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Five Takeaways from the OCR Reminder on HIPAA Obligations In Ransomware Incidents

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Apparently prompted by the recent high-profile wave of ransomware attacks, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has reminded hospitals, healthcare systems, and other covered entities and...more

How Can Healthcare Organizations Prepare for the Next Cyberattack?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

HHS OCR issues checklist, iterative guidance in wake of WannaCry and Petya attacks; Anthem breach settlement provides additional lessons. Key Points: ..Healthcare organizations are particularly vulnerable to ransomware...more

Petya Global Ransomware Attack Shows Why Businesses Should Prepare for Loss or Unwanted Encryption of Key Data

by Lathrop Gage on

What is it? This new variation of Petya (“Little Peter” in Russian) is more robust ransomware than last month’s North Korean WannaCry ransomware. It has no kill switch, and it encrypts entire hard drives, not just individual...more

Preparing For and Responding to the Petya Ransomware Attack

While still reeling from last month’s WannaCry attack, organizations worldwide were hit with another global ransomware attack this week, June 27, 2017. The infection began inside the Ukraine but has quickly spread across four...more

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

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Since being appointed in April of 2015, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has consistently made cybersecurity a priority for her office. Ms. Galloway has focused on cybersecurity throughout all components of Missouri...more

HHS Publishes Health Care Cyber Attack Checklist

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

HHS has published a very brief guide, in the form of a checklist, to explain the steps for a HIPAA covered entity or business associate to take in response to a cyber related security incident. You can access the checklist at...more

Workplace Violence Occurring At Alarming Rate: Time For Employers To Be Proactive

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s a news headline we’ve seen too often, including several times in recent weeks: another disgruntled employee or former employee has entered the workplace and killed or injured coworkers. What can you do to minimize the...more

Malware Capable of Shutting Down Electric Grids Confirmed

by Hogan Lovells on

Malware was recently identified that appears to have been designed and deployed by a nation-state to target and shut down electric grids. According to published reports, this malware currently appears to be capable of...more

OCR Releases Checklist On What To Do Following A Cyber Attack

by Murtha Cullina on

Since the WannaCry ransomware virus spread rapidly across the globe, businesses, both large and small, are again focusing on cyber-security. In a previous bulletin, we detailed five things that a business can do to help...more

OCR Issues Checklist for Responding to Cyber-Attack

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released guidance entitled “My Entity Just Experienced a Cyber-attack! What Do We Do Now?” The Checklist is a practical tool for health care entities and outlines several steps to...more

Yet another Target settlement highlights data breach costs

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In what appears to be the closing act of the saga that is the Target data breach, on May 23 the retailer announced it had reached a settlement agreement with a coalition of 47 states’ attorneys general. Pursuant to the...more

Funds Talk: June 2017 - Incident Response Plans Form an Essential Part of Cybersecurity Frameworks

Cybersecurity has increasingly moved into the spotlight in recent years, with regulators and financial firms alike clambering to keep pace with rapidly changing demands as threats continue to evolve....more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2017

In this edition of our Privacy and Cybersecurity Update, we take a look at the Trump administration's executive order outlining its cybersecurity plans, Acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen's comments on the possible...more

Credit Card Breaches: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

For most retailers credit cards are the primary form of the payments that they receive. Accepting credit cards, however, carries significant data security risks and potential legal liability....more

WannaCry Global Ransomware Attack: What You Need to Know

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The WannaCry ransomware attack was first reported on Friday, May 12. Within hours, it shut down thousands of computer systems, locking users out of their own files. The latest report estimates over 300,000 computers in 150...more

Actions You Can Take to Protect Your Systems and Data from a Cyber Attack

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As a follow up to our cyber security alert from last week, preparing to protect against an event like the recent “WannaCry” global ransomware attack can include a range of IT, business operations and legal steps....more

WannaCry Ransomware Cyberattack Raises Legal Issues

by Morgan Lewis on

The recent cyberattack highlights the need for firms to engage in proactive prevention and protection. Ransomware (malware that encrypts data pending an extortion payment) is a recurring cyber threat that is growing more...more

Don't WannaCry: Ten Questions Boards and Company Management Can Ask in the Wake of Recent Ransomware Attacks

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The WannaCry ransomware attack that hit computers around the world last week is yet another reminder that computers play key roles in most enterprises, and that it does not take much to disable those computers. Questions...more

When “WannaCry” Strikes: Preparing for and Responding to the Largest Ransomware Attack in History

As many around the world were preparing for the Mother’s Day weekend, the WannaCry ransomware attack hit over 70,000 organizations in nearly 100 countries in just one day, Friday, May 12th. After the weekend, the attack had...more

WannaCry: What to Know and What to Do

by Snell & Wilmer on

On Friday, May 12, 2017, a malicious ransomware program known as WannaCry was discovered infecting computer systems all over the world. It set off alarms globally, and so far has infected over 200,000 computers across more...more

Global Cyber Attack Highlights Need for President Trump’s Executive Order

by Williams Mullen on

Many companies from around the globe are continuing their recovery efforts after a massive ransomware attack affected hundreds of thousands of computers across various industries and throughout several nations. Ransomware is...more

WannaCry Global Ransomware Attack Shows Why Businesses Should Prepare for Loss or Unwanted Encryption of Key Data

by Lathrop Gage on

“Oops, your files have been encrypted!” On Friday, May 12, 2017, employees around the world found this message on their computer screens. A massive cyberattack has used variants of the WannaCry ransomware program to infect...more

Global Ransomware Attack Update

We’ve been following the latest on the WannaCry ransomware attack that we first told you about over the weekend. A feared “second strike” did not materialize today, but victimized firms in over 100 countries are still...more

WannaCry: The Global Ransomware Attack

by Jones Day on

A new and widespread ransomware attack is affecting institutions around the world, with reports of hundreds of thousands of infections in nearly 150 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Russia,...more

Ransomware: How to Avoid It and What to Do If You Have Been Hit

by Perkins Coie on

Computer systems around the world have been impacted by the largest cyber-extortion attack in history. According to news reports, the “ransomware” attack hit more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries since it started on...more

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