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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

"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

I’ll go first. The Obama Administration Issues Executive Order on Chemical Safety in the Aftermath of the Tragedy in West, Texas

In the aftermath of the April fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 14 people, the Obama Administration has taken the first steps toward a regulatory response aimed at strengthening the oversight of chemical...more

"Cybersecurity Update: Key US and EU Regulatory Developments"

In recent months, federal and state governments have taken an increasingly active role in reviewing cybersecurity issues within the private sector. There has been a flurry of activity as different government bodies discuss...more

Cyber Outlook: Executive Order Implementation, Congressional Action & Regulatory Requirements and Enforcement

With the occurrence of near daily threats against the nation’s critical infrastructure (CI), cybersecurity continues to be a constant concern of owners and operators of CI, Congress and the Obama Administration. Responses to...more

Joint Senate Committee Hearing on Cybersecurity: 3-Point Bulletin

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs held a hearing titled, “The Cybersecurity Partnership Between the Private Sector and...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

What The Cybersecurity Executive Order Means For The Rest Of Us

If you are the CEO of Google, Facebook, Verizon, Comcast, Exxon or Boeing, don’t read this. You have a team of lawyers working for you who have already spent hours analyzing President Obama’s Cybersecurity executive order...more

What You Should Be Doing Now to Prepare for Implementation of the Cybersecurity Executive Order

A tempting response to the Cybersecurity Executive Order (the "Order"), announced by President Obama at his State of the Union address, is to ignore it. It is vague in key particulars, such as which companies are part of 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

New FAR Rules Likely For "Critical Infrastructure" Contractors

On February 12, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order (the Order) intended to enhance the cybersecurity of the country's critical infrastructure. According to the Order, "[t]he cyber threat to critical...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

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

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

President Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

“America must … face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. Now, we know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private emails. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our...more

Executive Order and Policy Directive Promotes Cybersecurity Cooperation and Intelligence Sharing

On February 12, 2012, President Obama signed an Executive Order as well as a complementary Presidential Policy Directive intended to improve the flow of information and cyber-threat intelligence between government agencies...more

White House Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

The long-awaited cybersecurity executive order (EO), which will ultimately establish national cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure, was issued by President Obama on February 12, 2013. At the same time, the...more

President Obama’s Cybersecurity Executive Order and What it Means For Your Organization

On February 12, President Obama signed a much-anticipated cybersecurity executive order intended to “enhance the security and resilience” of U.S. critical infrastructure. The executive order is very similar to a draft leaked...more

President Issues an Executive Order on Cybersecurity

On February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama signed an ExecutiveOrder on cybersecurity designed to defend the nation's critical infrastructure. By passing Congress — which could not agree on a legislative proposal — the...more

Capital Thinking Update - February 11, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations, and Sequestration - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial...more

President Obama Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

Last night, President Obama signed a long-anticipated Executive Order, "Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity," which directs the federal government to share cyberthreat information with the owners of systems that...more

CYBERSECURITY CLIENT ALERT: White House Issues Long-Awaited Cybersecurity Executive Order, New Presidential Directives for...

The White House issued a long-awaited Executive Order (EO) “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” which directs the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other agencies to quickly advance efforts to...more

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