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

by Fenwick & West LLP on

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

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

by White & Case LLP on

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

Canada/US Policy Scan 2016

by Dentons on

Earlier this year, US President Barack Obama welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his delegation, the first official visit by a Canadian PM to the US in nearly two decades. By mid-summer of this year, the two...more

New Cybersecurity and Privacy Initiatives Announced In President Obama’s Final Budget

by King & Spalding on

On February 9, 2016, in connection with his annual budget request, President Obama announced a $19 billion Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) that the White House has described as a “capstone” to seven years of...more

Congressional Action Supports Improvement of Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure and Beyond

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

None of us in the United States – no family or individual, no industry or business, and no government agency – is immune from the potential devastation that cyber-attacks can wreak. No particular reminder is needed. Each day,...more

New Executive Order Allows for Sanctions Related to Cybersecurity

On April 1, 2015, President Obama issued a groundbreaking Executive Order (E.O.) enabling the United States to sanction persons that have (1) participated in malicious cyber-enabled activities constituting a “significant...more

New Executive Order Authorizes Economic Sanctions to Combat Malicious Cyber Activity

by King & Spalding on

Calling cyber threats “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United States” and declaring a national emergency relating to those threats, on April 1, 2015, President Obama issued an...more

Obama Administration Recognizes Cyber Threats to U.S. Critical Infrastructure as a National Emergency

by BakerHostetler on

Many cybersecurity experts have warned that the United States is already engaged in covert cyber warfare against hostile actors around the world. The latest cybersecurity Executive Order reflects formal recognition that,...more

Executive Order Blocks Property of Those Engaging in Malicious Cyber Activities

by Morgan Lewis on

The executive order enables US government agencies to block the assets of any foreign person determined to have engaged in malicious cyber-enabled activities....more

U.S. Authorizes Targeted Sanctions Against Overseas Cyber Threats

Cyber threats are one of the U.S.’s top security threats. In just the past year, there has been a significant increase in the frequency, scale and sophistication of cyber intrusions and attacks – many of them originating...more

U.S. Climate Policy That Will Actually Matter in the Short Term

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Lost in a series of higher-profile actions concerning his Administration’s climate change initiatives, President Obama’s Executive Order on Floodplain Management will have a profound impact on any future federally-funded...more

President Obama’s April Fools' Day Order on Cyberterrorism – No Joking About It!

While it’s not clear whether the President’s release today of an Executive Order, "Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities," was purposefully timed to coincide with...more

POTUS Declares Cybercrime a National Emergency, Announces New Penalties for Trade Secrets Theft

Declaring cybercrime a “national emergency,” President Obama today empowered Treasury to freeze assets that are the fruits of cybercrime, according to an Executive Order issued this afternoon. The agency can block money or...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order on Cybersecurity Information Sharing

by White & Case LLP on

On February 13, 2015, President Barack Obama signed an executive order entitled "Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing" (the "Executive Order") to foster cybersecurity threat information sharing within...more

Washington Focus – Post-Labor Day

CYBERSECURITY - Cybersecurity continues to be a high priority for both Congress and the Administration in 2013. After President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, the...more

Congress, The Administration Move Forward To Secure Critical US Infrastructure

by DLA Piper on

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

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: Flaming Worms, Stuxnets and Other Cyber Threats — The European Union’s Response

The media is replete with reports of a botnet onslaught paralyzing Spamhaus, flaming worms usurping strategic information in the Middle East and a stuxnet super weapon wreaking physical damage to Iran’s nuclear reactors....more

NIST Seeks Private Sector Information on Cybersecurity Framework Outlined in President’s Executive Order and Notices First Public...

by King & Spalding on

On February 26, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register soliciting views from both government and industry on developing the...more

U.S. Responding To Cyber-Espionage: White House Acknowledges Increasing Threat

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

No longer cut from the cloth of 007’s expensive suits, fast cars or well-mixed drinks, present-day espionage is carried out, to a great extent, through computer screens, proxy servers and spoofed e-mail addresses. Dubbed...more

Cybersecurity: President Obama’s Executive Order Is Only the Beginning

by McDermott Will & Emery on

This On the Subject outlines why hospitals and financial services and communications companies should pay attention to the recent executive order entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order on Cybersecurity

As announced during the 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama recently signed an Executive Order on cybersecurity. The primary goals of the Executive Order are to (a) improve communication between private companies...more

DataGuidance: Cynthia Larose on Cybersecurity Framework

USA: New cybersecurity framework has far-reaching effects on US economy - President Obama issued – on 12 February 2013 – the long-awaited Executive Order entitled ‘Improving Infrastructure Cybersecurity’ (the Order),...more

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

by King & Spalding on

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

White House Issues Executive Order on CyberSecurity

by Dechert LLP on

The Obama Administration has long expressed concerns about the vulnerability of America’s critical infrastructure to cyber-attack. On February 12, 2012, the day of the President’s State of the Union address, the...more

Executive Order Begins Process Of Strengthening Nation’s Cybersecurity And Critical Infrastructure

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

During his State of the Union address on February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama announced his signing of a long-anticipated Executive Order on cybersecurity. After months of discussions with technology companies the...more

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