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DHS Readying Draft Cyber Incident Response Plan

The Department of Homeland Security is preparing to release a long-awaited draft of the National Cyber Incident Response Plan. In part, the plan will fill in details not addressed in Presidential Policy Directive 41, which established roles and responsibilities for federal agencies in responding to cyber incidents. The plan takes a “whole-of-nation” approach to response […]
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DHS, Commerce Officials Disagree on Whether New Laws Can Ease Liability Fears Over Cyber...

During a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce event, Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker proposed a “reverse Miranda protection” for firms that share the details of cyber breaches with government. Pritzker says that such a rule would prevent information disclosed during an investigation into a breach from being used to take regulatory or legal action […]
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NY State’s New Cyber Rules for Banks

Critics of New York’s proposed new cybersecurity regulations for the financial and insurance sectors say the new rules will merely add more paperwork for big firms, who already have to comply with federal regulations and industry standards. More at CNBC
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If the GDPR Were in Effect, Yahoo Would Have to Write a Large Check

Under the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation, Yahoo could have been fined up to 2 percent of its global revenue—or about $90 million—for failing to timely notify users of the breach of its systems. The GDPR has not yet gone into effect, but other oversight entities—including the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office, Ireland’s Data Protection […]
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Warner Asks SEC to Prove Yahoo Breach

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Yahoo timely disclosed the breach of its systems to the public and investors. Warner notes that as recently as September 9, Yahoo stated that it had not experienced any breaches. More at ComputerWorld
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Users File Lawsuit Against Yahoo Over Data Breach

The massive data breach that potentially exposed the personal information of 500 million Yahoo users has triggered several class action lawsuits against the firm, with plaintiffs arguing Yahoo did not do enough to protect their data, and misrepresented the security of its systems. More at Security Week
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Department of Transportation Releases Policy Guidance on Autonomous Vehicle Technology

The Department of Transportation has issued new policy guidance for manufacturers of autonomous vehicles and states considering how to regulate these technologies. Among covered areas, the guidance addresses data recording and sharing, consumer privacy, and vehicle cybersecurity. More at National Law Review
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Health IT Playbook Released

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has issued a new Health IT Playbook with tools and resources providing practical, technical, and workflow assistance for healthcare providers. The playbook includes advice on electronic health record acquisitions, HIPAA compliance guidance, and an interactive map of federal support […]
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Committee Releases Updated Encryption Report

House Homeland Security Committee chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released an update to Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate, the committee’s report on encryption and its impact on law enforcement and counterterrorism efforts. The committee updated the report to reflect recent developments on the topic of encryption, in light of terror attacks […]
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House Passes Cyber Preparedness Act

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed six bills to strengthen various Department of Homeland Security programs, including H.R. 5459, the Cyber Preparedness Act of 2016. The act would enhance DHS’s ability to prepare and respond to cyber attacks and support the dissemination of homeland security information related to cyber threats. More at House Homeland […]
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