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  • From Vol. 2 No.23 (Nov. 16, 2016)

    WilmerHale Attorneys Explain the Evolving Cybersecurity Environment of the Energy Sector

    Congress and federal agencies have dramatically strengthened cybersecurity requirements and authorities in the energy sector in recent years, with additional efforts underway. WilmerHale attorneys Jonathan Cedarbaum, Jason Chipman and Nathaniel Custer detailed these governmental efforts in an interview with The Cybersecurity Law Report, and discussed how the energy sector is responding to the changes. See also “How the American Energy Industry Approaches Security and Emphasizes Information Sharing” (Mar. 2, 2016).

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  • From Vol. 2 No.23 (Nov. 16, 2016)

    Navigating U.S. and E.U. Cybersecurity Requirements

    Complicating cybersecurity’s rapidly evolving legal landscape is the lack of any single government or regulatory entity providing umbrella legislation or universal legal guidance. At a recent PLI program, Paul Tiao and Adam Solomon, a partner and associate, respectively, in Hunton & Williams’ global privacy and cybersecurity practice, examined the existing framework, steps that led there, and recent changes in cybersecurity’s legal landscape, both in the U.S. and in the E.U. See also “After a Cyber Breach, What Laws Are in Play and Who Is Enforcing Them?” (May 20, 2015).

     

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  • From Vol. 2 No.1 (Jan. 6, 2016)

    Opportunities and Challenges of the Long-Awaited Cybersecurity Act of 2015

    After years of discussions, numerous draft bills and extended debates about the privacy and liability risks associated with information sharing, on December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 as part of the omnibus spending bill.  Title I of the Act, Cybersecurity Information Sharing (CISA), establishes a framework for sharing and receiving cyber threat information among the private sector and federal government entities.  It shields companies from liability for sharing cyber threat information in accordance with certain procedures, as well as for specific actions undertaken to defend or monitor corporate networks.  Saxby Chambliss, DLA Piper partner and former U.S. Senator who served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and sponsored an earlier cybersecurity bill, told The Cybersecurity Law Report that this Act “is going to be beneficial to both big and small companies.  It is another tool in the toolbox that allows companies to protect their systems and the information that is on them.”  However, Shahryar Shaghaghi, BDO Consulting’s managing director and technology advisory leader, cautioned that CISA will also pose “potential challenges” to companies in terms of the resources required to share cyber threat information and perceived privacy risk.  See also “How the Legal Industry Is Sharing Information to Combat Cyber Threats” (Sep. 16, 2015).

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