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House Passes Three Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bills to Protect Critical Infrastructure

On July 28, 2014, the House of Representatives passed three bills aimed at enhancing the cybersecurity efforts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in certain critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy...more

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Oil and Gas Operations—Q and A

The desire to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in commercial operations is steadily building. A wide variety of businesses would like to use these devices to improve efficiency and safety, and reduce costs. One field that...more

Oil and Gas Industry Forms Information Sharing Group to Combat Cyber Threats

In response to the growing threat from cyber-attacks, the oil and gas industry has announced the formation of an information sharing clearinghouse. The new group, known as the Oil and Natural Gas Information Sharing and...more

Department of Energy Invites Cybersecurity Comments

In a Federal Register notice to be officially published Friday, June 20, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) is inviting public participation in its efforts to develop a guidance document entitled “Energy Sector Framework...more

Focus on Regulatory Law - June 2014

In This Issue: Regulatory Authorities - ..Securities and Market Authority ..Authority for the Regulation of Electronic Communications ..Data Protection Authority ..Commission Nationale Informatique et...more

Avoiding Litigation: What Every Growing Company Should Know Now — Before It Is Too Late

The growth of business opportunities in the Bakken region is impressive and looks to continue on an upward trajectory for years to come. Companies that might have been small—or non-existent—just 5 years ago are growing at a...more

Washington Insight - May 2014

In This Issue: - Politics Drives the Agenda in Run-Up to the Midterms - An Insider's View: President Obama's Foreign Policy - The Anti-Energy Tax Incentives Caucus of the GOP - Trade Agenda Stagnant, For...more

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Four Takeaways For The Energy Industry

On February 12, 2014, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” (the “Framework”). Developed jointly by...more

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing on Grid Reliability and Security

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a standing-room only hearing titled “Keeping the lights on — Are we doing enough to ensure the reliability and security of the U.S. electric grid?” While...more

Privacy Monday – March 10, 2014

We hope that you remembered to “spring forward” over the weekend — Today’s Privacy Monday is a bit longer than usual – but an important read, particularly if you are a mobile app developer. California Public...more

Mineral Matters - Winter 2014

Introduction - Welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters and a slightly belated Happy New Year to you all. No doubt as you read this the holiday season seems a long time ago, but hopefully you had the oppor...more

NIST Cybersecurity Framework – What It Is and What It Means for the Energy Industry

The federal government’s long-awaited Cybersecurity Framework offers promising tools for energy companies to manage their cybersecurity risk, but leaves many questions unanswered. The National Institute of Standards and...more

California Public Utilities Commission Denies Request to Develop Privacy Standards for Wireless Carriers and Mobile Applications

After a year in which the California Legislature passed a spate of privacy laws, wireless providers and third party mobile application providers do not need to add privacy regulations from the California Public Utilities...more

Trade Secrets Trend To Watch In 2014: Government Regulations Requiring Public Disclosure Of Proprietary Information

In the New Year, one of the trade secret trends we’re watching is the ongoing tension between a company’s interest in preserving its proprietary information and the public’s demand to know more about the goods or services it...more

The Download - August 2013

In this issue: - Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Mobile Guidance - House Energy and Commerce Task Force on Privacy - The Senate Committee on Commerce Considers Cybersecurity - House Energy...more

Privacy Monday – August 19, 2013

After a brief August hiatus, Privacy Monday is back with privacy goofs, gaffes and tidbits to start your week. Department of Energy Hacked — Again -- Although the grid is supposed to be “critical infrastructure” as...more

No Warrant Needed for Cell Site Geolocational Information

The U.S. government can get historical cell phone records, including geolocational information, from cell phone providers without a warrant, the Fifth District Court of Appeals ruled. The appellate court reversed the trial...more

Congress, The Administration Move Forward To Secure Critical US Infrastructure

Cyber-attacks by both private actors and nation states against US critical infrastructure and individual communications users are on the rise. In Washington, DC, policy makers are increasing their focus on cyber threats on...more

"Cybersecurity Update: Key US and EU Regulatory Developments"

In recent months, federal and state governments have taken an increasingly active role in reviewing cybersecurity issues within the private sector. There has been a flurry of activity as different government bodies discuss...more

Federal Cybersecurity Initiatives Demand Vigilance of Communication and Energy Infrastructure Owners and Operators

Cybersecurity initiatives are moving rapidly within the federal government and require owners and operators of critical infrastructure – including in particular Communication and Energy Systems, and those who supply and...more

REGULATORY: FERC: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Bulk Electric System Cyber Security Standards

On April 18, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NOPR”) stating that it intends to approve Version 5 of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (“CIP”)...more

Energy Law Alert: FERC Approves New CIP Reliability Standards Despite Concern Over Ambiguity In Multiple Areas

On April 18, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking recommending approval of the Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards proposed by the North American...more

FERC Proposes to Approve Overhaul of NERC Cybersecurity Standards

Major revisions to the existing cybersecurity requirements for electric utilities will focus on greater protections for the most critical assets but will also ensure that all assets receive some level of protection....more

Out With the Old, in With the New – CIP Version 5 on the Horizon

Electric utilities and other generation and transmission companies will be subject to new cybersecurity standards under a proposed rule issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC proposed to approve the...more

NIST Holds First Workshop on Executive Order Cybersecurity Framework

On April 3, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a workshop at the Department of Commerce in which it offered a sneak preview of the Cybersecurity Framework required under the recently-issued...more

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