act of using cyber intrusions to embarrass targets, are “the […]

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Actual US-China MOU Following President Xi Visit

Following Chinese President Xi’s visit to the U.S. last week, we have found little actual material specifically pointing to an agreement on economic cyber espionage activity between the U.S. and China.  As of today, we have the White House Fact Sheet, the joint statement from U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, […]

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Cyber Round Up: China, US Reach Cyber ‘Understanding’, Chinese Military Unit Responsible for ‘Naikon’, Pakistan Government Websites Hacked

China and US Reach Cyber ‘Understanding’ (White House):  The White House released a statement on September 25 announcing that President Obama and Chinese President Xi an ‘understanding’ on issues of cyber security in the commercial sector.  According to the statement, both nations agreed to commit to refrain from conducting or knowingly supporting the “misappropriation of […]

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Draft AUMF from White House

On February 11, 2015, the President of the United States sent a letter to Congress “submitting a draft AUMF that would authorize the continued use of military force to degrade and defeat ISIL.”  Recall that past Authorizations for Military Force (AUMF) have been cited by the White House as authority for electronic surveillance as “signals […]

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“Cyber-vandalism”? Wrong, Again, Mr. President.

The other day, I criticized the Administration for using the language of war to discuss the Sony hack.  Now, CNN reports that the President has switched to the other end of the rhetorical spectrum: “‘It was an act of cybervandalism,’ Obama said in an interview with CNN.”  Wrong again.  What happened to Sony was not […]

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Chinese Hackers? Russian Hackers? Hacktivists? Uncertainty Behind the Source of the Recent Breaches of Government Agencies

It started late in October, when computer networks at the White House were breached by an outside group, causing disruptions throughout the entire system.  Since then a number of agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service and the National Weather Service, have reported attacks.  Then, this past Sunday, the State Department took the unprecedented step of […]

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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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