The encryption debate is far from ‘going dark’

Shortly after the release of the communiqué from the most recent ministerial meetings of the ‘Five Countries’ security alliance — Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US — at the end of July, we warned that the issue of the use of, and access to, encrypted services and technologies ‘remains front of mind for … Read more

UK Government issues Call for Views on post-Brexit Cyber Security Certification

Last week, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport issued a Call for Views on the certification scheme currently anticipated by Regulation (EU) 2019/881 (the Cybersecurity Act) after Brexit. The closing date for responses is 15 October. In the issued document, the UK Government proposes to maintain “a close relationship with the EU on … Read more

Zero-day attacks, red teaming and other cyber concerns

There are a myriad cybersecurity issues that legal departments must concern themselves with, with proactivity being key to the safety of a business’s information. Speaking recently on a live webcast hosted by Lawyers Weekly — Security breaches: is your firm protected? — Telstra security consultant Keith Kerr said zero-day attacks refer to instances where legal … Read more

EU Regulation on cyber security now in force

As we previously reported, the EU reached political agreement on the new EU Cybersecurity Act (the “Act“) in March 2019. The Act has now been published in the Official Journal and the majority of its provisions came into effect on 27 June 2019. Read more

US Senate confirms Permanent Ombudsman for the EU-US Privacy Shield Agreement

On 20 June 2019, the US Senate confirmed Keith Krach as the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. As part of that role, Krach will serve as the permanent Ombudsman for the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement. The EU-US Privacy Shield is a framework that regulates transatlantic exchanges of personal data … Read more

IOSCO publishes final report of Cyber Task Force

On 18 June 2019, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions ("IOSCO") published the final report of its Cyber Task Force ("CTF"). The purpose of this report was to identify how three prominent and internationally-recognised cyber frameworks were being used by IOSCO member jurisdictions. IOSCO currently has 224 member nations worldwide. Read more