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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Privacy Tuesday: July 2014 #4

The last Tuesday in July — the summer of 2014 is rapidly slipping away! Here are some privacy and security bits and bytes for this last week of July...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Legislative Branch Activity - Cybersecurity Legislation - Last week, the Senate Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held a closed session to mark up the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) which...more

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Four Takeaways For The Energy Industry

On February 12, 2014, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” (the “Framework”). Developed jointly by...more

California Bill Would Create Cyber Security Commission

In recognition of the increasing threat that cyber-attacks pose to the state's infrastructure and the considerable costs that government and private sectors are estimated to spend on cyber security (more than $70 billion...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2014

In This Issue: - NIST Releases Final Framework Document ..Key Changes From The Preliminary Framework ..The Framework Roadmap ..The DHS “C-Cubed” Program ..Next Steps - California Suggests Upper...more

White House Issues Cybersecurity Framework: “Phase I” Implementation Begins

On February 12, 2014, the White House unveiled its final Cybersecurity Framework 1.0 along with a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program.” This capped...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Data Breach Issues - Last week, three Congressional Committees – the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee – held hearings that...more

House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Data Security

On February 5, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing titled “Protecting Consumer Information: Can Data Breaches Be Prevented?” The hearing follows two consecutive Senate...more

Cybersecurity: Coming Soon to a Government Contract Near You

Do you want to be eligible for government contracts in the future? Per President Obama’s Cybersecurity Executive Order, a DoD and GSA joint working group recently recommended how cybersecurity can be implemented in federal...more

Acquisition Working Group Report Identifies Cybersecurity Considerations for Government Contractors

President Obama’s February 12, 2013 Executive Order, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, required the Department of Defense (DoD) and the General Services Administration (GSA) to make recommendations on the...more

Target and Neiman Marcus Face Government Probes and Litigation as a Result of Holiday-season Cyberattacks

The massive holiday hacking of consumer information belonging to Target and Neiman Marcus customers has the impacted retailers under a microscope. State Attorneys General across the country have banded together to launch a...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Data Breach - This week, several Congressional Committees will hold a number of hearings focused on the recent data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and other large companies that compromised the financial information...more

Retail Industry On High Alert In Wake Of Security Breaches

The massive cyber-security breach at Target put the company in the media spotlight with as many as 110 million customers potentially at risk. With another security breach reported at Neiman Marcus, dozens of lawsuits have...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Legislation - The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Committee plans to move forward on its cybersecurity bill this week, with...more

Legal Advisor Newsletter - First Quarter 2014

In this issue: - Are You Ready for the Cybersecurity Boom? - Size Appeal of Mali, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5506 (2013) - Be A Resolved Employer in 2014 - 2014: Year of the WOSB - Excerpt from Are You...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Legislative Branch Activity - National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act - On Wednesday, December 12, House Homeland Security Committee leaders introduced the National Cybersecurity and...more

Federal Grant & Contract News for Nonprofits - November 2013

With the federal government back to work, we saw several important federal initiatives continue in earnest in November. Two of these initiatives will have a tremendous impact on nonprofits’ reliance on federal grant and...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

This Week’s Hearings: - Wednesday, November 13: The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing at 10:00 am titled “Cyber Side-Effects: How Secure is the Personal Information Entered into the Flawed...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - This Week’s Hearings: Tuesday, October 29: The House Homeland Security Committee has again rescheduled its markup of the Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Advancement Act of...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Preliminary Draft Issued"

On October 22, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (the Preliminary Framework). The Preliminary Framework represents the first full draft of the...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Cybersecurity Legislation - After postponing a previously scheduled markup due to the government shutdown, the House Homeland Security Committee plans to mark up the Critical Infrastructure...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Cybersecurity Legislation - Last week, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies marked up two cybersecurity bills –...more

NIST Holds Fourth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework

On September 11-13, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held its fourth and – for now – final workshop on the preliminary Cybersecurity Framework. The Framework is being developed pursuant to...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - House Cybersecurity Legislation - The House Homeland Security Committee is currently circulating a revised draft of the National Cybersecurity and Critical Protection Act (NCCIP), the...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 29, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, July 29, at 2:00pm. After any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30 pm, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each....more

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