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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

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

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

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

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

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

European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy publish opinion on the proposed General Data Protection Regulation

Following the lead of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), which already released its draft report (see our prior blog), 20 February, the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and...more

White House Cyber Security Coordinator Warns Regulations Are Needed

A sweeping cyber security law is unlikely to pass any time soon. White House Cyber Security Coordinator Michael Daniel warned last week that President Obama's Executive Order on Cyber Security (EO) could result in new...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: NIST Issues Request for Information on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Practices

On February 26, following close on the heels of the recent executive order setting forth the administration’s approach to the regulation of critical infrastructure network security, the National Institute of Standards and...more

REGULATORY: U.S. Regulatory; EU Regulatory: Cybersecurity Efforts to Secure Critical Infrastructure including the Energy Sector...

In recent years, the security of computerized data and the ability of public and private entities to respond to unauthorized penetration of computer networks has been intensely debated by policymakers. The risks associated...more

European Commission Publishes Cybersecurity Strategy and a Proposed Directive on Network and Information Security that Would...

On 7 February 2013, the European Commission published two cybersecurity documents designed to provide a comprehensive vision of how European Union Member States, national authorities, and private industry will prevent and...more

What You Should Be Doing Now to Prepare for Implementation of the Cybersecurity Executive Order

A tempting response to the Cybersecurity Executive Order (the "Order"), announced by President Obama at his State of the Union address, is to ignore it. It is vague in key particulars, such as which companies are part of the...more

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