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The SEC Drops Another Shoe: The OCIE Cybersecurity Initiative

On April 14, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a Cybersecurity Initiative Risk Alert (“Risk Alert”), further highlighting the importance being...more

State Data Security Breach Notification Laws

The general definition of “personal information” or “PI” used in the majority of statutes is: An individual’s first name or first initial and last name plus one or more of following data elements: (i) Social Security number,...more

Trendy “Cybersecurity” Versus Traditional “Information Security” Two Sides of the Same Security Coin

Cybersecurity has become a dominant topic of the day. The Snowden revelations, the mega-data breaches of 2013, the pervasiveness of invisible online “tracking” and the proliferation of “ data broker” trading in personal data...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Cybersecurity Initiative for Investment Advisers

On April 15, 2014, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a Risk Alert regarding the SEC’s initiative to assess cybersecurity preparedness and...more

Cybersecurity: SEC Is Starting to Scrutinize Registrants’ Practices

The SEC plans to examine the cybersecurity practices of over 50 registered broker-dealers and investment advisers. The SEC announced its plan in an April 15, 2014 Risk Alert, which closely follows the March 26 Cybersecurity...more

SEC’s OCIE Announces Cybersecurity Examinations Of Broker-Dealers And Registered Investment Advisers

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, or OCIE, previously announced that its 2014 Examination Priorities included a focus on technology, including cybersecurity preparedness. OCIE has issued a Risk...more

The SEC Cybersecurity Roundtable: Indicator of Things to Come?

Starting with the Securities and Exchange Commission's January 2014 announcement that cybersecurity is a priority in its National Examination Program, SEC Chair Mary Jo White and others at the SEC have continued to stress the...more

Cybersecurity Disclosure Heats Up

Due to the current proliferation of technology and electronic connectivity among various aspects of nearly every company’s business, cybersecurity risks continue to grow exponentially. However, the disclosure related to those...more

Business News Digest – April 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity Assessments – Using the Tool Well - A SOX in the Gut: Supreme Court Vastly Expands Workplace "Whistleblower" Law - SEC to Scrutinize Never-Examined Investment...more

SEC Hosts Roundtable on Cybersecurity Issues and Challenges

Participants recognize the importance of board oversight and risk disclosures. On March 26, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hosted a roundtable to discuss cybersecurity and the issues and challenges...more

SEC Holds Cybersecurity Roundtable

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission conducted a roundtable discussion on cybersecurity and the issues and challenges cyber-threats present for public companies, exchanges, and market...more

Target, University of Maryland Testify on Data Breaches; Congress, FTC and SEC Continue Inquiries

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing entitled “Protecting Personal Consumer Information from Cyber Attacks and Data Breaches” and heard testimony from...more

Risky Business: Target Discloses Data Breach and New Risk Factors in 8-K Filing… Kind Of

After Target Corporation’s (NYSE: TGT) net earnings dropped 46% in its fourth quarter compared to the same period last year, Target finally answered the 441 million dollar question – To 8-K, or not to 8-K? Target filed its...more

Five Tips to Consider When Any Public Company Might be The Next Target

With annual reporting season underway, C-suite executives wake to another day and another data breach. Target, Michael’s, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Adobe -- the list goes on and on. By now, all companies should appreciate...more

Cybersecurity and the duty of care: a top 10 checklist for board members

Visibility on information security, including cybersecurity as well as physical security aspects, is increasingly permeating corporate life. The relatively new SEC requirements for public disclosure of cybersecurity...more

Are You Another Target for Hackers? 2014 Cybersecurity Risk Disclosure Reminder

As calendar-year public companies approach annual reporting season, issuers should consider whether or not their current risk factor disclosures, as well as their “forward looking statements” language, are adequate in light...more

Business News Digest – December 2013

In this issue: - NIST Holds Fifth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework; Incentives Still Lacking - Advertising Law News & Analysis - November 1, 2013 Edition - November 7, 2013 Edition - November 14,...more

Cybersecurity Considerations for Public Companies

Recent developments, including a barrage of cyber-attacks and revelations related to state-sponsored monitoring of electronic systems, have resulted in heightened interest by businesses and regulators about cybersecurity. The...more

SEC Continues to Target Cybersecurity Disclosures

Over the past two years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (Corp Fin) has highlighted the importance of cybersecurity disclosures in filings with the SEC. Corp Fin’s initiative...more

Reminder -- Compliance Date for Identity Theft Red Flags Rules is November 20, 2013

As a reminder, the Identity Theft Red Flags Rules jointly adopted by the SEC and CFTC, which took effect on May 20, 2013, have an upcoming compliance date of November 20, 2013. Under these rules, certain SEC and...more

Privacy Monday – July 29, 2013

Privacy goofs, gaffes and tidbits for the last Monday in July — NSA Surveillance Causes More Grief –Germany Calls for a Stop to Safe Harbor: Time for Binding Corporate Rules? According to news sources the...more

Survey Says: Fortune 500 Disclosing Cyber Risks

Ever since our 2013 prediction, an ever increasing number of public companies are adding disclosure related to cybersecurity and data breach risks to their public filings. We previously analyzed how the nation’s largest...more

Is Your Cyber-Security Better Than a Fortune 500's?

Half of Fortune 500 companies would face “serious harm” or be “adversely impacted” by a cyber-attack. The greatest perceived harms are loss or theft of confidential information, loss of reputation and direct loss from...more

Levick Monthly - June 2013: The New Balance; The Impact Of The SEC’s Social Media Pronouncement + How To Protect Your Brand From...

In This Issue: - COVER STORY ..The Impact of The SEC’s Social Media - CORPORATE & REPUTATION ..Everything You Know About Charity Is Wrong - CRISIS ..How Kraft Can Neutralize a Crusading Food...more

BLG Monthly Update for May 2013

Privacy, data breaches, texting, a bit of golf law and more in the BLG Monthly Update for May 2013...more

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