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A Dragonfly in the Ointment: Cyber Attacks on the Energy Sector May Signal Dark Days Ahead

On September 6, 2017, cybersecurity company Symantec reported an increased effort among cyber attackers to target the energy sector, both in Europe and the United States. The group believed to be behind the most recent intrusions into energy sector systems is known as Dragonfly. In their article for Cybersecurity Law & Strategy, Eversheds Sutherland attorneys Michael Bahar, Mark Thibodeaux and Trevor Satnick discuss that organizations within the energy sector must be more vigilant than ever if hacking groups like Dragonfly are to be kept out of both IT and industrial control systems....
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Making Multifactor Authentication Work

Eversheds Sutherland Partner Michael Bahar is quoted in this GCN article providing insight on multifactor authentication for federal agencies. Learn more.
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NHTSA Releases New Automated Vehicle Policy

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week released Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety. This updated guidance on automated driving systems (the Guidance) is intended to “pave[] the way for the safe deployment of advanced driver assistance technologies by providing voluntary guidance that encourages best practices and prioritizes safety.” Learn...
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Concerns Grow Over Potential Cyberattacks on Electric Grid

Eversheds Sutherland Partner Michael Bahar is quoted in this Morning Consult article regarding rising calls from cybersecurity practitioners to improve information sharing between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and private industry officials. Learn more.
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Cybersecurity Experts Urge Faster Threat Alerts From Homeland Security

Eversheds Sutherland Partner Michael Bahar is quoted in this Morning Consult article regarding rising calls from cybersecurity practitioners to improve information sharing between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and private industry officials. Learn more.
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Hurricanes Remind Us Our Water Systems Are at Risk to Cyberattacks

The flooding caused by powerful hurricanes reminds us of the devastating power of water — but natural disasters may not be the only threats to our water system. Due to increased cyber vulnerabilities, and an increased willingness among hackers to target critical infrastructure, the opportunities for man-made water disasters are growing. Learn more.
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A Method to the Madness: Choosing the Best Route to an Autonomous Future

There is near universal acceptance in the auto industry that the future of the industry is linked to development of autonomous (i.e., self-driving) vehicles. However, what separates truly automated vehicles from other kinds of high-tech car automation is not a straightforward issue. Learn more.
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The Final Rule: DOL Proposes to Extend Transition Period until July 1, 2019, and Issues Additional Non-Enforcement Policy for Arbitration Limitations

By a notice published in the Federal Register on August 31, 2017, the Department of Labor proposed to extend from January 1, 2018, until July 1, 2019, the date for compliance with the full conditions in its new “investment advice” fiduciary definition and related exemptions, which became generally applicable on June 9. Learn more.
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NAIC Report: 2017 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the 2017 Summer National Meeting from August 5-9. Commissioners, staff and interested parties alike converged in Philadelphia hoping for a busy and productive meeting ahead of what is expected to be a sparsely attended Fall National Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. The National Meetings were again dominated by themes of technological and operational change, with many meetings focused on keeping up with the rapid evolution occurring across the industry. Learn...
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Cyber Kinks In The Global Supply Chain

The more interconnected industry becomes, and the “smarter” our products and supply chains grow, the more efficiencies we capture, and the more market opportunities open up; but, at the same time, the more vulnerable we become to cyber-disruption across the global supply chain. Learn more.
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An Emerging Patchwork Of Cybersecurity Rules

With the recent adoption of cybersecurity regulations governing broker-dealers and investment advisers registered in Colorado and Vermont, the landscape of cybersecurity regulation continues to evolve in significant ways. For those businesses not yet covered by cyber regulations, these latest moves indicate that the day of reckoning may be coming, with both federal and state regulators actively expanding their reach. Learn more.
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Legislation Could Aid Highly Automated Vehicle Development

In their article for Property Casualty360, Eversheds Sutherland (US) attorneys Michael Nelson, Trevor Satnick and Tony Ficarrotta discuss the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research in Vehicle Evolution (SELF DRIVE) Act, and three key proposals within it that should help facilitate the development and adoption of highly automated vehicles. Learn more.
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Stand Up, Sit Down, Stand Up: Ninth Circuit Revives Spokeo No-injury Suit

In a decision surely welcomed by the plaintiffs’ bar, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held, on August 15, 2017, that a putative class action plaintiff has Article III standing as long as the plaintiff alleges just slightly more than a mere statutory violation. The case, Robins v. Spokeo, was on remand from the United States Supreme Court following that Court’s well-known May 2016 Spokeo v. Robins decision, which held that allegations of a statutory violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), without more, did not confer standing. Learn...
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Is the Shipping Industry on Cybersecurity Autopilot?

In his article for The Maritime Executive, Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partner Michael Bahar provides insight on the cyber risks associated with the possibility of automated ships and what the US House Intelligence Committee and the US Coast Guard are doing to mitigate these risks. Ultimately, for the maritime industry and for those industries reliant on the maritime industry, Michael says the time is now to generate and implement a sound cyber strategy, especially with the move to greater connectivity and greater automation. Learn...
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