In its third simulated test of the security of the power grid, the North American Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) reported general progress across the electric utility industry in defending against physical and cyber threats, while also identifying several areas for further improvement.

The NERC exercise, dubbed GridEx III, took place over two days in November 2015 and involved more than 4,400 individuals from 364 industry, law enforcement and government organizations across the United States, Canada and Mexico. The main objectives of the exercise were to test crisis response and recovery, improve communication, identify problem areas and engage senior-level leadership in the organizations involved.
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During last week’s APEC privacy and e-commerce meetings in Lima, Peru, the APEC E-Commerce Business Alliance established its 2nd APEC E-Commerce Business Alliance Expert Council. The ECBA Expert Council is comprised of 32 e-commerce experts from government, academia and the private sector in the APEC region.
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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.
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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.
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On November 5, 2015, the White House released the proposed text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that would commit participating countries to implement legal frameworks to protect personal information processed in connection with electronic commerce.
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On October 27, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed S.754 – Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 by a vote of 74 to 21. This bill is intended to facilitate and encourage the sharing of Internet traffic information between and among companies and the federal government to prevent cyber attacks.
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