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Target Files Motion to Dismiss Data Breach Lawsuit

By now, we all know about the massive data breach at national retailer Target over the 2013 holiday season. The cyber-attack was carried out by sophisticated criminal hackers, who allegedly gained access to Target’s network...more

Privacy Top Five: Issues And Concerns In The First Six Months Of The Apps

That is, on receiving the personal information from a third party, you must contact each individual whose personal information you have now “collected” and notify them of the mandatory matters specified in the APPs, if such...more

Massive Online Security Breach – Are You Reactive or Proactive?

A few weeks ago, a Russian cyber gang amassed around 1.2 billion user name and password credentials belonging to more than 500 million email addresses. This may be to date the largest cache of stolen data. The cyber gang...more

Board Oversight of Cybersecurity

Cyber-attacks on U.S. companies have increased over recent years resulting in significant costs to companies. According to surveys, U.S. companies have experienced a 42% increase between 2011 and 2012 in the number of...more

Survey Shows Cybersecurity Danger Worse than Most Retailers Think

There's a huge gap between retailers' perceptions and reality when it comes to cyberattacks and preventing data breaches, according to a new study from Dimensional Research and Tripwire. When asked how quickly their...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - August 2014

In This Issue: - Lawmakers Urge Fed to Clarify Emergency Lending Rules - CFPB Pushing Colleges to Be More Transparent in Bank Deals - Report Finds Reversal in Trend Toward Subprime Auto Loans - CFPB Concerned...more

Secret Service Raises Warning About Backoff POS Malware

The Secret Service, which investigates financial crimes, issued a security Alert on July 31, 2014, warning of malware named “Backoff” that was being used to steal payment card data from point-of-sale (POS) systems. The Alert...more

Weighing in – 1.2 Billion Usernames and Passwords. What, Me Worry About CyberSecurity?

Last month one of our lead articles was Cyber Security: Forewarned is Fair-Warned. Last week the New York Times published an article reporting that at least 1.2 billion usernames and passwords were hacked by a Russian...more

Cybersecurity: How well are Latin American banks protected against cyber attacks?

Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor asked Marcela Cristina Blanco, associate attorney in Diaz Reus’ Bogota, Colombia office: How Well Do Latin American Banks Protect Against Cyber Attacks?...more

FBI Warning to Health Care Sector Holds True

In April of this year, the FBI issued a Private Industry Notification (PIN) to the health care industry warning of the “likely increase [in] cyber intrusions against health care systems.” In the same month, and into June of...more

The Inevitable Cyber Break In: Are You Protected?

The prevalence of cyber data breach over the years has not only grown in number, but has also grown in size. Perhaps the most well-known example of a large-scale data breach is that suffered by Target Corp. occurring at the...more

Russian Crime Ring Possesses Mass Quantities of Stolen Online Information

With recent reports that a Russian crime ring may have stolen the largest collection of online data — including 1.2 billion username and password combinations—effective data security is more critical than ever for all...more

What Companies Can Do to Protect Themselves in the Face of Yet Another Massive Data Breach

Last week it was reported that a small group of Russian computer hackers illegally obtained an unprecedented quantity of internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations, and over 500 million...more

How Are You Affected By The Recent Massive Data Breach?

As you have probably seen, it was announced on Tuesday, August 5th, that usernames and passwords from 1.2 billion Internet accounts from over 420,000 websites were stolen by a criminal organization in Russia. According to...more

Cyber and Data Security and Privacy Liability: The Problem Isn’t Going Away. Get Out in Front of the Problem By Insuring Your...

On August 6, 2014, the New York Times – and other media outlets – reported that a Russian crime ring had amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet data – a cache of at least 1.2 billion user name and password...more

SEC Commissioner Highlights Need for Cyber-Risk Management in Speech at New York Stock Exchange

As we’ve previously reported, cyber risks are an increasingly common risk facing businesses of all kinds. In a recent speech given at the New York Stock Exchange, SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar emphasized that cybersecurity...more

Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014 Introduced in Bi-Partisan Effort to Protect Businesses From Cyber Security Threats

On July 29, 2014, North Carolina Congressman George Holding introduced the Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014, H.R. 5233, which seeks to create a private federal remedy for victims of trade secret theft. Representative...more

Senate Intelligence Committee Approves Cybersecurity Bill

The Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8th voted 12-3 to approve a cybersecurity bill authored by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). S. 2588, the...more

Using Words To Battle Cyber Losses

Words matter when it comes to cybersecurity. With security concerns dominating today’s corporate planning from the Board on down, the CIO often comes in as a technical expert, providing an analysis of the threat...more

OCC Report Highlights Risks Linked to Evolving Cyberthreats

According to the latest semi-annual risk report issued by the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), new methods of money laundering and a growth in both the volume and sophistication of electronic banking fraud...more

New Mandatory Exclusions in Standard CGL Policies Limit Coverage for Data Breaches

The insurance industry continues to respond to the growing threat of data breaches by directing businesses facing that risk towards new, risk-specific cyber insurance products, while attempting to restrict coverage for data...more

PCAOB Focuses on Cybersecurity at Standing Advisory Group Meeting

Panelists at the PCAOB’s June 25 Standing Advisory Group Meeting discussed cybersecurity and the potential implications for financial reporting and auditing. Some of the highlights from the panel include the following...more

The Admiral Sets A Good Course

Admiral Mike Rogers, the new leader of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command at the Defense Department, certainly has taken a different approach from his predecessor, General Keith Alexander. Right out of the gate,...more

Cybersecurity—There Is an App for That!

Many of our readers and those active in cybersecurity have been following ThreatWatch from Nextgov. This highly informative site provides a daily snapshot of the data breaches impacting organizations and individuals on a...more

DOJ and FTC’s Cybersecurity Policy Statement Should Ease Antitrust Nerves

Several recent and well-publicized cyberattacks have increased the visibility of their threat to businesses’ private financial information and customers’ personal information. The increased attention has also led companies...more

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