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NIST draft report: international cybersecurity standardization needed

An interagency working group led by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and The Department of Commerce recently published a draft report (the “Report”) recommending that the U.S. government increase its...more

German Parliament's IT-Security Act Covers Critical Infrastructure

On June 12, 2015, the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) passed an Act to Improve the Security of Information Technology Systems ("IT-Security Act"). The new legislation requires operators of so-called critical...more

Congressional Action Supports Improvement of Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure and Beyond

None of us in the United States – no family or individual, no industry or business, and no government agency – is immune from the potential devastation that cyber-attacks can wreak. No particular reminder is needed. Each day,...more

White House Creates New Federal Agency To Combat Cyber-Threats

The White House, on February 10, 2015, announced the creation of a new federal agency, the Cyber Threat and Intelligence Integration Center (“CTIIC” or the “Center”), to combat cyber-threats by coordinating digital...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing

On Friday, February 13, 2015, President Obama signed an executive order, Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing (the “EO”), designed to encourage private companies to share information regarding threats to...more

Will the Cybersecurity Framework Create a New Standard Operating Procedure for Businesses?

On February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama issued Executive Order 13636 (EO 13636) entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”EO 13636 noted the importance of cybersecurity for the nation’s security and...more

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

Cybersecurity Is Not Just an IT Issue; It’s an IG Issue

For leaders and counsel in many organizations, the word “cybersecurity” typically triggers concerns about the IT department, conjuring images of hackers and requiring unfamiliar terminology such as “firewalls” and...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: 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

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

"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

NIST Prepares Analysis Of Comments Submitted Regarding Cybersecurity Framework

On May 16, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released an initial analysis of the hundreds of comments it received in response to its request for information to begin developing the “Cybersecurity...more

NIST Seeks Private Sector Information on Cybersecurity Framework Outlined in President’s Executive Order

On February 26, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register soliciting views from both government and industry on developing the...more

NIST Seeks Private Sector Information on Cybersecurity Framework Outlined in President’s Executive Order and Notices First Public...

On February 26, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register soliciting views from both government and industry on developing the...more

NIST Requests Information Regarding Cybersecurity Framework

On February 26, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), issued a request for information to begin developing the “Cybersecurity Framework” required by a recent executive order directing NIST to develop a...more

DataGuidance: Cynthia Larose on Cybersecurity Framework

USA: New cybersecurity framework has far-reaching effects on US economy - President Obama issued – on 12 February 2013 – the long-awaited Executive Order entitled ‘Improving Infrastructure Cybersecurity’ (the Order),...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

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