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Cybersecurity Monday: Who Is Shopping for Your Data?

At this time of year, everyone is shopping for a good bargain. And with “Cyber Monday,” the internet has become the place to go for the best deals. The shift to online and cloud-based information systems and data storage has...more

Deputy Treasury Secretary Discusses Cybersecurity Checklist for Banks

Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Raskin, who recently spoke at the Texas Bankers’ Association Executive Leadership Cybersecurity Conference, provided bank executives and boards some guidance on preventing, preparing for and...more

Views on Data Security Readiness

Hacking breaches continue to push companies into the unwelcome public spotlight to defend their corporate data security practices—including recently the cyberattack on Sony Entertainment Corp. (13 PVLR 2062,...more

Inspector General’s Report Criticizes the Department of Homeland Security for Inadequate Privacy Policies and Controls

On November 14, 2014, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a report critical of the agency’s performance in protecting personally identifiable information (PII) and...more

Privacy Tuesday - November 2014 #2

Here are three privacy stories to start your week - 1. Dear “financial institution” : how is your data security?! Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) announced (press release) that on November 18 the Senator...more

‘Going Postal’ Over Data Breach Response: Union Files Failure-to-Bargain Charge With NLRB Against USPS

As recent high-profile cyberattacks have demonstrated, employers have a duty to protect their employees’ electronically stored personal information from being accessed by hackers, and to promptly remedy any breach in security...more

Investment Management Update - Focus on Data Privacy and Cybersecurity [Video]

Pepper partners Gregory J. Nowak and Angelo A. Stio III discussed data privacy and cybersecurity issues for investment funds during a recent webinar for West LegalEdcenter. This podcast is a recording of their...more

FDA Flunks Data Security Exam

Last week, the HHS Office of Inspector General released a damning report on FDA’s data security: “The objective of this review was to determine whether the FDA’s network and external Web applications were vulnerable to...more

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Another year has passed and we again welcome October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It seems a bit dismissive to have only one month dedicated to cybersecurity awareness given the magnitude and number of...more

Health Care E-Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - Doctors, Insurers Critical of Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - Health Spending Expected to Increase Modestly Over Next Decade - U.S. Hospitals Have Highest Administrative Costs...more

QATAR: Promulgating the Cybercrime Prevention Law

On 15 September 2014, Qatar’s Emir approved Law No. 14 of 2014, The Cybercrime Prevention Law (“Cybercrime Law”). Although it has not yet been published in Qatar’s Official Gazette, the text of the law was published in the...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

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

Community Health Systems' HIPAA Breach: Significant Lessons for Health Care and Non-Health Care Companies

On August 18, 2014, Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS) publicly confirmed, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (CHS filing), that its computer network was attacked between April and June 2014 by hackers...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

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

Hackers steal 1.2 billion passwords – 4 steps to take now

The New York Times reported this week that an organized Russian criminal group stole approximately 1.2 billion user name and password credentials associated with more than 500 million email addresses from hundreds of...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

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

Court Certifies Interlocutory Appeal for the FTC v. Wyndham Matter

This blog previously discussed various aspects of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) action filed against Wyndham Worldwide Corp. (“Wyndham”) under Section 5 of the FTC Act, which prohibits “unfair and deceptive acts or...more

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