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Obama Administration Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Since President Trump’s inauguration, cybersecurity has been in the news almost daily – often on the front page. The U.S. Government is facing a wide array of challenges in cybersecurity, impacting both domestic and foreign...more

FDA Devices Center Issues Multiple Guidances in the Obama Administration’s Final Months

by Morgan Lewis on

A flurry of regulatory activity preceded the transition in administration on January 20. Anticipating that the new administration would impose a regulatory slowdown, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s or the...more

Global Cybersecurity, Surveillance, and Privacy: The Obama Administration’s Conflicted Legacy

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosures, the United States administration faced a daunting series of challenges on surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy. Congress was reluctant to enact comprehensive legislation....more

The White House’s Revisions to its Breach Response Policy For Federal Agencies and Departments Also Affect Contractors

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On January 3, 2017, the Obama Administration issued a memorandum to all executive departments and agencies setting for a comprehensive policy for handling breaches of personally identifiable information (the “Memorandum”),...more

NIST Issues Draft Update to the Cybersecurity Framework

by Snell & Wilmer on

On January 10, 2017, as the Obama administration draws to a close, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) released a long-awaited draft version 1.1 of its ground-breaking Framework for Improving Critical...more

Obama Uses Executive Order Authority to Respond to Malicious Russian Cyber Activity - President Amends EO 13964 From April 2015 in...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Barack Obama amended Executive Order (EO) 13964 on December 29, 2016, in response to intelligence community findings that the Russian government engaged in malicious cyber activity with respect to the U.S. electoral...more

#MLWashingtonCyberWatch: White House Releases Cybersecurity Report Aimed at New Administration

The Obama White House has grappled with cybersecurity more than any administration in history: China’s 2009 hack of Google, the 2015 Office of Personnel Management breach, and the recent investigation of Russian cyberattacks...more

White House Investigating Data Breach of First Lady’s Passport

It has been reported that the White House is investigating a hacking of the Gmail account of a contract worker who was working on the First Lady’s advance team responsible for logistics. The hacking included emails from...more

FTC Round-Up: NIST Framework Compliance Is Not Enough and Looming Ransomware Enforcement Activity

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 31st and September 7th, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provided guidance regarding cybersecurity standards, which companies should consider when assessing their current data security posture....more

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

by Dentons on

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

White House Releases Policy Directive On Cyber Incident Coordination

by King & Spalding on

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

Administration Seeks to Renegotiate Controversial Cybersecurity Export Control

by Alston & Bird on

The Obama administration will reportedly seek to renegotiate a controversial cybersecurity export control rule required to be implemented into U.S. regulations by the Commerce Department under the Wassenaar Arrangement on...more

President Obama Signs Cybersecurity Act of 2015 into Law

by Locke Lord LLP on

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Federal Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (the Act). The long-awaited and heavily negotiated legislation recognizes the need for greater cybersecurity threat information...more

Executive Action: Obama Administration Budgets for Cybersecurity

by Locke Lord LLP on

On February 9, 2016, the Obama administration released its final budget, which includes a request for $19 billion to fund the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP). The CNAP sets forth a variety of cybersecurity and...more

President Creates Cybersecurity National Action Plan and Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Obama's Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), a comprehensive plan to address the nation's cybersecurity challenges through increased funding, a more robust cybersecurity workforce, and education initiatives,...more

Development of Cybersecurity Information Sharing Standards

by Locke Lord LLP on

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

White House Issues Cybersecurity Strategy And Implementation Plan Following Cybersecurity Sprint

by King & Spalding on

On October 30, the White House released a memorandum to the heads of federal departments and agencies detailing the Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (“CSIP”), a proposal designed to update and bolster federal...more

Senate Passes Legislation To Ease Sharing Of Cybersecurity Threat Information

by King & Spalding on

On October 27, 2015, the Senate passed S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (“CISA”), which addresses how companies can share cyber threat information with the federal government. The legislation aims to...more

Senate passes Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

After a long delay, with a vote of 74 to 21, the United States Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) on October 27, 2015. The bill has been touted as being controversial and is opposed by...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015 #3

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Energy and Climate Debate: Congress returns from the Columbus Day holiday this week to full schedules in both chambers, including several energy and environment hearings of interest. In the meantime, the Obama...more

House Passes Cybersecurity Legislation; Focus Is Now On Senate

by King & Spalding on

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

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2015

by King & Spalding on

Ending the Crude Oil Export Ban - On September 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The Committee vote was passed by a Republican...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - October 2015

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our October edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

Did the ECJ Kill the Safe Harbor Framework on E.U.-U.S. Data Transfers?

by K&L Gates LLP on

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) ruled in the “Schrems” case that the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework on the transfer of personal data from Europe to the United States, was invalid. ...more

US-China Cyber Deal Big on Promises, Short on Action

by LeClairRyan on

In the aftermath of recent cyberattacks attributed to China’s government and citizens, many observers prepared for a rather uncomfortable state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping last week. Then, as President Xi began his...more

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