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NERC Proposes to Reduce Cybersecurity Risks in CIP Supply Chains - Update

by Morgan Lewis on

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) recently petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve its proposed “Reliability Standards” addressing cybersecurity risks in critical...more

FERC Proposes New Cybersecurity Rules for Electric Grid

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed new rules to enhance cybersecurity for the electric grid in the U.S., which includes security management controls to specifically respond to risks associated with...more

Energy and Critical Infrastructure Industries Warned of Increased Attacks by FBI and DHS

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on October 20 warning of an increased danger of a malicious “multi-stage intrusion campaign” to critical infrastructure industries, including the energy...more

Government Warns of Threat Activity Targeting Critical Infrastructure through Third-Party Access

A cloak of secrecy usually covers covert government activities when it comes to the latest cyber threats and intelligence. But in a rare public statement, the U.S. government has warned that hackers are targeting government...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - September 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Leaders in the News - Wayne Fueling Systems Launches Disaster Relief Initiatives - This month, we are excited to feature our client Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and...more

NERC Proposes to Reduce Cybersecurity Risks in CIP Supply Chains

by Morgan Lewis on

The proposed Reliability Standards focus on vulnerabilities in vendor products and services and would regulate the utility procurement process....more

FERC Declines to Require Cybersecurity Modifications to Bulk Electric System Control Centers

On October 2, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) terminated its inquiry into the need for, and potential effects of, modifications to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)...more

Aviation and Petrochemical Industries Subject to Hacking by Iran

Hackers working on behalf of the Iranian government have been targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and South Korean since 2013, according to a report released by FireEye...more

Offshore Cybersecurity Guidelines Issued

DNV GL recently issued a new globally applicable recommended practice (DNLVGL-RP-G108) to assist oil and gas operators, system integrators and managers, and vendors in the offshore industry to manage increasing cybersecurity...more

Cyber Week in Preview: SEC Hack, Equifax CEO on Hot Seat and Energy Sector Cyber Spend

As we start the new week, a recap of major cybersecurity developments: Equifax CEO Faces Senate Committee – Senate staffers are busy readying cross examination scripts for the testimony next week of Equifax Inc. Chief...more

Hackers Target U.S. Power Plants, Including Kansas Nuclear Facility

by King & Spalding on

According to a June 2017 joint report issued by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), hackers penetrated the computer networks of at least a dozen U.S. power plants...more

Texas Utility Company Sends in the Drones to Inspect 5-Miles of Power Lines

More and more utility companies are finding drones (or more formally, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)) useful, and cost effective, to inspect power lines in lieu of sending up their employees to carry out the dangerous task....more

Senate Passes Russia and Iran Sanctions Legislation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On June 19, 2017, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill mandating sanctions against Russia and Iran and a 30-day congressional review period should the president attempt to reduce those sanctions....more

Authorities Investigating Cyber Intrusion of Numerous U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

It’s scary to think about, but anything that is online is hackable. Including critical infrastructure like nuclear power plants. It has been reported that U.S. authorities are investigating a cyber intrusion that has hit...more

An In-Depth Examination of China’s New Cybersecurity Law

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 1, 2017, China’s new cybersecurity law, the Network Security Law of the Peoples Republic China (“Cybersecurity Law”) went into effect. The Cybersecurity Law contains an overarching framework regulating network...more

Malware Capable of Shutting Down Electric Grids Confirmed

by Hogan Lovells on

Malware was recently identified that appears to have been designed and deployed by a nation-state to target and shut down electric grids. According to published reports, this malware currently appears to be capable of...more

Presidential Executive Order on Cybersecurity: No More Antiquated IT

On May 11, President Donald Trump issued his long-awaited Executive Order on cybersecurity, the ‘‘Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.’’ It had been...more

Trump Executive Order Addresses Executive Branch, Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

by Dechert LLP on

President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order on May 11, 2017 aimed at “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure” (the “Order”). The Order mandates federal governmental review of...more

Cybersecurity Considerations in the Energy Sector

by Hogan Lovells on

Cyber threats are pervasive, growing, and real, whether an individual is dealing with them professionally as a Cyber Security Practitioner (CSP) or has been touched by cybercrime in his or her personal life. In today’s...more

Privacy Tip #84 – Utility Company Imposters Scaring and Scamming Vulnerable Consumers

A new but old scam is on the rise and is reportedly hitting droves of unwary and vulnerable consumers. This new but old scam has increased now that tax season is over, and W2 scams are difficult to succeed this time of year....more

Your Cyber Minute: Attorney-client privilege in the midst of a cybersecurity breach

by Hogan Lovells on

In the wake of a cyber attack, it’s a common assumption that attorney-client privilege is ironclad. It’s not that simple. Partners Harriet Pearson and Michelle Kisloff examine the nuances and offer best practices. ...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 23 | March 2017

by Jones Day on

On January 20, 2017, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare issued the "Guidelines for Employers to Appropriately Manage Their Employees' Working Hours" ("Guidelines"). While the Guidelines basically follow the...more

U.S. Steel ITC Case Alleging Chinese Government Hacked Its Network and Stole Its Secret Formulas May Be Revived

First, a little background for those unfamiliar with the wonderful world of the International Trade Commission (ITC). Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1337) prohibits “unfair methods of competition and...more

UAS, A Growing Part of the Oil and Gas Industry

As the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or as they are more commonly called, drones) continues to rapidly increase as technology continues to develop, more and more industries will utilize UAS in their day-to-day...more

Task Force Report and NIST Revisions Highlight Need for Increased Private-Sector Cybersecurity Efforts

by King & Spalding on

New technologies enhance the capabilities and efficiency of the energy industry. But these technologies also bring increasing cyber risks to the industry, the economy, and national security. Recognizing that critical energy...more

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