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White House Releases New Policy on Federal Cyber Incident Response

On July 26, 2016, the White House unveiled Presidential Policy Directive PPD-41, which sets forth principles for federal responses to cyber incidents approved by the National Security Council. PPD-41 first focuses on incident response to cyber attacks on government assets, but also outlines federal incident responses to cyber attacks on certain critical infrastructure within the private sector.… Continue Reading

Department of Homeland Security Issues Procedures Regarding Sharing Cybersecurity Information

On February 16, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security, in collaboration with other federal agencies, released a series of documents outlining procedures for both federal and non-federal entities to share and disseminate cybersecurity information. These documents were released as directed by the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, signed into law on December 18, 2015.… Continue Reading

U.S. Congress Releases Compromise Bill on Cybersecurity Information Sharing

On December 16, 2015, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate released an omnibus spending bill that contained cybersecurity information sharing language that is based on a compromise between the Senate’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act and two cybersecurity information sharing bills that passed in the House earlier this year. … Continue Reading

In a Surprising Move, Congress Passes Four Cybersecurity Bills

In a flurry of activity on cybersecurity, the U.S. Congress unexpectedly approved four cybersecurity bills that clarify the role of the Department of Homeland Security in private-sector information sharing, codify the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s cybersecurity framework, reform oversight of federal information systems, and enhance the cybersecurity workforce. … Continue Reading

Obama’s New Executive Order Focuses on Securing Consumer Payments

Today, the White House announced that the President signed a new executive order focused on cybersecurity. The signed executive order, entitled Improving the Security of Consumer Financial Transactions, focuses on securing consumer transactions and sensitive personal data handled by the U.S. Federal Government.… Continue Reading

Leak of Grid Vulnerabilities Creates National Security Risks

In an article for Intelligent Utility Update, Hunton and Williams partner Paul Tiao discusses the national security implications of a recent leak of an internal memo to the former Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This blog post provides a link to the full article.… Continue Reading

NIST Releases Final Cybersecurity Framework

On February 12, 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the final Cybersecurity Framework, as required under Section 7 of the Obama Administration's February 2013 Executive Order, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. This blog entry highlights the final Framework and offers comparisons to the preliminary framework released in October of last year.… Continue Reading

European Commission Recommends Changes to Safe Harbor

On November 27, 2013, the European Commission published an analysis of the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework and other EU-U.S. data transfer agreements. The Commission called for more transparency in the Safe Harbor Framework and also addressed issues concerning the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program and the EU-U.S. agreement on passenger name records. … Continue Reading

Tiao Discusses Upcoming Challenges of the U.S. National Security Agency

On November 2, 2013, Hunton & Williams partner Paul M. Tiao was featured on the Voice of America discussing the importance of the National Security Agency restoring trust among industry and foreign government allies. In the feature, “Next NSA Chief to Face Challenges, Change,” Tiao talked about some of the difficulties that will confront the … Continue Reading

NIST Issues Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework

On October 22, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework, as required under Section 7 of the Obama Administration's February 2013 executive order, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The Preliminary Framework includes standards, procedures and processes for reducing cyber risks to critical infrastructure.… Continue Reading

Tiao Discusses Cyber Threats on CNBC

On August 22, 2013, Hunton and Williams partner Paul M. Tiao was featured on CNBC's Fast Money discussing NASDAQ's recent crash and protecting the financial services industry against cyber threats. This blog entry provides a link to the feature.… Continue Reading
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