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‘Aggrieved Persons’ can bring suit under Biometric Information Privacy Act

James Shreve Elizabeth Casale January 28, 2019
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The Illinois Supreme Court has decided individuals need not allege injury other than a violation of their rights to bring suit under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, leaving the door open for future individual suits and class actions. READ MORE

Pennsylvania Supreme Court provides new route for data security breach plaintiffs

James Shreve Elizabeth Casale January 2, 2019
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A recent decision from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in Dittman v. UPMC may signal a significant change in fortunes for plaintiffs in data breach cases. Anyone storing or collecting data should be aware of the potential increase in security breach litigation in an employer/employee context. READ MORE

The potential cybersecurity crisis hiding in plain sight — at home

James Shreve December 19, 2018
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As more employees work remotely from home, the risk of a cyber breach stemming from a home network is increasing. With the immense repercussions of a breach at risk, companies should augment their cyber protection and breach response plans to include protections for home networks. READ MORE

NIST announces collaborative privacy framework initiative

James Shreve September 11, 2018
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The framework is significant for several reasons and is intended to help organizations manage the data privacy risks they are now exposed to more than ever thanks to new technologies. READ MORE

SEC announces new interpretive guidance in cybersecurity

Jennifer Post March 8, 2018
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In a February 21 Release, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced new interpretive guidance for public companies regarding cybersecurity risk and incident disclosures. The new guidance (which expands on the 2011 statement from the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance, which identified the cybersecurity risk—and consequence—disclosure obligations for public companies) introduces two new areas of focus which had not previously been addressed by the SEC. READ MORE

Beware this years’ taxpayer refund scams and data breaches: 8 steps recommended by the IRS

March 2, 2018
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The IRS is warning the public about the emerging scams this tax season, which includes cyber-attacks targeting tax preparers and businesses. The statement includes the steps to take if you or your clients' tax data or financial information has been compromised. READ MORE

4 ways to manage cybersecurity risks in business and transactions

Jennifer Post November 14, 2017
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Addressing and managing operational cybersecurity risks is important not only to lessen the risks and fallout of a cyber-attack but also to demonstrate that your company has taken appropriate steps and implemented necessary procedures to protect itself and its financial or strategic partners. READ MORE

3 things your school should know about Missouri State Auditor’s emphasis of cybersecurity

June 23, 2017
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Schools should take notice of the Missouri Auditors’ recommendations and carefully consider those recommendations when looking at their own cybersecurity programs. READ MORE

Executive order presents three-pronged approach to improving U.S. cybersecurity

May 26, 2017
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The May 11 Executive Order is a strong effort toward upgrading and addressing the United States’ cybersecurity capabilities. But it remains to be seen what sort of commitment the efforts identified will receive from Congress, private enterprises, and the rest of the government. READ MORE

New Mexico comes late to data breach party, requires promptness

March 23, 2017
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One of only a few states without its own data breach notification law, New Mexico is about to join the ranks of 47 states with such laws. HB15, awaiting the governor's signature, requires an expedient 45-calendar-day notification window. READ MORE

Is breach mitigation the next wave of cybersecurity regulation?

February 9, 2017
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More and more, regulators are focusing their rulemaking power not just on how a company responds (or doesn’t respond) to a data breach, but the steps it took far in advance to prevent or mitigate such a breach. READ MORE

FINRA fines again target financial firms for failure to follow regs

January 4, 2017
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FINRA has sent a clear message to member firms that it is very serious about enforcing its cybersecurity regulations. Requirements to protect personal information as well as to preserve necessary evidence are not being taken lightly by FINRA. READ MORE

NIST and FAIR develop tool to merge cybersecurity risk standards

August 12, 2016
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A set of joint resources from NIST and FAIR can help cybersecurity professionals to both prioritize risks in their organization and allocate security resources to the most critical areas of exposure. READ MORE

Can 3D printing technology be stolen by sound recorders?

August 2, 2016
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There is little question that 3D printing is an important part of technology and manufacturing development. But a recent study may raise some concern over the security of that technology in an unexpected way. READ MORE

What you need to know about the new EU-U.S. data transfer pact

Rob Kamensky July 14, 2016
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The U.S. and EU have negotiated a new pact that would allow for U.S. companies to collect and store personally identifying information about EU citizens and to protect those citizens’ privacy pursuant to EU standards. So what are the requirements of this new Privacy Shield and what do they mean for U.S. companies doing business with European customers? READ MORE