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Tethered Drone Operator’s Part 107 Waiver Granted by FAA

A Columbus, Ohio based company, CivitasNow, has just become the second company ever (CNN was the first) to be granted a Part 107 waiver to fly drones over people by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). ...more

Locky Ransomware Variant Difficult to Detect

We previously warned readers about the Locky ransomware, which is potent and designed to use phishing emails to lure users to click on links and attachments, including pdfs....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - November 2017 #3

We previously warned readers about the Locky ransomware, which is potent and designed to use phishing emails to lure users to click on links and attachments, including pdfs. Now, researchers at Cylance have discovered...more

Data Security Top Concern for Higher Education IT Professionals

At its annual conference, EDUCAUSE announced that the issue that is at the top of the 2018 Top 10 IT Issues is data security. This is no surprise. It has been the top concern for the past three years....more

Privacy Tip #114 – Your Email May Have Been Hijacked and You Don’t Know It

A new study by Google, the University of California Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute has concluded that email users are being threatened by massive credential theft and phishing schemes are the...more

Data Breach Costs an Average of $3.6 Million

There have been a myriad of research studies attempting to come up with the “cost” of a data breach. The most recent, released by AT&T, estimates that it costs organizations $3.6 million to recover from a data breach....more

OCR Clarifies Privacy Rule for Sharing PHI on Opioid Overdoses

In the wake of the national opioid overdose crisis, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has provided clarification on when covered entities are permitted to disclose patient information during opioid emergencies....more

Maryland Data Breach Notification Law Updated: Effective 1/1/18

The Maryland Personal Information Protection Act has been updated and the new provisions are effective January 1, 2018. The new law expands the definition of personal information that is protected under the statute....more

CFPB Releases Principles for Financial Services Industry for Sharing Data

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau(CFPB) recently issued principles for the access and disclosure of sensitive date in the financial services industry. The CFPB referred to the guidelines as principles instead of...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - November 2017 #2

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law the Cyber Civilian Corps Act, which established the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps, dubbed MiC3. The corps has been in existence for three years but not statutorily deployed. ...more

Beazley Publishes Special Report on 2017 Healthcare Breaches

Beazley has published a report outlining data breaches in the first nine months of 2017. The report notes that the highest cause of a data breach in 2017 so far are unintended disclosures, which accounted for 41 percent of...more

Michigan Governor Establishes Cyber Civilian Corp.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law the Cyber Civilian Corps Act, which established the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps, dubbed MiC3, which has been in existence for three years, but not statutorily deployed....more

Privacy Tip #113 – Protect Seniors’ Personal Information

I just read an article about a nurse from Florida who was convicted of wire fraud, theft of government funds, possession of unauthorized access devices and aggravated identity theft....more

Hyatt and Bob Evans Face Class Action Biometric Suit Over Fingerprints

Hyatt Corp. was hit with a class action suit this week for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by collecting and storing employees’ fingerprints. This is the latest in a string of suits...more

Hilton Settles Data Breach Investigations with NY and VT AGs

Hilton Domestic Operating Co., Inc. (Hilton) has agreed to pay the New York and Vermont Attorneys General $700,000 to settle allegations that they violated those state consumer protection and data breach notification laws...more

Privacy Tip #112 – LG Releases IoT Software Update

Security researchers at Check Point discovered software vulnerabilities in LG IoT devices which allowed them to potentially gain control over LG refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers and a live feed from a robot vacuum cleaner. A...more

US-CERT Warns of New Ransomware: Bad Rabbit

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)is warning companies in the U.S. about a new ransomware dubbed “Bad Rabbit.” US-CERT stated that it has received multiple reports of infections by Bad Rabbit in countries...more

FAA Seeking to Quicken UAS Airspace Authorization Process

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently published notice in the Federal Register seeking permission to quicken authorizations for Part 107 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations in restricted areas. The FAA...more

DOT Announces Drone Pilot Program to Encourage Local and National Collaboration

President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to launch an initiative which will safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in...more

FAA Grants CNN Approval to Operate Drones Over People in the “Real World”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted CNN approval to operate drones over people in real-world conditions, which means that for the first time, drones will be allowed to fly over wide ranges of urban and...more

OCR Notified of Patient Records Stored in Psychiatrist’s Basement

Paper records continue to be problematic. An Illinois psychiatrist reported to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that the medical records of 10,500 patients were stored in the basement of a house that he rented to an...more

FERC Proposes New Cybersecurity Rules for Electric Grid

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed new rules to enhance cybersecurity for the electric grid in the U.S., which includes security management controls to specifically respond to risks associated with...more

Energy and Critical Infrastructure Industries Warned of Increased Attacks by FBI and DHS

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on October 20 warning of an increased danger of a malicious “multi-stage intrusion campaign” to critical infrastructure industries, including the energy...more

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