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New Cybersecurity Framework Revealed

The framework provides standards and best practices for identifying, assessing, and managing cybersecurity risk. Now that the Obama administration has unveiled the final version of its anticipated Cybersecurity...more

Executive Branch acts on cybersecurity - what you need to know about this groundbreaking effort

Yesterday, the White House released the National Institute of Standards and Technology Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which is a key step in the implementation of Executive Order 13636 on...more

Federal IT Acquisition Policy Recommendations Focus on Cybersecurity

The Department of Defense and the General Services Administration, which together spend more than $500 billion annually on information technology, have released a joint report to the White House recommending steps to upgrade...more

NIST Releases Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework

On October 22, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework pursuant to President Obama’s Executive Order 13636 title Improving Critical Infrastructure...more

NIST Releases Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework

On October 22, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (PCF) in accordance with section 7(e) of President Obama’s February Executive Order (EO) on...more

NIST Releases Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework: Comments Next and Final Due In February 2014

On October 22, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) released its “Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework,” with comments due 45 days after publication in the Federal Register. NIST expects the window...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

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

The Cybersecurity Framework: Administration, Congress move to incentivize private-sector cooperation, strengthen federal...

The White House has announced its eight preliminary incentives to encourage private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure (CI) to adopt the final Cybersecurity Framework, now under development by the...more

Washington Focus – Post-Labor Day

CYBERSECURITY - Cybersecurity continues to be a high priority for both Congress and the Administration in 2013. After President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, the...more

Federal Cybersecurity “Framework” Advances to Draft

After several months of work, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a draft of the cybersecurity “Framework” it is developing in response to Executive Order 13636. In publishing the Framework...more

Information Security Implications for Business Agreements

On February 12, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order (“Order”) that outlined a voluntary cybersecurity framework (“Framework”) designed to help protect the nation’s critical infrastructure, which is generally...more

Feeling Cyber-Secure: Avoiding The Devastating Hacker

Pro-actively drafting cybersecurity policies and protocols is like doing a will for yourself, or an employee manual for your company. The thought process is that there is nothing imminently pressing that requires me to think...more

White House Issues Executive Order on CyberSecurity

The Obama Administration has long expressed concerns about the vulnerability of America’s critical infrastructure to cyber-attack. On February 12, 2012, the day of the President’s State of the Union address, the...more

Executive Order Begins Process Of Strengthening Nation’s Cybersecurity And Critical Infrastructure

During his State of the Union address on February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama announced his signing of a long-anticipated Executive Order on cybersecurity. After months of discussions with technology companies the...more

NIST Seeking Comments on Revised Standards for FISMA Compliance

On February 6, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requested public comment on its latest revised draft of “Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations,”...more

Utilities Sector To Be a Focus of Executive Order Directing Development of Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Framework

Little more than a week after reports of cyber attacks targeted at the Department of Energy, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, President Obama declared in his State of the Union address that these forms of...more

NIST Issues Draft RFI for Cybersecurity Framework

Following up on the President’s February 12, 2013 Executive Order on Cybersecurity and the related Presidential Policy Directive, discussed in our last blog entry, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order On Cybersecurity

On February 12, President Obama issued an Executive Order (EO) titled Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, and a related Presidential Policy Directive (PPD). ...more

How to Respond to President Obama's Cybersecurity Executive Order [Video]

How should business leaders respond to President Obama's executive order calling for a cybersecurity framework to protect the nation's critical infrastructure? Culled from law firm analysis on JD Supra, here's an answer to...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order on Cybersecurity

On February 12, 2013, President Obama issued a long-anticipated Executive Order concerning cybersecurity entitled Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The Executive Order marks a major milestone in the Federal...more

Executive Order Opens Consultative Processes to Draft Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure

On February 12, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order aimed at enhancing the security of U.S. critical infrastructure by establishing a voluntary program for the adoption of cybersecurity standards to protect...more

Addressing the Cyber Threat: Cybersecurity Executive Order Issued and CISPA Introduced

The long-awaited executive order entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” was issued on Tuesday, along with a companion Presidential Policy Directive and mention by the President in the State of the Union...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order on Cybersecurity

Order will create a voluntary Cybersecurity Framework for designated critical infrastructure within a year. On February 12, President Barack Obama signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security...more

President Obama Issues Long-Awaited Cybersecurity Executive Order

As President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union speech to Congress on February 12, 2013, he simultaneously issued a highly anticipated Executive Order (“the Order”) focused on improving cybersecurity in the United...more

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