Data Breach at the University: Preparing Our Networks

Preparing our Networks_croppedThis spring, in partnership with the George Mason University Law and Economic Center, the National Security Law Journal is excited to host Data Breach at the University: Preparing Our Networks, a Cybersecurity Tabletop Legal Exercise.

With over 700 data breaches identified at educational institutions between 2005-2014, it is clear that colleges and universities are a prime target for cyber attacks.  University networks serve a wide variety of user groups and house a wealth of information.  According to the Ponemon Institute, the per capita cost of a university data breach is second highest only to the healthcare industry.

The scenario for this day-long tabletop focuses on a data breach at a public university that has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security on research and development.  Participants include representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of Education, the Virginia Governor’s office, the MS-ISAC, and several local universities.  During this tabletop exercise, we will explore the unique cyber security challenges of a university environment, interdependencies with other sectors, and the potential legal implications of a data breach.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 2016; however, please note that attendance and participation in the event is by invitation only. Mason Law students who are interested in volunteering at the event should e-mail for more information.



Print edition of Vol. 4, Issue 1 now available

The print edition of Volume Print-Edition-Ad4, Issue 1 is now available on and Barnes & Noble. In this issue, Major Patrick Walsh, Associate Law Professor at the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School, analyzes a framework where national security professionals can predict changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to determine which programs are at risk of removal by future executive, legislative or judicial action; and Jesse Medlong, an Associate at DLA Piper LLP (US), uses quantum theory to examine the unique legal role of delegated authority and standard operating procedures in the military. This issue also contains two comments by George Mason Univ. School of Law students: Stephen Jackson proposes designating Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations to facilitate prosecution; and Molly Picard examines potential civil liabilities for U.S. military personnel engaged in the cyberspace battlefield. Each copy is only $12.95 and eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime.

2016-2017 Editorial Board announced and student pieces selected for publication

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2015-2016 Editorial Board and Members

The outgoing Editorial Board of the National Security Law Journal is excited to announce the incoming Editorial Board for the 2016-2017 academic year. Congratulations to all of the incoming editors and members:

These editors and members will play an important role in shaping the future of the National Security Law Journal. The outgoing Board looks forward to celebrating the incoming Board’s successes, and it extends its gratitude to these members for their ongoing dedication to the Journal.

Additionally, the outgoing Editorial Board has recently reviewed a number of great Comments and Notes submitted by our Candidate Member class and publish-on applicants. Congratulations to the students whose pieces were selected for publication in our upcoming issues:

Vol. 4, Issue 2 (Spring/Summer 2016):

  • Jameson Goodell, The Revival of Treason: Why Homegrown Terrorists Should Be Tried as Traitors
  • Chelsea Smith, Hacking Federal Cybersecurity Legislation: Reforming Legislation to Promote the Effective Security of Federal Information Systems

Vol. 5, Issue 1 (Fall/Winter 2016):

  • Richard Sterns, Unregulated and Under the Radar: The National Security Case for Federal Regulations of Certain Small Maritime Vessels
  • Jaren Stanton, Amber Waves of Grain: Are National Security Interests Destroying the Land they Fight to Preserve?

Video from “Policy By Other Means” event now online

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Policy By Other Means: A Review of DOD’s Law of War Manual

The video from our most recent event, “Policy By Other Means: A Review of DOD’s Law of War Manual,” is now available online. This event, hosted by the National Security Law Journal at the Arlington Campus of the George Mason University, featured a spirited debate on DOD’s recently published department-wide law of war manual. Moderated by Mr. Harvey Rishikof, former Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the distinguished panel included Mr. Matthew McCormack, Associate General Counsel from the Department of Defense, Dr. Nicholas Rostow, a Professor from the National Defense University, and Mr. Tom Bowman, National Public Radio’s Pentagon reporter. All three panelists commented on the novelty of the Law of War Manual and addressed current controversies surrounding the unprecedented publication, including the Manual’s impact on journalists who are embedded with deployed military units.