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NERC Increasing Penalties for Fundamentally Failing to Comply with Cyber Standards

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

FCC's Order on Broadband Privacy Will Be Felt by Energy Companies

Modern energy companies should pay close attention to the Federal Communications Commission's recent order adopting rules protecting the privacy of customer proprietary information. Although not particularly focused on energy...more

Connecticut Governor appoints State Cybersecurity Czar

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently appointed Democrat Arthur H. House the state’s first cybersecurity czar. House moves into the role after serving as the chairman of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for the past four...more

World Energy Council Issues New Report on Cyber Risk

Because cyber risk presents a “unique concern” in the energy sector, the World Energy Council has issued a new report entitled “The Road to Resilience: Managing Cyber risks,” to its industry leaders....more

EIB Energy Highlights: FERC on Cybersecurity, Clean Power Plan Hearing Agenda, NatGas & Oil Exports Rise & More

Natural Gas - Natural Gas Outlook: U.S. On Track to be Net Exporter Q2 2017: Natural gas production and consumption are expected to rise this year due to increases in natural gas prices and LNG exports, as well as...more

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Operators Have Cyber Protection Obligations Even After Closing

As Yogi Berra used to say: “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Coal plant operators shutting down their plants should remember this phrase. Even after they throw the breakers, go off the grid, are no longer contributing to the...more

Regulators Nationwide Weigh in on CPUC Litigation

In May, we posted a blog on litigation filed by telecom providers and trade associations to prevent the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) from requiring Plaintiffs to turn over competitively sensitive data to a...more

New Presidential Policy Directive Hopes to Coordinate Federal Response in the Event of a Cyber Attack

In an implicit acknowledgment that the Federal government's response to cyberattacks is diffused among quite a number of agencies, the White House issued Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 41 last week (July 26). The...more

The energy sector deals with cyber-risks: key points

Cyber-risks have become a part of life in American business, and the energy sector is certainly not exempt from these dangers. Indeed, the sector’s critical infrastructure has been identified as a global target, and several...more

Top takeaways from North American Leaders' Summit and Canada-Mexico state visit

This past week the North American Leaders' Summit (NALS) was held in Ottawa, Canada, with US President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prior to the summit,...more

World Energy Council warns utility industry of advanced malware

The World Energy Council recently warned the utility industry that one of the top threats to the energy sector is advanced malware attacks. The warning noted that the utility sector is vulnerable because of the size of the...more

FERC to Strengthen Protections for Infrastructure Information

Implementing new statutory authority, FERC proposes revised regulations to secure and share Critical Electric Infrastructure Information and penalize its unauthorized disclosure....more

State Sponsored Attacks Increasing and Targeting Industrial Facilities

A representative of Honeywell Process Solutions (Honeywell), which provides cybersecurity services for over 400 industrial sites worldwide, recently commented publicly that Honeywell is seeing an increase in nation-state and...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: April

Antitrust and competition - A welcome limitation on the investigatory powers of the Commission when requesting information from companies - On 10 March 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) set aside...more

“A Look Ahead To 2016” – The Coast Guard Charts Its Course For The Coming Year

The United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Thomas recently penned an article for the Marine News magazine, February 2016 edition, highlighting the Coast Guard’s “priorities” for 2016. The article is available at the...more

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues final rule on cybersecurity standards

Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a final rule, which creates standards for cybersecurity of the electric grid. The final rule adopts seven revised critical infrastructure protection...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Modern Compliance Programs in an Age of New Threats

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

Spear-phishing campaigns continue to infiltrate critical infrastructure

The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) has reported that critical infrastructure systems in the U.S. experienced a 20% increase in cybersecurity...more

DHS official warns of increase in cyberattacks of industrial control systems

Marty Edwards, head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), recently warned attendees at a conference that ICS-CERT, (which assists U.S. businesses in...more

Redial: 2015 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis Of Critical Issues And Trends

The Litigation Group of Sutherland Asbill and Brennan LLP has published REDIAL: Redial: 2015 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis Of Critical Issues And Trends. This publication reflects our in-depth analysis of significant...more

European Parliament, Commission, and Council reach deal on draft text of Network and Information Security Directive, the first...

European authorities reached a provisional agreement on the Network and Information Security Directive, the first-ever EU-wide cybersecurity standards. Press releases from the European Parliament, European Commission, and...more

One Step Closer to the Network and Information Security Directive

On Monday, the European Parliament, Council and Commission came to an agreement on the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive. The NIS Directive is the first pan-European set of cyber security rules and aims...more

Department of Energy invests $34M in cybersecurity for critical infrastructure

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will invest $34M to the University of Arkansas and the University of Illinois for two projects designed to “improve and enhance” the protection of the U.S. electric grid,...more

Disclosure Of Numerous Hacks At The U.S. Department Of Energy Renews Cybersecurity Concerns In The Energy Sector

Records produced by the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) to USA TODAY under a Freedom of Information Act request revealed over 150 successful cyber intrusions into DOE computer systems between 2010 and 2014. Concerns about...more

NIST issues Cybersecurity Practice Guide for Electric Utilities

Yesterday, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence issued its NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide, Draft Special Publication 1800-2 “Identity and Access Management for Electric Utilities.” The Guide is a result of...more

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