Cyber Threats

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World War C: Cyber Warfare

State-sponsored hacking occurs when a country funds cyber hacking organizations or groups in order to infiltrate a company’s or government’s cyber system for the sole purpose of stealing personal/sensitive information in the...more

The FFIEC Warns Financial Institutions of the Dangers of Cyberattacks Involving Destructive Malware

On March 30th, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued two Joint Statements on behalf of its members to warn financial institutions about the threats posed to various credentials by cyberattacks...more

The DOJ Sets Out to Establish Standard for Data Security Incident Response and Preparation

Organizations face threats to their data from all fronts, from sophisticated external attacks by hackers to employee error (as the 2015 BakerHostetler Incident Response Report showed). Recognizing the prevalence of these...more

DHS Breaks New Ground With Issuance of SAFETY Act Certifications for Advanced Cybersecurity Defense Systems

FireEye’s MVX and DTI Technologies become the first cybersecurity products to earn certification as “Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) crossed an important barrier in...more

DOJ Cybersecurity Unit Releases “Best Practices” For Cyber Breaches

Last week, in conjunction with the Criminal Division’s Cybersecurity Industry Roundtable, the U.S. Department of Justice released its “Best Practices” guide for preparing for and responding to a cyber incident....more

Executive Order Authorizes Sanctions against Cybercriminals

Citing cyberthreats as one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the U.S., President Obama recently issued an executive order (EO) authorizing the use of economic sanctions against those who...more

Cybersecurity Legislation Passes In The House

As an update to last week’s article, Congress To Take Up Major Cybersecurity Legislation During “Cyber Week”, the House passed H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731. These Acts will now be combined and sent as a package to the Senate....more

Cybersecurity is a Real Risk, So Become “Compromise Ready”

Many have heard that “it is not a matter of if a company will be attacked, but when.” Statements like this used to be met with skepticism – companies would say we do not have information hackers want, we outsource our...more

DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review: Implications for Electricity Storage, Federal Resource Agency Approvals, and Grid Service...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the first Quadrennial Energy Review (Review), a document offering a variety of proposals designed to modernize the nation's energy infrastructure. The Review, released on April...more

House passes bipartisan bill with liability protections for sharing cyber threat data

In the wake of huge data breaches in the last year, multiple pieces of legislation have been introduced in the past few months relating to cybersecurity and the sharing of information between public and private entities in...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

Are Regulatory Fears Impeding Industry Cyber Sharing?

They say that no good deed goes unpunished. And when it comes to cyber sharing, industry leaders are concerned that their only “reward” for helping the government identify and respond to cyberthreats may be a stiff rebuke...more

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

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