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Will the Cybersecurity Framework Create a New Standard Operating Procedure for Businesses?

On February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama issued Executive Order 13636 (EO 13636) entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”EO 13636 noted the importance of cybersecurity for the nation’s security and...more

"French Government Extends Its Veto Rights on Foreign Investments in Country’s Strategic Sectors"

On May 15, 2014, the French government published a decree extending its veto rights over foreign investments in French strategic sectors (the New Decree). The New Decree has been dubbed the “Alstom Decree” by the media, as it...more

Cybersecurity Is Not Just an IT Issue; It’s an IG Issue

For leaders and counsel in many organizations, the word “cybersecurity” typically triggers concerns about the IT department, conjuring images of hackers and requiring unfamiliar terminology such as “firewalls” and...more

The New Cybersecurity Framework—A Roadmap for All Companies

The recent string of well-publicized data breaches has demonstrated that cyber criminals are targeting companies of all sizes and in all industries. Even companies with the most sophisticated security systems admit that the...more

With Cyberattacks on the Rise, White House Releases Cybersecurity Framework

Given the apparent vulnerabilities evidenced by recent cyberattacks to big-box retailers, cybersecurity remains a top priority for both the federal government and private sector. On February 12, the National Institute of...more

NIST Issues Cybersecurity Framework

On February 12, 2014, the Obama administration released the "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" (the "Framework"), a voluntary cybersecurity framework developed by the National Institute of...more

Cybersecurity Update – How Are You Impacted?

On February 12, 2014, the Obama Administration released the long-awaited Cybersecurity Framework: “a voluntary how-to guide for organizations in the critical infrastructure community to enhance their cybersecurity” (the...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2014

In This Issue: - NIST Releases Final Framework Document ..Key Changes From The Preliminary Framework ..The Framework Roadmap ..The DHS “C-Cubed” Program ..Next Steps - California Suggests Upper...more

Five Things Every In-House Counsel Should Understand About The NIST Cybersecurity Framework

While many in industry, particularly those in the Defense Industrial Base and government, have been sounding the alarm over cybersecurity for many years, only recently has it penetrated the American psyche. In fact, lately it...more

What The NIST Cybersecurity Framework Might Mean For Class Actions

After a year of public-private collaboration and considerable anticipation, the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s (NIST) cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure has arrived. The interest in the...more

White House Issues Cybersecurity Framework: “Phase I” Implementation Begins

On February 12, 2014, the White House unveiled its final Cybersecurity Framework 1.0 along with a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program.” This capped...more

NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Version 1.0

On February 12th, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled version 1.0 of its voluntary Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (Framework). The Framework was developed at...more

The Final NIST Cybersecurity Framework Document Is Out: Now What?

The year-long process – led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – of conducting outreach to the private sector, issuing drafts, receiving and evaluating...more

National Cybersecurity Framework Released - Has Your Organization Considered the Implications?

On February 12, 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology ("NIST") released the final version of its Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (the "Cybersecurity Framework" or "Framework")...more

NIST Releases Final Cybersecurity Framework

On February 12, the Obama Administration released the Cybersecurity Framework prepared by NIST, as called for by Executive Order 13636 issued by President Obama one year ago. The Framework organizes best practices regarding...more

NIST Finalizes Cybersecurity Framework For Critical Infrastructure—Implementation Next On The Agenda

On February 12, 2014, exactly one year to the day on which President Obama tasked the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with creating a Cybersecurity Framework to help protect critical infrastructure, NIST...more

NIST Releases Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

On February 12, 2014, the White House announced the release of the final version of the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity Framework includes standards and processes for assessing...more

NIST Issues Cybersecurity Framework 1.0 While Congress Increases Attention on Data Security and Cyber Crime

On Feb. 12, 2014, the National Institute for Standards and Technologies (NIST) released its final Cybersecurity Framework, meeting the one year deadline and anniversary of President Obama’s Executive Order and a Presidential...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

NIST Framework for Critical Infrustructure Released

The release yesterday of the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity by the National Institute of Standards and Technology caps a year-long effort by NIST to find an industry consensus for assessing and...more

Cyber Law Tracker: A Year in the Making, White House Unveils Final Cybersecurity Framework

On Wednesday, February 12, the White House unveiled its new framework for American infrastructure to protect itself against cyberattack. That framework is the result of a yearlong project undertaken by the executive...more

White House Releases Voluntary Guidelines for Cybersecurity

On Wednesday, February 12, the White House released the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The Framework represents the culmination of a year-long private-sector led effort to create voluntary...more

Executive Branch acts on cybersecurity - what you need to know about this groundbreaking effort

Yesterday, the White House released the National Institute of Standards and Technology Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which is a key step in the implementation of Executive Order 13636 on...more

Congress Moves Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Bill

On Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee passed a substitute bill for H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013. The committe substitute bill was broadly supported by...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Legislation - The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Committee plans to move forward on its cybersecurity bill this week, with...more

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