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Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - February 2018 #3

As of February 15, 2018, banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions and licensees regulated by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) are required to file their first certification of...more

Privacy Tip #126 – Employee Training and Education Continues to be “Best” Cyberdefense

It is a myth that employees hate training and education. I have seen it with my own eyes. It is very exciting to watch an audience visibly cover their mouths when real life stories are told about cyber-attacks and phishing...more

New York’s Landmark Cybersecurity Regulation Amendment Proposed, Deadlines Looming

On February 15, 2018, banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions and licensees regulated by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) will be required to file their first certification of...more

Fresenius Pays OCR $3.5M for Five Separate Data Breaches Affecting a Total of 521 Individuals

In the first settlement for HIPAA violations in 2018, Fresenius Medical Care North America (Fresenius) has agreed to pay $3.5 million to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to settle allegations against it relating to five data...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - February 2018 #2

Cisco is warning customers using its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software about a virtual private network (VPN) bug that could "allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a reload of the affected system or to...more

MA AG Launching Online Data Breach Reporting Portal

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey recently announced that her office will be launching a new online data breach reporting portal for companies to use to report data breaches to her office pursuant to the...more

Privacy Tip #125 – Check + Set LinkedIn Privacy Settings

It is well known that hackers and fraudsters surf Facebook to find individuals who have not protected their information through Facebook’s privacy settings. People put a lot of information on Facebook that is very personal...more

Cisco Warns of VPN Bug

Cisco is warning customers using its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software about a VPN bug that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a reload of the affected system or to remotely execute code” and...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - February 2018

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. notified its electronic medical record customers last week that a ransomware attack was behind the disruption of service for medical providers. Please see full Publication below for...more

Oklahoma State Hack Compromises Half a Million Records

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSUCHS) has notified 279,865 patients that their protected health information may have been compromised as a result of a hacking incident....more

Class Action Suit Filed Against Allscripts for Ransomware Attack

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. notified its electronic medical record customers last week that a ransomware attack was behind the disruption of service for medical providers....more

Privacy Tip #124 – FTC Alerts Consumers to Social Security Administration Scammers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a scam alert this week notifying consumers that it has received an up-tick in complaints that scammers are calling consumers claiming they are from the Social Security Administration....more

NIST Issues Blockchain Technology Report to Help Businesses “Make Good Decisions” About Using Blockchain

On January 24, 2018, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued its “Draft NIST Interagency Report 8202 Blockchain Technology Overview” which it announced as NIST’s “Report on Blockchain Technology Aims...more

European Commission Releases GDPR Guidance

All privacy professionals, whether in the EU or the U.S., need to have an understanding of the implications of General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) compliance, particularly since the fines and penalties that could be...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #4

A new report issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF) called “Global Risks Report 2018,” lists the threat of cyber-warfare and cyber-attacks affecting the public as the world’s third greatest threat in 2018, only behind...more

Privacy Tip #123 – Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

Who knew—but yes, next week is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. How sad is it that we have to have a week devoted to education and awareness on this topic? ...more

Cyber-attacks are the Third Greatest Global Risk in 2018

A new report issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF), called “Global Risks Report 2018,” lists the threat of cyber-warfare and cyber-attacks affecting the public as the world’s third greatest threat in 2018, only behind...more

Hancock Health Hit with Ransomware That Shuts Down Network

It has been predicted that the healthcare industry will continue to be lambasted with ransomware in 2018. It has also been predicted that attackers will move from taking sensitive information hostage to sabotage, service...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #3

Think Tank Says Nuclear Missiles Can be Inadvertently Launched Through Cyber-Attacks - Just before the false alarm in Hawaii last weekend when residents were erroneously warned of an impending missile attack, think tank...more

Think Tank Says Nuclear Missiles Can be Inadvertently Launched Through Cyber-Attacks

Just before the false alarm last weekend in Hawaii when residents were erroneously warned of an impending missile attack, think tank Chatham House issued a report stating that it had identified vulnerabilities in nuclear...more

Privacy Tip #122 – What’s Up with WhatsApp’s Security Flaws?

WhatsApp has been applauded for adding end-to-end encryption on its platform to secure conversations of its users two years ago. But encryption has its challenges, despite its security posture....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #2

Health Care Organizations Saw an 89% Increase in Ransomware in 2017 - Our experience last year is consistent with the conclusion of a new report issued by Cryptonite in its 2017 Health Care Cyber Research Report—that the...more

Customs and Border Patrol Issue New Rules for Searching Devices at Borders

We previously reported that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have been stopping U.S. citizens at the borders of the United States and demanding passwords for access to mobile devices. According to CBP, 19,051 mobile...more

Initial Coin Offerings and Cryptocurrencies Will be a Priority for FINRA in 2018

In a ten page letter that previews the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) priorities for 2018, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and transactions involving cryptocurrencies....more

Health Care Organizations Saw an 89 percent Increase in Ransomware in 2017

Our experience last year is consistent with the conclusion of a new report issued by Cryptonite in its 2017 Health Care Cyber Research Report—that the number of hacking events targeted at health care entities involving...more

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