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China Adopts the New National Security Law - a Top Legislative Effort to Control Cybersecurity

On 1 July 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, approved the new National Security Law of the People's Republic of China, the "New Law") which became effective on the same...more

Audit reveals U.S. Treasury Dept. security infrastructure is weak

An annual audit conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office of the Fiscal Service Bureau, identified (9) nine new information security weaknesses in the U.S. Treasury Department’s information systems that are used...more

Alleged Ringleader of Global Cybercrimes Extradited to United States to Face Charges

Today, the DOJ unsealed an eighteen-count indictment in Brooklyn, New York charging a Turkish citizen (Defendant) with organizing worldwide cyberattacks against at least three U.S. payment processors’ computer networks. The...more

Visa And MasterCard: Card Issuers May Disclose Breached Merchant Names

Credit union and other card issuers got clarification from Visa and MasterCard this month on when they are contractually permitted to disclose the identities of merchants involved in data breaches. In substantially similar...more

Laws Governing Data Security and Privacy – U.S. Jurisdictions at a Glance

The below chart constitutes a summary of the laws of various jurisdictions that govern data breach notifications...more

The War Against Cyber Threats: President Obama Ups the Ante

Focusing on overseas cyber threats, President Obama issued an Executive Order on April 1, 2015, which grants authorization to impose sanctions on individuals and entities engaged "in malicious cyber-enabled activities that...more

Cyber-Attacks: Threats, Regulatory Reaction and Practical Proactive Measures to Help Avoid Risks

I. Cybersecurity; Its Importance and Relevance – How We Got to Where We Are Today - In the past few months, the White House, Home Depot, JP Morgan, Hard Rock Hotels, Tesla, the St. Louis Federal Reserve, the Internal...more

NYDFS Report Foreshadows New Cyber Security Regulations

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has released a report entitled "Update on Cyber Security in the Banking Sector: Third Party Service Providers." The report details the findings of an October, 2014...more

Is Your Financial Institution the Next Target of a Cyber-Attack?

In This Presentation: - Regulatory expectations for financial institutions - Risks for financial institutions - Planning to reduce risks - The Breach - Duties and responsibilities -...more

The Next Examination Enforcement Wave— Cybersecurity Assessments?

Why it matters - The member banking agencies of the Office of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) will soon promulgate a “Cybersecurity Assessment Tool” for use by community banks after a pilot...more

Digital Privacy Act Modernizes PIPEDA

On June 18, 2015, significant portions of the Digital Privacy Act received Royal Assent. This Act, amends the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), and brings important certainty to how...more

Upcoming HIPAA Audits May Target Financial Institutions—Here’s How to Prepare

Much like a tornado watch, the conditions appear to be right for a coming storm: the upcoming Phase 2 HIPAA audits. The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun verifying contact...more

FINRA Fines Financial Firm for Failing to Encrypt Customer Data on Lost Laptop

Like other federal agencies exercising regulatory power in the data privacy and security arena, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is cracking down on firms that fail to meet required data security...more

Recent Investment Management Developments - June 2015

In This Issue: - SEC Proposes Changes to Reporting and Disclosure Obligations for Investment Companies and Advisers - SEC Charges Hedge Fund Executives and External Auditor for Improper Disclosure of Expense...more

Going for Brokerages: FINRA and SEC Take Aim at Deficient Cyber Policies and Practices

On Feb. 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) each released reports regarding cybersecurity issues for brokerage and advisory firms, both of which should be...more

Risky Business: Common Cyber Security Risks, Expensive Consequences

Large-scale data breaches have become increasingly common, bringing with them not only bad press and loss of customer goodwill, but serious monetary risk. New cyber security legislation enacted in multiple states, including...more

Industry Weighs In on Data Security, Cybersecurity Legislation

Industry Weighs In on Data Security, Cybersecurity Legislation: Why it matters - Members of the financial industry were able to share their positions and voice concerns at a recent hearing held by the House...more

Heartland Payment Systems suffers another data breach

Heartland Payment Systems suffered one of the largest breaches in history in 2008, when over 100 million credit and debit cards issued by hundreds of financial service companies were stolen from their payroll payment...more

FFIEC: Beware Cyber Attacks, Destructive Malware

Why it matters - In a pair of joint statements, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) cautioned financial institutions about cyber attacks compromising credentials and destructive malware. The...more

New 2015 Laws Update Data Breach and Identity Theft in Washington and Oregon - Both States Set New Requirements for Notifying...

Washington and Oregon both recently updated laws that define data security and incident response requirements for breaches of consumers’ personal information. Details of these new requirements for each state are...more

OCC Comptroller Discusses Emerging Payment Systems Technology and Cybersecurity, FFIEC Set to Release Cybersecurity Assessment...

On June 3, in prepared remarks delivered at the BITS Emerging Payments Forum, OCC Comptroller Thomas Curry advised that as financial institutions continue to develop payment systems, banks need better preparation for...more

Sally Beauty Reports 2nd Data Breach

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (Sally) confirmed that it has suffered a second data breach in the last year. On March 14, 2014, KrebsOnSecurity reported that credit cards stolen from Sally had gone up for sale on an Internet...more

Target and MasterCard settlement rejected

We previously reported on the efforts of Target to settle claims made by MasterCard and its issuers as a result of the infamous Target data breach. In order for the settlement of $19 million to reimburse banks and credit...more

Strategies For Businesses Protecting Electronic Data Within California

Businesses in California have a number of tools with which to fight off unauthorized intrusions into their electronic data whether perpetrated by employees, former employees, disreputable competitors or random hackers....more

Lost, Unencrypted Laptop Leads FINRA to Fine a Broker-Dealer $225,000 for Violating Reg S-P

With the recent focus by the SEC and FINRA on cybersecurity for broker-dealers and investment advisers as a backdrop, FINRA recently brought and settled an enforcement action under SEC Regulation S-P against broker-dealer...more

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