New Frontiers in Science, Cyber, & Technology

INSCT’s New Frontiers in Science, Cyber, and Technology initiative explores the current national and international legal and policy challenges of global interconnectivity, novel technologies, cyberwarfare, and the balance of security needs and civil liberties. Interdisciplinary projects leverage a network of experts in cybersecurity law and policy, Internet governance, information security, cryptography, systems assurance, critical infrastructure, smart grid distribution, and the economics of distributed systems.

Collaborators are drawn from several SU colleges and departments—Law, Economics, Information Studies, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science—as well as from government and private entities, including General Electric, Infragard, JPMorgan Chase, and the US Department of Homeland Security.

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INSCT/NATO Cyber Project

In 2015 INSCT began a collaboration with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence (CCDCOE), based in Tallinn, Estonia. Authors of the “Tallinn Manual on International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare,” experts at CCDCOE are at the forefront of understanding the challenges of applying existing international laws and norms to the constantly evolving cyber realm. As the Tallinn Manual project continues, INSCT staff, faculty, and associates have been invited to add their insights into how to reform international law and domestic law in the digital age.

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Cyber Incidents of National Significance

At the core of this research is the premise that the goal of securing cyberspace must be grounded in an empirical portrait of actual cyber conflict behavior and security norms. The CyberINS online database draws upon published vulnerability data and processes it through a set of scoring rules to identify cyber incidents with potential national security implications. As far as INSCT can determine, CyberINS is the only dynamic cyber incidents tool that uses open source data, adds research-driven analytical determinations to existing cyber incident reporting, and makes empirical assessments about cyber events in terms of their national significance.

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Domesticating the Drone: Evaluating Privacy Policy in the Use of UAS in the US

INSCT is closely tracking the debate on the domestic use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (also called Unmanned Aerial Systems, or drones). The Domesticating the Drone website serves as a resource for those following—and influencing—US policymaking related to drones. It includes updates on federal, state, and local laws; think tank and government reports; and news and commentary related to the implications (to privacy and more) of aerial surveillance and other work being done by drones in US airspace.

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preSAGE: Privacy, Regulation, & Economics in a Smart Assured Grid Ecosystem

preSAGE applies four integrated perspectives—technology, security, economics, and law—to solve emerging problems of security, privacy, integrity, accountability, and functionality for critical infrastructure, the smart grid, and the “Internet of Things.” Central to the preSAGE project is a risk-assessment modality to build tools to design and test systems and protocols that will allow secure, reliable joint control of smart appliances and vehicles. INSCT has teamed with critical parties from across SU’s campus on this issue: Corporate Relations and Technical Alliances and the departments of Economics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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The Rise of the Drones

INSCT’s project on “The Rise of the Drones” seeks to illuminate the debate on the legality of the use of drones to target enemies, including al-Qa’ida and Taliban operatives, in various locations around the world.

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Cybersecurity Courses: Educating Future Leaders

INSCT offers both traditional and distance education coursework on emerging issues in cybersecurity law and policy. For federal officials, INSCT also works with the highly-regarded Syracuse University School of Information Studies as participants in the Department of Homeland Security Career Development Fellows Program.

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Cybersecurity Events

INSCT’s cybersecurity symposia and speaker series address diverse and pressing law, policy, and technology topics in contemporary cybersecurity, including systems assurance, accountability mechanisms, trusted identities, anonymity in cyberspace, internet governance, and cyber warfare.