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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Financial Services Weekly News - December 2017

Editor's Note - OCC to Move Forward with Federal FinTech Charter. In a development foreshadowed in the April 6, June 29 and September 14 editions of the Roundup, on December 2, the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

Homeland Security Issues IoT Guidance for Businesses

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published non-binding principles and best practices to help businesses work through key Internet-of-Things (IoT) security issues. Entitled “Strategic Principles for Securing the...more

DHS and NIST Issue Internet of Things Cybersecurity Guidance

In an apparent effort to fight the kinds of cyberattacks like the massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that crippled much of the American internet in October 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...more

The Internet of Things: Is Your Cyber Insurance Protecting You?

When the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Food and Drug Administration each have issued guidance on the risks to health, safety, and productivity associated...more

DHS Guidelines for IoT Device Security

In a recent post, we noted that the US federal government has become increasingly concerned about the security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. On November 15, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance...more

Cybersecurity 2017 – The Year in Preview: Emerging Security Threats

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a continuing end-of-year series. See our previous posts on trade secrets, state regulation and law enforcement, and HIPAA compliance. Our last two posts will focus on the energy...more

NIST Issues Internet of Things (IoT) Guidance

Smart machines connected to the internet have become ubiquitous in our daily lives. They make up the Internet of Things (“IoT”), a vast web of interconnected iPhones and Fitbits, tablets and cameras, even baby monitors and...more

Internet of Things (IoT) Security Takes Center Stage At FBI, DHS, NIST and Congress

On October 21, 2016, a domain name service host and internet management company experienced at least two waves of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that impacted at least 80 websites, including those belonging to...more

Major Security Breach Reported to Congress By Federal Bank Regulator

Recently, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) informed Congress that it had suffered a major information security incident. The agency reported that, in November 2015, a former employee downloaded over...more

Privacy and Security in the Voting Booth

Could the presidential election be hacked? With Election Day upon us, concerns about the security of the U.S. election system have reached a fever pitch. But how likely is it that a breach could affect the election?...more

Cyber Security Awareness Needs To Last Beyond October

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designed October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. But as we leave October, remember that data security is an ongoing challenge that requires continued vigilance...more

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

This annual campaign is an effort by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to raise awareness about data security threats. The Privacy & Data Security Group at McNees urges you on this occasion to consider whether...more

The Department of Homeland Security Releases Draft Cyber Incident Response Plan

On Friday, September 30, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published a draft of its updated National Cyber Incident Response Plan (“NCIRP”). Companies and individuals have 30 days to provide feedback. The plan...more

US Officially Blames Russia For DNC Hack

The United States (US) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issued a joint statement on Friday, October 7, 2016, publicly stating for the first time that the US...more

Reducing Cyber Vulnerability and Keeping Online Voter Registration Data Safe

The recent bi-partisan approach taken by hackers in attacking both the Democratic National Committee and high ranking members of the Republican party has brought the issue of cybersecurity and the safety of online voter...more

Don’t Ignore Ransomware Vulnerabilities; You Could Be Violating FTC Act

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission convened a ransomware workshop to discuss the rising epidemic of attacks against U.S. businesses and individuals. In a ransomware attack, a malicious actor tricks a user into...more

White House Issues Presidential Directive Coordinating Government Response To “Cyber Incidents”

On July 26, 2016, President Obama issued a new Presidential Directive setting forth the framework for how the United States (US) federal government will respond to “cyber incidents,” whether involving government or private...more

DHS Partners With States To Strengthen Election Cybersecurity Infrastructure

Last week, the National Association of Secretaries of State (“NASS”) appointed four secretaries of state to the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”) Election Infrastructure Cybersecurity Working Group (“Working Group”). ...more

White House Releases Policy Directive On Cyber Incident Coordination

On July 26, 2016, the White House approved a Presidential Policy Directive (“PPD”) on coordinating responses to cyber incidents that occur in the United States. The PPD seeks to clarify who in the federal government is...more

DHS Provides Guidance on Cyber Incident Reporting

The United States Department of Homeland Security (hereafter "DHS") has released helpful guidelines and points of contact for reporting cyber incidents to the Federal Government. Expanding on a discussion initially started in...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016 #4

In Case You Missed It: U.S. Major party platforms address cybersecurity. The two major parties have released their 2016 election platforms, both of which include cybersecurity planks. The Republican platform’s perspective...more

Potential Risks and Rewards of Cybersecurity Information Sharing Under CISA

When President Obama signed into law the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, which was designed to facilitate information sharing on cybersecurity threats between the public and private sectors, proponents hailed it as “our best...more

Collaboration Key to Combatting Cyber Threats: Federal Government Issues Final Guidance Clarifying Liability Protection for...

On June 15, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly issued final guidance on how the private sector and government will communicate cyber threat data and defensive measures under...more

What Information Can You Share Under the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act?

Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) provided guidance on an open question in the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (“CISA”): What type of information may...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016

In Case You Missed It: Ruling in FTC v. Amazon Suggests a Way Forward for Companies Responding to Actions Brought by the FTC after a Data Breach. The FTC’s recent actions in the realm of data security have been predicated on...more

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