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The UK’s Cybersecurity Regulatory Landscape: An Overview

Have you visited our online client cybersecurity resource portal: Ready, Set, Respond? Designed by our cross-practice team of global practitioners to provide in-house counsel with the tools they need to prepare for the inevitable cybersecurity incident and quickly and easily stay up to date on the evolving state of cybersecurity regulation around the world, the portal is regularly updated with new content.  Today, we’re taking a closer look at the United Kingdom’s cybersecurity legal and regulatory landscape, courtesy of Conor Ward. Visit Ready, Set, Respond for more information or to take

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The G-7 Fundamental Elements of Cybersecurity for The Financial Sector

Cyber risk has been high on the agenda of financial services regulators for some time now. In the UK, the FCA specifically addressed its concerns in its 2015/2016 Business Plan and it has an on-going programme of work which includes working with the PRA and Bank of England on visibility of IT resilience and risks at board level, and with Treasury and regulatory partners on addressing cyber risk. Therefore it comes as no surprise that the finance ministers and central bank governors of the G-7 countries have considered Cyber risk

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FTC takes enforcement action regarding data security and IoT

As legislators across the world grapple with the thorny issue of suppliers’ liability for digital content and online services, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the U.S. has used its existing powers under the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. to address the liability of equipment manufacturers in relation to the Internet of Things. ASUSTeK Computer, Inc (“ASUS“), is a Taiwanese hardware manufacturer that, among other things, sells routers, and related software and services, intended for consumer use.  In August 2012, ASUS introduced and began marketing a feature known as

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Agreement Reached on First EU-Wide Rules to Improve Cybersecurity

At a trialogue meeting on December 7, the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union reached agreement with the European Parliament on common rules to strengthen network and information security (NIS) across the EU.  The new directive will set out the first ever EU-wide cybersecurity obligations for operators of essential services and digital service providers.  Essential service sectors include energy, transport, banking, financial market, health and water supply.  Operators in essential service sectors and digital service providers will be required to take measures to manage cyber risks and

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UK Public Sector Spectrum Release: Award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands

In a Statement and Consultation published on 26 May 2015, Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator, published updated plans on the release of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands and it opened a consultation on options for proceeding with the award in light of potential changes in the mobile market in the UK. The 2.3 and 3.4 GHz award bands will be released by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) as part of the Government’s Public Sector Spectrum Release (PSSR) programme to make 500 MHz of spectrum available for

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Amendments to UK Hacking Legislation under The Serious Crime Act 2015 come into force

Amendments to the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (“CMA”) introduced by Part 2 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 (“2015 Act”) came into effect on the 3rd May 2015. The 2015 Act makes 4 changes to the CMA, in particular these: Create a new offence to ensure that the most serious cyber attacks attract penalties commensurate with the harm caused; Extend the section 3A offence to cover articles (or tools) for personal use; Extend the extra-territorial reach of the CMA offences; and Clarify the savings provision for law enforcement agencies.

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UK: Cybersecurity Seminar Tackles Business Risks from Cyber Attacks

On 20 November 2013, Hogan Lovells hosted a cybersecurity seminar at its London offices, gathering a panel of experts in the field to discuss a subject that has become a growing concern for businesses worldwide. The seminar sought to address the cyber risks currently facing businesses, what businesses should do if a cyber attack occurs, the legal issues a business should consider when responding to a cyber attack, and the options for protecting a business with cyber risk and data protection insurance.

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European Commission proposes “Connected Continent” legislative reforms for telecoms sector

The European Commission has announced the adoption of a legislative package for a “Connected Continent: Building a Telecoms Single Market”. The package proposes a range of reforms to be rolled out over the next 3 years, subject to approval by the European Parliament.  Global Media and Communications Watch will feature a longer post shortly but key elements include: A single authorisation for telecoms operators across the EU An increase in the legal threshold for telecoms sub-markets regulation, with the aim of reducing the number of sub-markets A more coherent framework for

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Ofcom to permit use of 2G and 3G spectrum for LTE & WiMAX (4G) services

Ofcom has today announced that it will permit mobile phone operators to use their existing 2G and 3G radio spectrum for LTE & WiMAX (4G) services in the future.   The decision allows mobile operators to increase mobile broadband speeds in future by re-using their 2G and 3G spectrum for LTE & WiMAX (4G), and to plan and implement moves to LTE & WiMAX (4G) technology in these bands without having to submit future regulatory applications.   Today’s statement ‘liberalises’ all mobile licences in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and