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Electric Grid Cyberattacks

Utility companies and grids are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. The Manhattan Institute recently released a report warning that although greater grid-Internet connectivity results in greener, smarter grids, these grids are also more likely to be the targets of hackers. The frequency of cyberattacks has increased by 60% annually within the last twelve years, and...

NIST Releases Draft Guidance on Cybersecurity Event Recovery

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) released draft guidance that outlines practices for responding to and recovering from cyberattacks. The goal of this publication, according to NIST, is to offer “tactical and strategic guidance regarding the planning, playbook developing, testing, and improvement of recovery planning.” Public comments are being accepted...

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...

NAIC Adopts New Cybersecurity Exam Tool

On September 21, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners IT Examination Working Group adopted amendments to the IT section of the Financial Condition Examiners Handbook to strengthen the Handbook’s already existing cybersecurity guidance. Charged with improving this guidance, the Working Group compared the Handbook’s guidance to the National Institute of Standards and...

NIST Releases Access Management Guidance for Energy Companies

A division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released draft guidance for energy companies to manage access to their networked resources, including industrial control systems and information technology. In the draft guidance, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) offers step-by-step instructions to help energy companies address the risk...

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