Cyber Threats

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Best Practices for Sharing Threat Indicators with the Government

After a security incident is identified organizations often consider whether to share information concerning the incident with government agencies. If the incident involved criminal conduct, federal law enforcement agencies –...more

What’s In The Cybersecurity Act of 2015?

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 became law on December 18, 2015. It’s the biggest piece of cybersecurity legislation passed by Congress in recent years. It authorizes and protects certain information-sharing for cybersecurity...more

FDIC Releases Paper on Cybersecurity

On February 1, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published “A Framework for Cybersecurity,” an article that appears in the Winter 2015 issue of Supervisory Insights. The article discusses the cyber threat...more

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015: Implications for Threat Sharing

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (The “Act”), legislation designed to combat online threats to the federal government, state and local governments, and private entities. Within the...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Will There Be a Jump in Cyber Attacks in 2016? Survey Says... Yes"

Last year, we saw some major cyber breaches affect millions of Americans (remember the June 2015 hack of the federal Office of Personal Management that impacted over 20 million Americans?). Unfortunately, cyber-attacks do not...more

Cybersecurity Act Of 2015 Aims To Bolster Cybersecurity In Health Care Industry

Section 405 of Title IV of the Cybersecurity Act is tailored specifically to cybersecurity matters affecting public and private health care entities. Section 405 of Title IV seeks to improve the cybersecurity landscape in...more

Top Trends to Watch for in 2016

Cybersecurity - Manufacturers continued to face challenges and find opportunities related to cybersecurity in 2015, and those trends can only be expected to intensify in 2016. New laws and new threats have either...more

Federal Agencies To Secure Information Systems And Assess Adequacy Of Cyber-Related Workforce

Two provisions of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015—the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act and the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act?task the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the Office of Management...more

Key CISA Provisions Impacting Private Entities

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (“CISA”), which was the culmination of intense negotiations that reconciled three separate cybersecurity bills passed by the U.S. Senate...more

DOT and automakers agree to data sharing pact to encourage best cybersecurity practices

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has entered into a data sharing agreement with all of the major car manufacturers, which includes the requirement that the manufacturers develop best practices around...more

Leadership team appointed for Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center

On January 7, 2016, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced the appointment of the leadership team that will head the new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (Center), which was announced by...more

CISA Gives Leeway in Network Monitoring, But Not Without Risk

As we wrote last week, The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 – better known to some as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 – was signed into law in December 2015. Privacy advocates had decried CISA in its original form...more

OFAC Publishes Cyber-Related Sanctions Regulations

On December 31, 2015, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued regulations implementing Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015, which authorized the imposition of economic sanctions on...more

The Digital Download - Privacy & Data Security Monthly Newsletter - January 2016

Senior Counsel Peter Swire to Debate European Privacy Activist Max Schrems. The debate, set to take place on January 26 in Brussels, will highlight key differences between certain European and U.S. attitudes towards U.S....more

Congress Enacts Major Cybersecurity Legislation

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, which provides authorization and liability protection for cybersecurity monitoring and information-sharing and authorization for...more

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the much reported omnibus spending bill, which keeps the government running for another year. The controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (“CISA”) was...more

Appropriations Bill Has a Few Surprises

On December 18, the President signed into law H.R. 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act Of 2016, (the “Act”), the 887 page bill which avoided a closure of federal government functions. Beyond the massive funding of the...more

New Federal Law Protects Companies that Share Cyber Threat Information

On December 18, the President signed into law as part of the federal omnibus government spending package a number of cybersecurity provisions, most notably the “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015” (CISA). CISA...more

Evaluating Data Privacy and Security Issues of Self-Driving Vehicles

Self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles, may be the greatest disruptive innovation to travel that we have experienced in a century. A fully-automated, self-driving car is able to perceive its environment, determine the...more

Moody’s issues cyber risk report

Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) recently announced that is has issued a report entitled, “Cross-Sector-Global: cyber Risk of Growing Importance to Credit Analysis,” which outlines the threat of cyber-attacks and how they...more

Omnibus Spending Package Affects Cybersecurity Legislation

On December 15, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled the omnibus spending bill, which includes the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 – legislation that would affect how businesses share information with each other and the government,...more

President Obama Signs Cybersecurity Act of 2015 to Encourage Cybersecurity Information Sharing

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that contained the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (the “Act”), a compromise bill based on competing cybersecurity information sharing...more

Disregard CISA Chicken Littles: CISA Boosts U.S. Cyber Defense While Protecting Privacy

Yes: the Cyber Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) was slipped into the must-pass Omnibus Spending Bill last week by House negotiators and became law on Friday. No: despite protestations from some quarters, the sky has not...more

State Attorneys General Offer Perspectives on Data Breaches

Recently, Republican attorneys general from across the nation gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona, for their association’s annual fall conference. The purpose of the conference was to discuss a variety of issues facing the state...more

The New Compliance Challenge: CyberSecurity

Protecting Confidential Assets from Cyber Threats and Malicious Insiders - Data security, privacy and confidentiality top the list of risks that compliance officers view as most challenging in the coming five years,...more

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