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Cyber Storm V Highlights Need for Greater Info-sharing and Formalized Incident Response

Results from the Department of Homeland Security’s  (“DHS”) “Cyber Storm V” national exercise revealed that challenges remain around information and cyber threat indictor sharing, and that a plan for widespread cyber response would help improve response from government and industry to cyberattacks. Though the exercise showed that challenges remain, it also revealed an increased...

DHS Issues Final Information Sharing Guidelines

The Department of Homeland Security has issued final guidance on the implementation of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015. The final guidance documents include: Guidance to Assist Non-Federal Entities to Share Cyber Threat Indicators and Defensive Measures with Federal Entities under the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, Privacy and Civil Liberties Final...

DHS to Clarify Liability Protections for Companies Sharing Cyber-threat Indicators

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intends to issue revised guidance that will clarify liability protections for companies sharing cyber-threat indicators among themselves, and will reissue guidance on information sharing with non-federal entities under the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. DHS intends to revise the initial guidance issued in February to reflect the industry feedback...

Cyber Bill passed into law as part of Omnibus Spending Package

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (“Act”), which was added to the fiscal 2016 appropriations measure, was signed into law on December 18, 2015. The Act includes, among other things, incentives for companies to participate in sharing information about data threats with the government and among themselves. Among these incentives is liability protection for those who participate in the...

President Obama Signs Executive Order Promoting Cybersecurity Information Sharing in the Private Sector

On February 13, 2015, President Obama signed an Executive Order designed to encourage private companies and organizations to share information on cyber threats among themselves, and with the federal government, on a voluntary basis. The President signed the order as part of a speech given at a Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Summit held at Stanford University. This order is part...

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