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Cybersecurity is a term used to describe methods and systems for protecting sensitive information in the electronic sphere. As more financial, business, and personal information becomes exclusively maintained and... more +
Cybersecurity is a term used to describe methods and systems for protecting sensitive information in the electronic sphere. As more financial, business, and personal information becomes exclusively maintained and stored electronically, the risks of attacks, leaks, and disclosures become more pronouced. The concept of Cybersecurity encompasses a broad array of issues, including governmental regulations to ward off cyber terrorists, industry data collection and maintenance practices, and consumer advocacy to ensure the privacy of individuals' personal and medical information.     less -
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Development of Cybersecurity Information Sharing Standards

As the Obama administration continues to direct attention to cybersecurity, The University of Texas at San Antonio (“UTSA”) recently won an $11 million dollar grant to develop standards for so-called “Information Sharing and...more

ISIS Cyber-attacks On U.S. Infrastructure

At GridSecCon last week, FBI cyber division chief John Riggi announced that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”) attempted to hack American power companies, but failed. Riggi acknowledges the growing concern of...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act Passes Senate, Would Encourage Business to Share...

Sharing information about cyber threats and analysis is a cybersecurity best practice but can often come into conflict with a company’s protection of its own data and that of its customers. On October 27, 2015, the U.S....more

House Passes Cybersecurity Legislation; Focus Is Now On Senate

On October 6, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Strategy Act of 2015 (the “Cybersecurity Strategy Act”), which, if enacted, would require the Department of...more

China-U.S. Agreement on Cyber-Theft for Commercial Gain

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington D.C. led to a very significant agreement on cybersecurity, as reflected by The White House fact sheet released Friday (excerpted below). The agreement addresses a core U.S....more

Drinker Biddle Cyber Bulletin

Two data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) affecting over 20 million Americans led to a bipartisan effort to push for legislation that would provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with new...more

Incident Response Practice Tip: Balance Meeting Breach Notification Deadlines With Securing Your Network

State breach notification statutes are being amended on almost a monthly basis. Several laws have, or will soon have, a mandatory notification deadline for notifying affected individuals after the discovery of the incident....more

DHS Awards Grant for Research In New Potential Target Area for Cyber-attacks

On September 2, 2015, the University of Delaware announced that Professor Haining Wang had received a three-year, $2 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) to investigate energy and power safety in...more

The OMB’s New Cybersecurity Guidance for Federal Contractors

Is Controlled Unclassified Information Out of Control? The OMB apparently thinks so. On August 11, 2015, the Obama administration, through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is the largest office within the...more

California’s Governor Strengthens Cybersecurity Preparedness With Executive Order

On August 31, 2015, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Executive Order B-34-15. The Order directs the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to establish the California Cybersecurity Integration Center...more

California Governor Signs Executive Order Aimed At Strengthening Cybersecurity Strategy

On August 31, California Governor Edmund G. Brown signed Executive Order B-34-15. A response to recent cyber-attacks, this order is intended to bolster the state’s preparedness, to improve inter-agency, cross-sector...more

U.S. Considers Sanctions Against China For Cyber Hacking And Trade Secret Misappropriation

You may have missed it this past weekend, but reports indicate the United States is considering sanctioning Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s alleged cyber hacking of U.S. trade...more

Government Websites With Cybersecurity Tips & Information

As part of the government’s recent clarion call to improve our individual and collective cybersecurity posture, several federal and state agencies have released a variety of guidelines, frameworks, best practices and tips. ...more

NIST Guide Highlights Cybersecurity Considerations for Utilities and Manufacturing Companies

In 2013 alone, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) responded to more than 256 cyber-incident reports—more than half of them in the energy...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. House District 19 Special Election - On November 3, 2015 the citizens of Sanford can take...more

Mobile Health Devices and Cybersecurity: Federal Guidance for Management of Threats in Medical Devices

New Technology = New Threats - With new technology comes new security concerns. But when that new technology is in the medical field, the cybersecurity vulnerabilities can be particularly devastating. The...more

FDA Issues Unprecedented Alert Over Medical Device Cyber Security Risk

A fictional cyber-terrorist weaponizing a medical device by hacking into it has become a familiar plot premise in recent Hollywood dramas.  Unfortunately, the risk of harm from medical device hacking has now become an...more

FDA's Cybersecurity Alert Puts Medical Device Users on Notice

On July 31, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a cybersecurity alert to health care facilities currently using certain infusion pumps manufactured by Hospira, Inc. The alert warns health care...more

White House “Cyber Sprint” Results Are In

On July 31, the White House released a report on its 30-day cybersecurity “sprint,” launched on June 12 in the wake of the Office of Personnel Management hacks. The report is brief, providing statistics on each agency’s use...more

Drug Pumps Are Vulnerable to Hacking, FDA Warns

Last Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement warning that certain drug infusion pumps that administer medication to patients are vulnerable to being hacked. The statement focused on the Symbiq...more

White House Provides Update on 2015 Cybersecurity Initiatives

On July 9, the White House released a fact sheet regarding the Administration’s 2015 cybersecurity efforts “both domestic and international, to improve our cyber defenses, enhance our response capabilities, and upgrade our...more

House Judiciary Committee: Don’t Bank on Immigration Reform

On July 14, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee met to discuss oversight of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Immigration was a major topic alongside border security and global threats of terrorism,...more

Needed Now: Experienced and Talented Cybersecurity Professionals to Protect Government Data Systems

The announcement on June 4th of a massive cybersecurity attack that compromised data stored on Office of Personnel Management (OPM) systems for 4.2 million current and former federal employees is the most recent head-smacking...more

German Parliament's IT-Security Act Covers Critical Infrastructure

On June 12, 2015, the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) passed an Act to Improve the Security of Information Technology Systems ("IT-Security Act"). The new legislation requires operators of so-called critical...more

Update Regarding Office of Personnel Management Cyber Attack

More details continue to emerge about the cyber attack and data breach disclosed last week of the U.S. federal government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and those details continue to get worse. While original reports...more

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