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Privacy Alert: NIST Updates Cybersecurity Framework to Address Supply Chain Security

Last week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a measurement standards laboratory in the United States Department of Commerce, released draft version 1.1 of its Framework for Improving Critical...more

Outgoing Homeland Security Chief: Cyber Security Has Improved But More Work Remains to Be Done

Following an election season characterized by missing emails, private servers and personal laptops, and amidst pervasive allegations of Russian cybercrimes, outgoing Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson issued an...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Five municipalities in Eskom cut-off reprieve - The municipalities have set up payment plans after the national power utility caused an uproar by threatening...more

Governor Cuomo Unveils Cybersecurity Proposals Including Cyber Incident Response Team

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of cybersecurity proposals that are designed to protect consumers and government entities from cybercrime and identity theft. One of the proposals includes the creation of a...more

Rail Issues Before the New Administration

There was a plenty of rail-related activity during the 114th Congress and the last two years of the Obama Administration. Amtrak and the Surface Transportation Board (STB) were reauthorized with major changes to Amtrak's...more

NIST Issues Draft Update to the Cybersecurity Framework

On January 10, 2017, as the Obama administration draws to a close, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) released a long-awaited draft version 1.1 of its ground-breaking Framework for Improving Critical...more

International Maritime Treaties Recognition and Trump: Protectionist or Progressive?

Much has been theorized in the past two months concerning whether the Trump Administration will follow through on President-Elect Donald Trump's campaign pledge to "rip up" international trade deals such as the North American...more

Obama Uses Executive Order Authority to Respond to Malicious Russian Cyber Activity - President Amends EO 13964 From April 2015 in...

President Barack Obama amended Executive Order (EO) 13964 on December 29, 2016, in response to intelligence community findings that the Russian government engaged in malicious cyber activity with respect to the U.S. electoral...more

Aviation Reform Under the Trump Administration: What to Expect

President-Elect Donald Trump has indicated strong interest in two areas: infrastructure development and regulatory reform. Several potentially important developments in the aviation sector are anticipated in both...more

Follow – and Expand? – the Fleet

It is a fundamental precept of military planning that naval operations are a capital-intensive endeavor, given the long time involved in the design and construction of the ships of the U.S. Navy's fleet. The Navy currently...more

Sailing with the Trump Transition: Cargo, Cabotage and Maritime Infrastructure in 2017

Once he assumes office on Jan. 20, 2017, President-Elect Donald Trump will be responsible for managing a mix of cargo preference, ship documentation, cabotage, and related rules and laws dating back to the First Congress,...more

US Expands Cyber-Related Sanctions Executive Order and Designates Russian Parties

On December 29, 2016, President Obama issued a new Executive Order (EO) entitled "Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities."...more

President Signs Sweeping Water Legislation to Address Nation’s Water Woes and to Aid Parched California

On Friday, President Obama signed S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law, a bipartisan bill authorizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to execute water infrastructure projects. The...more

A Look Ahead at Construction in 2017

Most experts say that the construction industry will experience slow and continued growth throughout the new year. For example, according to Dodge Data & Analytics, construction in 2017 is anticipated to see moderate job...more

2017 Construction Outlook: Slow, Mature Growth, but No Decline, Expected

As we count down the remaining days of 2016 (thank God) it’s time to think about what the new year will bring (I’m good with pretty much anything at this point)....more

The New Cybersecurity Law—New Compliance Focus for Enterprises in China

On November 7, 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) passed the final Cybersecurity Law (CSL) after three rounds of review by the NPC since June 2015....more

The Northern Powerhouse and wider opportunities for Chinese investment in UK infrastructure

On 10 November, the eighth UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue, a two day event aimed at further deepening the countries' trade relationship, was brought to a conclusion. In addition to roundtable talks on trade,...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - November 2016"

In this month's Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we review an 11th Circuit case involving the longstanding battle between the FTC and medical company LabMD, recent NIST guidelines for securing devices connected to the...more

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

It’s that time of the quarter again and Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first (and last) Autumn Statement. It’s also the first Statement ‘post-Brexit’. The focus of the Statement has, as predicted, been on austerity versus...more

New barriers to foreign investment in UK strategic infrastructure

Following the government's recent decision to proceed with the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project (Hinkley Point), ministers are planning a new legal framework for future foreign investment in Britain's critical...more

Federal Regulators Unveil Proposed Cybersecurity Standards for Large Financial Firms

On October 19, 2016, federal regulators issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled “Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards.” The draft standards, jointly released by the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Energy and Environmental Policy Under President Trump

This is the final alert in an eight-week series that provided a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Lawyers from across the firm have addressed issues ranging from cybersecurity, antitrust and...more

2016 Postelection Regulatory Report

The results of the U.S. presidential election are historic and unanticipated, and they will have significant economic, political, legal and social implications. As we prepare for the Trump presidency, many uncertainties...more

China's Cybersecurity Law Imposes New Requirements on Doing Business in China

The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) adopted the country's Cybersecurity Law1 on November 7—the latest in a spate of national security-related measures targeting the ICT industry. Drafts of the...more

What A Trump Card Means In The Game of Construction and Development

Like many of you, I stayed up late on Tuesday night / Wednesday morning to watch the 2016 election returns. I dragged myself into the office after only a few hours of sleep and my phone was immediately ringing. Some clients....more

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