NIST’s Second Draft of Version 1.1 of the Cybersecurity Framework Would Apply to IoT Devices

On December 5, 2017, NIST released the much-anticipated second draft of its Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Version 1.1 (“Framework Version 1.1 Draft 2” or “Draft 2”), along with a draft companion Roadmap for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Version 1.1 (“Roadmap”), and a Fact Sheet on the proposed update. 

V2V Announcement: Fact vs. Fiction

The Associated Press is reporting this week that the Trump Administration has decided not to pursue a mandate proposed by the Obama Administration that would have required automakers to install vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology in all new cars and trucks.  Is the Associated Press correct that the Administration is “jeopardizing one of the most promising technologies for preventing traffic deaths”?

“Cyber Shield” Legislation: Protecting IoT Users or Stifling Innovation?

On October 27, 2017, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Calif.) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Cyber Shield Act of 2017 (the Act).  The Act would direct the Department of Commerce to create a voluntary self-certification program that would independently identify, verify, and label compliant Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices with strong cybersecurity standards. 

House Bill Would Allow “Hacking Back” in Defense of Private Networks

In mid-October, House Representatives Tom Graves (R-GA-14) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-09) introduced the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC) (H.R.4036). The bill would allow companies and other authorized individuals to use limited defensive measures—that is, to “hack back”—beyond the boundaries of company’s own network to monitor, identify, and disrupt cyber attackers.

Unmanned Aerial Voltage: Amazon Receives Patent for Roving UAS Car Chargers

Just when you thought there wasn’t anything that Amazon couldn’t deliver to its customers in increasingly short periods of time, it appears that the e-commerce giant has plans to deliver a new product: electricity.  This week in an exciting unmanned aircraft system (“UAS”) and connected car crossover, technology-focused media outlets are reporting that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to Amazon for UAS that can attach themselves to electric vehicles to charge them while the vehicle is moving