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New Internet of Things Security Legislation Introduced in U.S. Senate

August 3, 2017 by George A. Gasper, Partner
Four United States Senators introduced bipartisan legislation this week that would improve the cybersecurity of Internet-connected devices purchased by the federal government. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 (which was drafted with input from several security and technology companies) would require companies selling IoT devices to the government to implement specific security standards, including ensuring their devices: (i) do not have any known security vulnerabilities, (ii) do not use hard-coded passwords that cannot be changed, (iii) rely on industry standard protocols, and (iv) are patchable if security is compromised. (IoT devices with limited data processing and software functionality would be subject to alternative requirements to be developed by the Office of Management and Budget.)  The proposed legislation would also require (among other things) the Department of Homeland Security to issue additional guidelines regarding vulnerability disclosure policies applicable to companies selling IoT devices to the federal government.


Small Towns Targeted in ISIS Cyber-Vandalism

June 28, 2017 by Nicholas Reuhs, Nicole R. Woods,
Yesterday, websites for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, Howard County (Maryland) and the town of Brookhaven (New York) were replaced with an ISIS message. There was no apparent reason that these government divisions were targeted.


Cyber and Kidnap/Ransom Insurance Should Respond to Massive Global Ransomware Attacks in More than 100 Countries

May 30, 2017 by Nicholas Reuhs, Partner
The recent ransomware attack led many to reevaluate how prepared their organizations are for such an event. While risk mitigation (i.e., prevention) is critical, so is risk transfer through insurance. Most cyber insurers offer cyber extortion coverage as part of their policies, although the coverage can sometimes be difficult to locate and analyze in the context of a larger cyber policy.


Drivers, Start Your Internet!

May 25, 2017 by Lindsay M. Miller, Partner
In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") unanimously voted to open high-band spectrum for 5th generation ("5G") wireless expansion. This action will significantly impact connected devices and the Internet of Things ("IoT"), including connected/ autonomous vehicles. While we are still several years from true 5G deployment, this week it "accelerated into reality" according to a blog from Ericcson.


Dodged WannaCry? Get Ready for the Next Cyber-Attack!

May 19, 2017 by Stephen E. Reynolds, Partner
After the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused disruption in about 150 nations around the world, organizations need to be more cautious than ever of security vulnerabilities that can make them susceptible to cyber-attacks. After the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused disruption in about 150 nations around the world, organizations need to be more cautious than ever of security vulnerabilities that can make them susceptible to cyber-attacks.


Energize and Disrupt at the #IoTCivicHack

May 2, 2017 by Siddharth Bose, Associate
Did you know Indiana ranks first in the nation in duck production? Or that 80% of the U.S. population is within 24 hours of Indiana? Or that Indiana is considered the most manufacturing-intensive state in the nation?
 
Here in Indiana, we make more, we grow more, and we move more.


Lindsay Miller to Discuss ‘5G’ Technology on Upcoming Net Inclusion 2017 Panel

April 20, 2017
Ice Miller attorney Lindsay Miller will be a panel speaker at the discussion, “‘5G is coming!’ What's telecom's next big thing, and why should we care?” during the National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s (NDIA’s) Net Inclusion 2017 conference from May 16-17 in Saint Paul, Minn.


Ice Miller is Proud to Support #IoTCivicHack

March 9, 2017
Ice Miller’s Internet of Things Industry Group is proud to support the IoT Civic Hackathon, produced by the AT&T Developer Program, on April 21-22, 2017 at Launch Fishers.


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Proposes Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Rules

March 8, 2017
While there are still a number of various impediments for advancing today’s connected cars into fully autonomous vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been at the forefront of resolving one of the major issues: vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication guidance.  Most recently, the NHTSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), No. 150, to mandate V2V communications for new light vehicles and to standardize the message and format of V2V transmissions. Ultimately, the NHTSA does not feel confident that the market will achieve such standardized communication language and protocols without such a mandate on V2V communication systems.


Mississippi Attorney General Hood Sues Google for Alleged Student-Data Mining

February 20, 2017 by Nicole R. Woods, Associate
The latest development in the feud between Google and Mississippi’s Attorney General, Jim Hood—a history that can only be described as soap-operatic—is a newly filed lawsuit by Hood against the tech giant. The tumultuous relationship began in 2014 when Hood’s office issued a lengthy subpoena to Google requesting documents and other information related to any “dangerous content” hosted on Google’s networks, under the guise of battling online illicit drug sales. However, shortly after the subpoena was served, the Sony hack occurred, which divulged vast amount of Sony data and emails to the public. Found in the hacked emails were communications that indicated that the Motion Picture Association of America was both instigating and bankrolling Hood’s subpoena in an attempt to crack down on piracy. 


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