Australia: Pezzullo frames Critical Infrastructure Bills as ‘defence’ and ransomware plan as ‘offence’

At the end of last year, Australia’s Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Act 2021 became law to give government “last resort” powers to direct an entity when responding to cyber attacks, which included introducing a cyber-incident reporting regime for critical Read More …

US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security Tightens Export Controls on Items Used in Surveillance and other Malicious Cyber Activities

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has released an interim final rule, establishing controls on the export, reexport, or transfer (in-country) of certain items that can be used for malicious cyber activities. The rule also creates a Read More …

Ransom Disclosure Act would give victims 48 hours to report payments

Victims of ransomware attacks in the United States may soon have to report any payments to hackers within 48 hours, according to a new legislation proposal titled the ‘Ransom Disclosure Act’. The bill was drafted by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren Read More …

Legislation to secure critical systems against cyberattacks moves forward in the House

Multiple bills meant to secure critical infrastructure against cyber threats were approved by the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday afternoon, just a week after a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline caused fuel shortages across the nation. The committee Read More …

Australian Signals Directorate says cyber attack intervention will be ‘rare’ under critical infrastructure Bill

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) expects intervention in the cyber attack response of companies considered critical infrastructure to only occur in “rare circumstances”. As described in the current form of the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020, government assistance Read More …

Australia’s critical infrastructure definition to span communications, data storage, space

The federal government on Monday published an exposure draft on the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020. It seeks to amend the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 to implement “an enhanced framework to uplift the security and resilience Read More …