Cyber Threats

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President Obama Signs New Executive Order Targeting Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities

On April 1, 2015, the Obama Administration issued an Executive Order that will sanction individuals and entities that attempt, carry out or support malicious cyber-enabled activities that pose a significant threat to U.S....more

New Executive Order Authorizes Economic Sanctions to Combat Malicious Cyber Activity

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

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

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

Cyber Sanctions and National Security

In response to the growing cyber security threats from outside of the United States, the U.S. Government has added an entire new category of sanctioned individuals and organizations to its list of Specially Designated...more

Congress Makes Progress On Legislation To Encourage Cyber Threat Information Sharing

In the past few weeks, Congress has made notable progress towards passage of legislation to address the sharing of cybersecurity threat information. On March 18, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved the...more

FISMA II: A New Cyber World Framework to Strengthen Agency Information Security

As part of the Obama administration’s legislative efforts to safeguard government agency information, the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA II) was recently enacted to fortify and update its 2002...more

Cyberspy thriller with an unclear ending

It reads more like a spy thriller than a news story. Employees of the U.S. subsidiary of a global technology and media company log on to their computers one Monday morning and are greeted with the menacing figure of a neon...more

Legislation To Increase Sharing Of Cyber Data Introduced

On February 11, Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced legislation aimed at increasing the sharing of cyber threat data between the federal...more

The Private Sector’s Role in the New Face of Homeland Security

The Obama administration recently announced the creation of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), a new governmental agency created to prevent cyber threats by analyzing and integrating digital...more

Are Cyber War & Cyber Terrorism Insurable?

The frequency of cyber war and terrorism is no longer the risk. The magnitude of the potential damages is the real threat. It’s conceivable that an enemy of the U.S. government could hack a U.S. energy, water, or fuel...more

New Federal Cybersecurity Agency

It’s official:  The federal government is creating the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats.  The agency will be modeled after the National Counterterrorism...more

2015 Trends: #10 Cybersecurity: A Risk that Needs to be on Your Ethics and Compliance To-Do List

The starting point for every ethics and compliance program must always be an analysis of the ethics and compliance risks faced by the organization. In that light, it’s important to listen to James Comey, Director, U.S....more

Cyber Risk as a Regulatory Issue: A Connecticut Regulator Shares Her Insights

Even at Sony, cyber security was a hot topic before Kim Jong-un took an interest in Seth Rogen’s oeuvre. In 2011, hackers gained access to the personal and financial information Sony had collected on more than 100 million...more

President Obama Acknowledges Growing Cybersecurity Threats to the Government and Economy, Proposes New Measures to Fight Cyber...

Just days after news broke that ISIS hackers forced the shutdown of the U.S. Central Command’s Twitter account, President Obama met with congressional leadership, members of the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of...more

Cybersecurity Risks Are Higher than Ever and Are Proving Costly

Cybersecurity is an increasing concern for companies. Last April, the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) published the 2014 information security breaches survey: technical report. The report comprises the...more

Old Dog New Tricks

The maritime community is sitting on the precipice of disaster. While regarded as one of the oldest and most well respected industries on the planet, the maritime community as a whole has failed to protect itself against the...more

Two New Laws Give DHS Increased Cybersecurity Authority

Two recently enacted laws give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) increased authority and ability to contain cybersecurity threats and breaches. Congress passed both the Federal Information Security Modernization Act...more

The Interview: Cyber Attacks and The First Amendment

The fallout from a massive cyber attack on Sony in November escalated tremendously this week. After exposing embarrassing emails and confidential company information, stealing the screenplay for an upcoming James Bond movie,...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - November 2014

In This Issue: - EU Issues Guidelines on ‘Right to be Forgotten’ - FFIEC Observations on Bank Cybersecurity Provides Important Guidelines for Every Industry - Remarks by Comptroller Curry Highlight OCC...more

Global Internet Threat Activity

Often, privacy and security professionals are seen as “paranoid” or “Chicken Little” ….. statistics are pointing to something that more closely resembles the canary in the coal mine....more

FFIEC: Financial Institutions Need to Share Cyberthreat Information

Why it matters: Financial institutions of all sizes need to share cyberthreat information with each other, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) urged based upon an assessment performed of the...more

Cyber coverage: mind the gap

This alert identifies a number of important themes in the growing area of exposure to cyber risks and offers advice on how to negotiate the new array of insurance coverage on the market....more

Maritime Cybersecurity: A Growing Threat Goes Unanswered

The maritime industry may beone of the oldest in the world, but in-depth reports issued by the United States Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the European Network and Information Security Agency (“ENISA”) confirm that our...more

FDIC to Banks: Prep for “Urgent” Threat of Cyberattacks

Financial institutions are facing an “urgent” threat of hacks and cyberattacks causing regulators to take a closer look at banks’ efforts to combat such concerns, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman...more

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