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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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

Congress Enacts Major Cybersecurity Legislation

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, which provides authorization and liability protection for cybersecurity monitoring and information-sharing and authorization for...more

Happy New Year – Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

Just at the end of 2015, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) was enacted into law as part of the omnibus spending measure passed by Congress and signed by President Obama at right before Christmas. The...more

Landmark Cybersecurity Legislation Included in Omnibus Package

Action Item: Congress included the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (the “Act”) in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (P.L. 114-113), passing comprehensive cybersecurity legislation for the first time since the major U.S....more

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Legislation Passes in Omnibus

If you read one thing... - The omnibus appropriations package includes legislation that provides liability protection to companies who voluntarily engage in cybersecurity information sharing. - The...more

Alert: Passage of Landmark Cyber Legislation Likely

The Omnibus appropriations bill entitled the Fiscal Year 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act released late Tuesday, includes language from separate cybersecurity bills that had previously passed in both the House of...more

Public-private team of security experts disrupt Dorkbot malware

This is how it should be—private companies working with law enforcement to disrupt evil doers on the Internet. Late last week, Microsoft announced that it teamed up with the Department of Homeland Security, Europol, the FBI,...more

House Establishes Institute to Formalize its Seven-Year Fight Against Cybercrime

On the fourteenth anniversary of 9-11, H.R. 3490—the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act—was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. On Monday, November 30, 2015, it passed with an overwhelming...more

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

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