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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...

Sutherland Partner Addresses Cybersecurity Concerns in TheStreet

Sutherland Partner Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik was recently quoted in TheStreet article “What Banks and the IRS Should Do to Prevent a Cyber 9/11” authored by  Marguerite Arnold. In this article, Mary Jane addresses cybersecurity threats and the potential impact a large-scale cyberattack may have on critical...

Proposed Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (S.754) on March 18, 2015. The bill would encourage the sharing of cybersecurity threat information, require measures to protect individual privacy and civil liberties interests, and offer liability protections to the private sector. Under the bill, information sharing would be voluntary,...

New Federal Cybersecurity Threat Tracking Center Launched

The White House has announced the creation of a new federal unit tasked with coordinating the sharing of cyber threat information. No single federal agency is currently tasked with creating assessments of cyber threats and sharing information between existing cybersecurity units of the federal government. The new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, or CTIIC, is intended to...

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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