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President Obama Announces Cybersecurity National Action Plan

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On February 9, 2016, President Barack Obama unveiled his new Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), a comprehensive approach to confront cybersecurity challenges. As articulated in the CNAP Fact Sheet released by the White House, CNAP takes “near-term actions and puts in place a long-term strategy to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections, protect privacy, maintain public safety as well as economic and national security, and empower Americans to take better control of their digital security.” Below are a few highlights of CNAP. Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity On [...] Read more

FTC Updates IdentityTheft.gov Website

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced updates to the IdentityTheft.gov website aimed at making the site more useful to victims of identity theft. The changes will enable consumers to quickly file complaints and develop a personalized recovery plan after answering a number of questions on the site. “Our hope is that this is going to make it much easier for consumers to start on their road to recovery,” FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said during a news conference revealing the changes. “Having one easy set of steps to understand what [the recovery process] entails and getting a [...] Read more

White House Releases Report on Big Data and Differential Pricing

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The White House Council of Economic Advisors recently released a report titled “Big Data and Differential Pricing.” “Differential pricing” refers to the practice of charging different prices to different groups of people for the same (or similar) products or services. The White House report explores the uses of big data for differential pricing, including the potential benefits or harms to consumers. The report follows the release of an earlier 2014 report on big data by the White House. Reviewing the economics of differential pricing, the recent report points out that many forms of [...] Read more

NIST releases final Cybersecurity Framework

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) has released the final version of the much-anticipated Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (the “Framework”). The Framework was developed by NIST at the direction of President Obama’s February 12, 2013, Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” (the “Executive Order”). The Framework largely retains the structure and components of the preliminary version of the Framework (a discussion of which can be found here), including (i) the Framework Core, (ii) the Framework [...] Read more

House of Representatives Passes Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014: HR 3811 Would Require HHS to Notify Affected Individuals of a Breach of a Health Insurance Exchange Within 2 Days of Discovery

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On Friday, January 10, 2014, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3811, the “Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014” by a vote of 291 to 122. The bill was introduced on January 7, 2014 by Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA), and has a total of 75 cosponsors. Under the bill, the Secretary of Health and Human Services would be required to provide notice to each individual “[n]ot later than two business days after the breach of security of any system maintained by an Exchange established under section 1311 or 1321 of [the Affordable Care Act] which is known to have [...] Read more

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator to Deliver Keynote at Law & Policy In-House Summit in Washington, D.C.

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The Global Law Forum will host The Cybersecurity Law & Policy In-House Summit in Washington D.C. on January 14 and 15, 2014. The Summit will showcase panel discussions addressing a myriad of issues relevant to corporate counsel including establishing data breach response plans, understanding the cybersecurity insurance market, achieving Board of Directors and company buy-in on cybersecurity measures, as well as preparing for the upcoming final NIST Cybersecurity Framework and its potential to establish a new standard of care for liability. Special Assistant to President Obama and U.S. Cybersecurity [...] Read more

NIST’s Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework Could Have Broad Implications for Critical, Non-Critical Infrastructure Alike

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On October 22, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (“Framework”), marking one of the final steps in creating the “voluntary” Framework envisioned in an Obama Administration Executive Order (EO) issued earlier this year. That EO, which was designed to strengthen the cybersecurity of the United States’ critical infrastructure, required NIST to work with the private sector to develop a cybersecurity Framework to reduce the risks from cyber attacks. The Framework is designed to identify beneficial [...] Read more