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House Passes the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act

Following Wednesday’s approval of the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R.1560) (“PCNA”), the House of Representatives passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731) (“NCPAA”) on Thursday, a move...more

House Passes Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bills

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the House passed H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, sponsored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), with Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) as lead cosponsor. ...more

House passes bipartisan bill with liability protections for sharing cyber threat data

In the wake of huge data breaches in the last year, multiple pieces of legislation have been introduced in the past few months relating to cybersecurity and the sharing of information between public and private entities in...more

Virginia first state to create cyber sharing organization

While the federal government grapples with multiple pieces of legislation aimed at sharing information on cyber threats, it is not surprising that states will now get into the fray....more

New Executive Order Allows for Sanctions Related to Cybersecurity

On April 1, 2015, President Obama issued a groundbreaking Executive Order (E.O.) enabling the United States to sanction persons that have (1) participated in malicious cyber-enabled activities constituting a “significant...more

House Passes New Cybersecurity Legislation Amidst Growing Pressure from Industry

The House of Representatives passed the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R.1560) (“PCNA”) yesterday, amidst growing pressure from industry to enact legislation that would help companies harden key infrastructure and respond...more

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Speaks about Cybersecurity at RSA Conference

As cyber week continues in Washington, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler traveled to the west coast to speak about cybersecurity at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Wheeler noted that the FCC has...more

Latest Spike in Prescription Drug Spending Prompts OIG Investigation

A new report released by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics shows that U.S. spending on pharmaceuticals increased in 2014 by 13.1 percent, reaching $373.9 billion. This is the highest increase since 2001 when drug...more

EPA Announces Timeline For Renewable Fuel Standards

On April 10, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lodged with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia a proposed consent decree to resolve litigation challenging the delay in issuing Renewable...more

Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015 Advances Despite Strong Criticism

On April 17, advocates in support of a federal data security and breach notification law achieved a victory when the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill supporting national legislation. The proposed Data...more

It’s Cyber Week in Washington, DC — and RSA Conference Week in San Francisco

Security is on the agenda from coast to coast this week. Cybersecurity information sharing legislation will hit the House floor this week. H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act was reported...more

Virginia Launches First State-Level Information Sharing and Analysis Organization

On April 20, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that the state is establishing the nation’s first state-level Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (“ISAO”), intended to enhance the voluntary sharing of critical...more

Congress To Take Up Major Cybersecurity Legislation During “Cyber Week”

Earlier this month, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) released an April agenda in which he designated the upcoming week to passing legislation to secure cyber networks and prevent data breaches. Making good on that...more

Cybersecurity Update: U.S. Sanctions on the Horizon for Malicious Cyber-Attackers

Executive Order 13694 is the Obama Administration’s latest tool to combat cybersecurity threats. On April 1, 2015, President Obama declared a national emergency to address the “increasing prevalence and severity of malicious...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Explores Post-Acute Bundling…CMS Releases First-ever Hospital Compare Star Ratings…Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Inpatient and Long-term Care Hospital Policy and Payment Changes....more

State AGs' Interest in Privacy and Cybersecurity - No End in Sight

State AGs continue to have a strong interest in privacy, and despite efforts on Capitol Hill to pass national legislation that would, in many instances, preempt state privacy laws (particularly data breach notice laws), there...more

Does the "Doc Fix" Bill Help Telemedicine and Telehealth?

In a word: yes. Telemedicine was one of the many beneficiaries of changes introduced by the so-called “doc fix” bill, formally titled the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2). The legislation was passed by...more

Are Regulatory Fears Impeding Industry Cyber Sharing?

They say that no good deed goes unpunished. And when it comes to cyber sharing, industry leaders are concerned that their only “reward” for helping the government identify and respond to cyberthreats may be a stiff rebuke...more

New Federal Bill Would Preempt State Data Security Breach Notification Laws

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) recently introduced H.R. 1770, legislation intended to establish a framework of national data security breach laws, to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill, called the Data Security...more

Week in Review - April 2015 #3

Tax Revenue - Minnesota raked in $100 million more in tax collections in February and March than State forecasters had predicted. The Minnesota Management and Budget Department said the additional revenue topped...more

4 off-the-radar things you need to know about proposed patent reforms

Current patent reform efforts in Congress center around two pieces of legislation. One, pending in the House of Representatives is sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) (H.R. 9, known as the “Innovation Act”). The other is...more

Wyoming amends data breach notification law

Continuing to add to the confusion surrounding provisions in 47 different state breach notification laws, Wyoming amended two laws last month which expand the definition of personal information requiring notification in the...more

Cyber Legislation on the Move: Data Breach Bill Passes Out of Committee

As an extension of our forecast of upcoming cyber-related legislation, on April 15, the House Energy & Commerce Committee approved the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015 (H.R. 1770), adopting three amendments...more

The Evolving U.S. Cybersecurity Landscape: What Firms Want to Know

Following a year of high-profile data breaches, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on January 13, 2015 that, for the second consecutive year, its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)...more

Bitcoin Penetrates the Presidential Campaign

Bitcoin continues to push deeper into the fabric of American society as it may now have an impact on who we elect as the President of the United States in 2016. Last week, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul became the first candidate...more

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