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Hackers Target U.S. Power Plants, Including Kansas Nuclear Facility

by King & Spalding on

According to a June 2017 joint report issued by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), hackers penetrated the computer networks of at least a dozen U.S. power plants...more

Texas Utility Company Sends in the Drones to Inspect 5-Miles of Power Lines

More and more utility companies are finding drones (or more formally, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)) useful, and cost effective, to inspect power lines in lieu of sending up their employees to carry out the dangerous task....more

Senate Passes Russia and Iran Sanctions Legislation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On June 19, 2017, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill mandating sanctions against Russia and Iran and a 30-day congressional review period should the president attempt to reduce those sanctions....more

Authorities Investigating Cyber Intrusion of Numerous U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

It’s scary to think about, but anything that is online is hackable. Including critical infrastructure like nuclear power plants. It has been reported that U.S. authorities are investigating a cyber intrusion that has hit...more

Malware Capable of Shutting Down Electric Grids Confirmed

by Hogan Lovells on

Malware was recently identified that appears to have been designed and deployed by a nation-state to target and shut down electric grids. According to published reports, this malware currently appears to be capable of...more

Presidential Executive Order on Cybersecurity: No More Antiquated IT

On May 11, President Donald Trump issued his long-awaited Executive Order on cybersecurity, the ‘‘Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.’’ It had been...more

Trump Executive Order Addresses Executive Branch, Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

by Dechert LLP on

President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order on May 11, 2017 aimed at “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure” (the “Order”). The Order mandates federal governmental review of...more

Cybersecurity Considerations in the Energy Sector

by Hogan Lovells on

Cyber threats are pervasive, growing, and real, whether an individual is dealing with them professionally as a Cyber Security Practitioner (CSP) or has been touched by cybercrime in his or her personal life. In today’s...more

Your Cyber Minute: Attorney-client privilege in the midst of a cybersecurity breach

by Hogan Lovells on

In the wake of a cyber attack, it’s a common assumption that attorney-client privilege is ironclad. It’s not that simple. Partners Harriet Pearson and Michelle Kisloff examine the nuances and offer best practices. ...more

U.S. Steel ITC Case Alleging Chinese Government Hacked Its Network and Stole Its Secret Formulas May Be Revived

First, a little background for those unfamiliar with the wonderful world of the International Trade Commission (ITC). Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1337) prohibits “unfair methods of competition and...more

UAS, A Growing Part of the Oil and Gas Industry

As the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or as they are more commonly called, drones) continues to rapidly increase as technology continues to develop, more and more industries will utilize UAS in their day-to-day...more

Task Force Report and NIST Revisions Highlight Need for Increased Private-Sector Cybersecurity Efforts

by King & Spalding on

New technologies enhance the capabilities and efficiency of the energy industry. But these technologies also bring increasing cyber risks to the industry, the economy, and national security. Recognizing that critical energy...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - February 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our February edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. In Leaders in the News,...more

NIST Issues Practice Guide for Electric Utilities

On February 16, 2017, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence released its draft practice guide for electric utilities, entitled “Situational Awareness for Electric Utilities.”...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A review of the Fed minutes released yesterday shows the willingness of some Fed Governors to start rate raising again sooner rather than later....more

Cybersecurity 2017: The Year in Preview

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Introduction - Cybersecurity was a prominent factor in 2016 in all aspects of government, business and personal affairs. Russian and other foreign national hacking has the potential to spark a new form of cold...more

The EU Winter Package Briefing Paper

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Clean energy for all Europeans - On 30 November 2016 the Commission published its so-called ‘Winter Package’ of eight proposals to facilitate the transition to a ‘clean energy economy’ and to reform the design and...more

Energy Insider Interview Series: David McCurdy, CEO, American Gas Association

Ed Hild: Let’s talk a little bit about the new Presidential administration and what impact it might have on the gas industry. Throughout the campaign, President Trump spent a lot of time talking about relaxing regulations on...more

Department of Energy Raises Concerns on Cybersecurity for Grid

by Locke Lord LLP on

The U.S. Department of Energy has raised serious concerns regarding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the U.S. energy grid in its Quadrennial Energy Review. Chapter IV of the Review (which begins on its 272nd page)...more

NARUC Release of Cybersecurity Guidelines should have Utility Companies on High Alert

by Nossaman LLP on

On January 30, 2017, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (“NARUC”) released Version 3.0 of “Cybersecurity A Primer for State Utility Regulators.”  This cybersecurity overview is an important reminder...more

Maritime Cybersecurity Regulation on the Horizon

by King & Spalding on

Over the past year, various institutions and organizations—both domestic and international—have shown an interest in moving the increasingly prevalent cybersecurity conversation offshore. Domestically, both Congress and...more

Insurance Coverage for Lost Profits Arising from Cyber Attacks on the U.S. Power Grid – Contingent Business Interruption Coverage...

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Washington Post reported Friday that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. utility grid through Burlington Electric, a Vermont utility. Although the utility later clarified that the attacked computer was not connected...more

DOE Issues Proposed Grid Security Emergency Order Procedures in Accordance with FAST Act

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued proposed procedures that would govern emergency orders issued by the Secretary of DOE, following the president’s declaration of a Grid Security Emergency. These...more

Cybersecurity 2017 – The Year in Preview: Energy and Security

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a continuing end-of-year series. See our previous posts on trade secrets, state regulation and law enforcement, HIPAA compliance, and emerging threats. Our last post will focus on...more

NERC Increasing Penalties for Fundamentally Failing to Comply with Cyber Standards

by Cozen O'Connor on

For the second time in less than a year, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has imposed a six-figure penalty on a participant in the electric market for fundamentally failing to comply with the NERC...more

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