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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Release Report Recommending Ways to Improve the Resilience of Nation’s...

On July 20, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a report directing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop solutions...more

Siemens Medical Equipment Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks

The Department of Homeland Security and Siemens Healthineers has identified cybervulnerabilities in the Windows 7-based versions of Siemens PET/CT systems, SPECT systems, SPECT/CT Systems and SPECT Workplaces/Symbia.net and...more

Russian Cyber Attack on US Nuclear Power Stations

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A report from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warns of malware attacks targeting mainly nuclear power stations and energy facilities. The attacks started in May of this year....more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert In Response to WannaCry Ransomware

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The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert (Risk Alert) on May 17, 2017 in response to “WannaCry,” the ongoing...more

White House Signs New Cybersecurity Executive Order

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On May 11, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a new Executive Order on cybersecurity entitled Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The new order is split up into three sections,...more

DHS Warns Congress On Mobile Device Security

by Dentons on

On May 4, 2017, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) submitted a new study to Congress that detailed current and emerging threats to the Federal government’s use of mobile devices and provided recommendations for...more

Homeland Security Committee Hearing Focuses On “Borderless Battle” Of Cyber Threats

by King & Spalding on

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security heard testimony on the current state of the global cyber battleground, how rapid changes in technology and the expanding Internet-of-Things (“IoT”) present new...more

OMB Publishes Report On Cybersecurity In 2016

by King & Spalding on

On March 10, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) released its annual report to Congress under the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014. The report compiles fiscal year 2016 information from...more

Chairman McCaul Warns The United States Is Falling Behind In Cyber War

by King & Spalding on

At the 2017 RSA Conference held last week in San Francisco, California, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) was ominous in his assessment of the country’s efforts to deter cyber-attacks. In a...more

6 Things to Know About Cyber Liability Insurance

Are you covered? Here are 6 things to know about cyber liability insurance (also known as data breach insurance): Coverage is still evolving. Over 60 insurance companies – maybe more – offered such a policy; however,...more

Global Cybersecurity Threats to the Maritime Sector

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Cybersecurity risks to the nation's critical infrastructure (CI) – defined as 16 CI sectors, including transportation and maritime – continue to grow exponentially. The incoming Trump Administration has made it clear that...more

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Geo Political Cyber Warfare And Your Business

The cyber war battlefield has expanded, and your business is now a fighter and a target. A new U.S. Government report explains many reasons for identifying and penalizing Russian hackers, the Russian intelligence...more

DHS and NIST Issue Internet of Things Cybersecurity Guidance

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In an apparent effort to fight the kinds of cyberattacks like the massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that crippled much of the American internet in October 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...more

The Internet of Things: Is Your Cyber Insurance Protecting You?

by K&L Gates LLP on

When the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Food and Drug Administration each have issued guidance on the risks to health, safety, and productivity associated...more

Cybersecurity 2017 – The Year in Preview: Emerging Security Threats

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a continuing end-of-year series. See our previous posts on trade secrets, state regulation and law enforcement, and HIPAA compliance. Our last two posts will focus on the energy...more

Internet of Things (IoT) Security Takes Center Stage At FBI, DHS, NIST and Congress

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On October 21, 2016, a domain name service host and internet management company experienced at least two waves of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that impacted at least 80 websites, including those belonging to...more

States Seek Help To Ensure Security Of Election Systems

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In the weeks and months leading up to Election Day 2016, states have made preparations to increase the security of their election systems, despite assurance from the U.S. Intelligence Community (“USIC”) that it would be...more

Don’t Ignore Ransomware Vulnerabilities; You Could Be Violating FTC Act

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Last week, the Federal Trade Commission convened a ransomware workshop to discuss the rising epidemic of attacks against U.S. businesses and individuals. In a ransomware attack, a malicious actor tricks a user into...more

White House Issues Presidential Directive Coordinating Government Response To “Cyber Incidents”

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On July 26, 2016, President Obama issued a new Presidential Directive setting forth the framework for how the United States (US) federal government will respond to “cyber incidents,” whether involving government or private...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016 #4

In Case You Missed It: U.S. Major party platforms address cybersecurity. The two major parties have released their 2016 election platforms, both of which include cybersecurity planks. The Republican platform’s perspective...more

Collaboration Key to Combatting Cyber Threats: Federal Government Issues Final Guidance Clarifying Liability Protection for...

by Carlton Fields on

On June 15, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly issued final guidance on how the private sector and government will communicate cyber threat data and defensive measures under...more

What Companies Need to Know About Cyber Threat Information Sharing Under CISA

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Cyber threat information sharing has the potential to provide numerous benefits for organizations (both public and private) faced with cyberattacks, which are increasing in frequency and sophistication. Cyber threat...more

What You Need to Know About the Cybersecurity Act of 2015

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Legislation may change the way government and the private sector collaborate on cybersecurity. After years of vigorous debate and numerous false starts, in the closing hours of its 2015 session, the US Congress...more

GAO Report: EINSTEIN not meeting stated objectives

According to a recent GAO report, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cybersecurity Protection System, commonly referred to as EINSTEIN, is not meeting its stated objectives. The purpose of EINSTEIN is to...more

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