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Dan Caprio Authors Article on Reboot Communications Ltd

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MLA’s Dan Caprio authors “The Internet of Things” featured on Reboot Communications Ltd. The Internet of Things The Internet of Things (IoT) is a broad term that describes the ecosystem of sensors that interact with each other, persons, and services in computer-aware environments supported by analytics. The complexity of this ecosystem includes sensors that will only interact… Continue Reading

Dan Caprio Co-Authors Cybersecurity Article

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MLA’s Dan Caprio co-authors article featured on Western Independent Bankers. Cybersecurity: Legislative and Policy Developments By Daniel W. Caprio, Jr  and Adrian Mollo, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP Coming on the heels of the release of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (the Framework), the SEC held a roundtable on March 26, 2014… Continue Reading

Dan Caprio Quoted in Politico on “Apple dives into ‘Internet of Things’”

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Privacy

MLA’s Dan Caprio was quoted in the Politico article, “Apple dives into ‘Internet of Things’.” On Monday, (Apple) unveiled plans to let people use their iPhones and iPads to control an array of Internet-connected devices in their homes, from door locks to lightbulbs. In doing so, the company brought the emerging sector of “smart” appliances… Continue Reading

NIST releases Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework

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By Dan Caprio Today, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework, to “help critical infrastructure owners and operators reduce cybersecurity risks in industries such as power generation, transportation and telecommunications.” Links to key materials and information follow below. NIST’s 45-day comment period will begin once a notice is published in… Continue Reading

Securing the Health Exchange Network

Posted in Cybersecurity, Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie and Elizabeth Ferrell On October 1, the new health insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act go “live”, unleashing a host of new cyber activity and cybersecurity threats and, ironically, October 1 also marks the beginning of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  Cybersecurity awareness is certainly crucial in the new exchange world opening… Continue Reading

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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By Dan Caprio In recognition of October being National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we are hosting a kick-off event on October 1 with special guests, including from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Our focus will be to discuss how the voluntary National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cyber security framework contemplates government and private sector… Continue Reading

Privacy and Cybersecurity Collide as House Continue to Debate Information Sharing Legislation

Posted in Congress, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Legislation (Federal)

By Dan Caprio Yesterday, the White House  issued a Statement of Administration Policy that includes a threat to veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (“CISPA” or H.R. 624) unless further changes are made to the bill’s privacy protections to require removal of personal information before cybersecurity data is shared with the government. A… Continue Reading

White House Issues Executive Order and Presidential Policy Directive To Enhance Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Posted in Congress, Cybersecurity

By Elizabeth Ferrell This blog post was co-authored by Beth Ferrell, Katherine Veeder, and Patrick Stanton.  After several months of anticipation, on February 12, 2013, President Obama signed an executive order to enhance measures to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity”  (the “Executive Order” or “Order”).  Accompanying the Order, the White House… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity – What’s Next After the Election?

Posted in 2012 Elections, Cybersecurity

 By Elizabeth Ferrell and Jim Schweiter There is widespread recognition that we must adopt new policies, laws and regulations to identify and monitor cyber threats, protect our cyber infrastructure and IT systems, share information among government agencies and between the private sector and the government, and develop effective means for responding to cyber attacks. The… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity heating up again

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By Dan Caprio In a Senate Homeland Security Government Affairs Committee hearing yesterday, DHS Secretary Napolitano confirmed that an administration executive order covering  power plants, electric grid and other critical infrastructure is “close to completion.” On Wednesday, Senator Jay Rockefeller sent a letter to the Fortune 500, which included Google Inc., Apple Inc., AT&T Inc.,… Continue Reading

Internet Regulatory Policy: My Report from Venice, Italy

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Public-Private Partnerships

By Dan Caprio Last week, Venice, Italy played host to IoT Week 2012 and the IoT International Forum. Known in Europe as “IoT – The Internet of Things” and in the U.S. as “smart innovation,” “smart grids,” and “smart transportation,” this exciting field is increasingly demonstrating both market growth and the potential to bring about tangible… Continue Reading

U.S. Announces New Effort To Combat Compromised Computers

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By Dan Caprio Yesterday, we attended a White House event to announce a new effort known as the Industry Botnet Group (IBG) to combat botnets. A botnet is a collection of compromised computers connected to the Internet. The IBG is the result of a voluntary public-private partnership between the White House, the Departments of Commerce… Continue Reading

Cyber Legislation Outlook: What Companies Should Monitor as Congress Considers Cybersecurity Legislation

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By Dan Caprio From our Cyber legislation update this week. The House of Representatives concluded “cyber week” at the end of April with the passage of a number of bills targeted at enhancing the nation’s protections against cyber threats. The Senate is expected to consider proposed legislation in the coming weeks which has both a… Continue Reading

Navigating The Cyber Maze – Hacking, Compliance and Legislation

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Privacy

By Doug Farry With the policy debates surrounding cybersecurity heating up and legislation currently making its way through Congress, it is vitally important that businesses stay current on a number of high priority issues that can affect their operations, including data privacy, data security and related liabilities. To that end, we’re hosting an event in Los Angeles… Continue Reading

EU Releases New Data Protection Regulations: Who Will it Affect?

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Privacy

By Dan Caprio The European Commission recently published a proposal for the Data Protection Reform Package, including proposals for the new Data Protection Regulation and Police and Criminal Justice Data Protection Directive. In addition to leading to a uniform and coherent data protection law applicable in all EU Member States, the new regulation will also introduce… Continue Reading

Data Privacy Day: Thursday, January 26

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Privacy

By Dan Caprio In recognition of Data Privacy Day next week, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is sponsoring “The Intersection of Privacy & Security” at the George Washington Law School on Thursday, January 26. The event is free and open to the public and promises to be a very timely discussion with the expected release of the White House privacy position… Continue Reading

2012 Federal Cyber Market Outlook and DHS Industry Day, January 26, 2012

Posted in Cybersecurity

By Dan Caprio Cybersecurity is set to be a top federal growth market in 2012. To protect federal information systems and networks, federal agencies will dedicate more funds to cybersecurity. According to a recent study by government IT consultant Deltek, the annual market demand for cybersecurity-related products by the U.S. Government is projected to spike from USD$9.2 billion in… Continue Reading

The Inaugural Post: Welcome to the Politics, Law and Policy Blog

Posted in 2012 Elections, Cybersecurity, Energy Policy, Government Ethics, Health Policy, Infrastructure, Political Law, Tax Policy, Transportation

By Eric Tanenblatt Happy New Year and welcome to the new Politics, Law and Policy Blog: Bipartisan policy insights and political intelligence. This blog is a forum led by members of the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, an international law and public policy firm with offices in nine… Continue Reading