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Department of Homeland Security & Cyber Governance: It Starts at the Top

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) top privacy official said today that a “clear mandate” from top management is the foundation of an organization’s ability to establish and implement an effective data security...more

Best in Law: Data Security and the Inside Job

If you are a business owner in the Inland Empire, what would you identify as the greatest threat to the security of your data? Is it hackers looking for credit-card numbers? Could it be foreign governments stealing industrial...more

Cloud Computing in the Financial Services Sector – the UK FCA Gets On-Message

It’s been a long wait but the UK’s financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has published proposed guidance for UK-regulated financial services firms when using cloud computing solutions to...more

Private equity firms: In the line of antitrust fire?

There was a time when private equity firms may have seen themselves as arms-length financial investors but regulators are increasingly holding them responsible for the behaviour of their portfolio companies. A new type...more

Advanced Cyber Security Center Panel Explores Reasonableness in Cybersecurity

I had the pleasure of moderating an excellent panel at the Advanced Cyber Security Center’s annual conference on November 4. The panel’s topic for discussion was “What is Reasonable in Cybersecurity: Responsibility and...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - SEC Decides Against Mounting an Appeal in Koch Ruling - The July 2015 ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court in Koch v. SEC will apparently not be challenged by the SEC. The Court ruled in that...more

Whistleblower Risk for Private Companies: Misperceptions About Whistleblower Protections Could Cost Private Companies

Sarbanes Oxley made it clear: publicly traded companies must protect whistleblowers from retaliation, or face large fines and legal actions. Yet a widely misunderstood ruling last year by the Supreme Court opened up...more

Cybersecurity and Risk Management: “Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers”

A timely new resource for business executives, technology professionals, and lawyers alike is the newly-published Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers from the New York...more

Big Data in Human Resources = Big Decisions for HR Pros

Big data, data analytics, talent analytics, HR analytics, people analytics. There are many names to describe the use of data science in human resources, and as the list grows, the promise of this technology continues to...more

Data Breaches Are Not Academic: Colleges and Universities Should Take Appropriate Steps To Avoid or at Least Minimize Their...

Data breaches at colleges and universities are on the rise. These institutions are targets because their networks have access to a large amount of private information, including educational and medical records, as well as...more

Who is Stealing Your Trade Secrets? An Overview of Key Threats

Every company has trade secrets – for some, they may be special manufacturing processes, for other organizations, trade secrets could include product formulae, customer lists, software code or marketing strategies. The more...more

Wearable Technology: Rewards and Risks

Wearables will soon be everywhere. They’ll be on our wrists, around our waists, arms, and fingers, in our shoes, and embedded in our uniforms. Wearable technology promises great things for employers, but like all technology...more

Medical Device Cybersecurity: Maybe Dick Cheney Was Not So Paranoid After All

Dick Cheney famously disclosed a few years ago that he had the wireless function of his pacemaker disconnected while he was Vice President because he was concerned that hackers might fiddle with the device remotely and do him...more

In FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide, Third Circuit Upholds FTC Authority to Enforce Flawed Cybersecurity Measures

In a much anticipated decision, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce actions against companies who have been subject to a data breach. The FTC sued...more

Hacking Your Health: For Healthcare Providers, Risk Analysis Must Be Ongoing

Healthcare providers would be wise to keep in mind that if a patient is harmed by a hacked medical device, Exhibit A in the negligence suit against them may be that provider’s risk analysis, or lack thereof....more

Privacy Commissioners Issue Joint Guidance on Bring Your Own Device Programs

An organization’s information can be put at risk when staff begin to bring their own devices and use them in the workplace. As a result, in such cases, an organization should consider adopting an appropriate “bring your own...more

Be Alert Asia Pacific: Employment Law Newsletter: Top Tips for Employers: Cyber Risks and Fraud

Cyber risk is becoming a growing concern amongst businesses and institutions. Data breaches and hacking have been problematic among some sectors, predominantly financial services, for some time. These risks are now often...more

7th Circuit Opens Door to Data Breach Class Actions

On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit issued an opinion that could dramatically change the class action landscape for companies that are victims of hackers. In Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Gp., the 7th...more

Breaking Down Compliance: The Keys to Creating a Successful Compliance Program—As Told through the Letters of COMPLIANCE

Still being a young role and profession, many people are working to define what makes a successful compliance professional and program, and what can help them improve. After traveling the country for the past few months at...more

Profile of a Malicious Insider: Top Warning Signs

How are your company’s crown jewels – trade secrets, digital assets and the like – most likely to be compromised? Although coverage in the media would suggest that nation states or competitors are most likely to be the...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

Encouraging Employees to Break the “Rules” to Do the Right Thing

Laws and regulations draw black lines in often-gray areas. That is their purpose; they exist to make it easier to tell what is “wrong” and what is “right” (as defined by whoever made the law). The U.S. government has...more

Four Security Gaps Cybercriminals Exploit in Your Business's Digital Storefront

Symantec, the American IT security company, recently released its 2015 Internet Security Threat Report that summarizes the number and types of threats and vulnerabilities seen in 2014. The report also analyzes trends and...more

Criminal Cyberattacks: The No. 1 Cause of Health Care Data Breaches in 2014

A new study released on May 7, 2015, by the Ponemon Institute revealed that criminal cyberattacks on health care organizations were the most prevalent cause of data breaches in 2014. The report underscores the need to think...more

New Guidance from the SEC: Cyber Security Best Practices

On April 28, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management (the “Division”) issued a Guidance Update to investment and fund advisers on the topic of improving cyber security. While it...more

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