Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity

The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments... more +
The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments and agencies. The consolidation was aimed at creating a better integrated, more effective organization to respond to terrorist attacks and other varied threats facing the United States and its territories.  less -
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Preparing for Increased Cybersecurity Information Sharing

Cybersecurity remains a top focus of government regulators, and the prevailing trend is to encourage information sharing between the government and private entities to combat cybersecurity threats. In line with this theme, on...more

A New Cybersecurity Regime and a New Regulation to Mandate Secure Information Systems for Government Contractors

Congress has enacted a recent wave of legislation to address ongoing cybersecurity threats; the Executive Branch, on May 12, 2016, adopted new cybersecurity regulations; and other Federal initiatives are underway and will...more

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

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

Senator Tom Carper Questions Office Of Management And Budget Regarding Emerging Cybersecurity Technologies

On April 8, 2016, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget...more

CISA Guidance Clarifies How to Share Cyber Threat Information… but Issues Remain

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 ("CISA"), enacted on December 18, 2015, as part of the omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act[1], 2016, creates a voluntary process that encourages public and private sector...more

DHS Warns of New Ransomware Threats

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) recently issued a joint alert with the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre warning of two new ransomware threats behind recent well-publicized attacks against healthcare...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: Senate Finance Committee to Take Up Cybersecurity Legislation (4/16)

The New York State Senate Committee on Finance is set to take up two new bills this week relating to cybersecurity. The first bill, S.3405-A, would mandate that a cybersecurity assessment/report be prepared by the...more

House Homeland Security Committee Holds Cyber Insurance Hearing

On March 22, 2016, the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing entitled “The Role of Cyber Insurance in Risk Management.”...more

CISA Guidelines (Part 3): Guidance to Assist Non-Federal Entities

As we wrote previously, the federal government released several guidance documents last month implementing The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Among these was the Guidance to Assist Non-Federal Entities to...more

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014: What does it allow?

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 was created to identify and share cyber threat indicators, which are pieces of information necessary to describe or identify “malicious reconnaissance;” a method of defeating...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine the newly released details of the Privacy Shield, which would replace the Safe Harbor as the mechanism allowing transfers of personal data from the European...more

DHS Publishes CISA Privacy And Civil Liberties Interim Guidelines

On February 16, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published four documents related to implementing the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (“CISA”). CISA, which became law on December 18, 2015,...more

President Obama Signs Cybersecurity Act of 2015 into Law

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Federal Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (the Act). The long-awaited and heavily negotiated legislation recognizes the need for greater cybersecurity threat information...more

DHS issues reports to Congress on cybersecurity information sharing: a quick overview for the private sector

The Department of Homeland Security has issued four reports to Congress focusing on information sharing through the DHS portal, also known as the Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) capability. DHS was required to produce the...more

DOJ/DHS Issue Interim Guidance on Implementation of Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have released Interim Guidance Documents (Guidance Documents) to implement the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA). The Act...more

Department of Homeland Security Publishes CISA Procedures and Guidance

On February 16, the DHS published guidance for both private and federal entities on the sharing of cyber threat indicators with the federal government. As required by the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA),...more

GAO Report Finds Flaws In DHS Cybersecurity System

On January 28, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report finding that the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”) cybersecurity apparatus, the National Cybersecurity Protection System...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

Spear-phishing campaigns continue to infiltrate critical infrastructure

The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) has reported that critical infrastructure systems in the U.S. experienced a 20% increase in cybersecurity...more

Department of Homeland Security & Cyber Governance: It Starts at the Top

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) top privacy official said today that a “clear mandate” from top management is the foundation of an organization’s ability to establish and implement an effective data security...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

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

Developments in Cybersecurity for Healthcare Providers

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015, included in the Omnibus Appropriations and Tax Reform Package adopted into law in December, 2015, specifically addresses cybersecurity in the healthcare industry....more

Washington State Creates New Cybersecurity Office

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order establishing a new state Office of Privacy and Data Protection. The order was signed alongside Gov. Inslee’s announcement of a strategic...more

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