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Will Big Cyber Hacks Cause The SEC To Issue New Guidelines?

by Ifrah PLLC on

Following a change of heart from a top Securities and Exchange Commission regulator, public companies will likely soon face new guidelines for how they report cybersecurity breaches to investors. SEC Corporate Finance...more

SEC Cyber Unit Increases Efforts to Regulate Crypto-Currency

by Nossaman LLP on

Based on how 2017 ended, entities and individuals in the crypto-currency markets should expect increased scrutiny from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in 2018. The SEC’s Cyber Unit commenced its...more

Episode 20 -- Data Security and Privacy

by Michael Volkov on

Companies face increasing challenges from management and protection of data from hackers and breaches of sensitive commercial and personal data.  Recent headlines have underscored the threats to companies from such breaches. ...more

Score One for Employers: One Illinois Appellate Court’s Pre-Holiday Gift to Companies Facing Lawsuits Alleging Violations Under...

by Clark Hill PLC on

Over the past year, the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA” or the “Act”) has exceeded sixty. A majority of these lawsuits have been filed against...more

CyberSECurity – The SEC Increases Data and System Protection Work

by Locke Lord LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is at the center of the current day “cyber storm” of data and system protection, both as a victim and as a regulator. According to an SEC director, “[c]yber-related threats and...more

HIPAA Enforcement Update

by Locke Lord LLP on

With respect to enforcement, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced two Settlement Agreements to resolve allegations of HIPAA violations between May and October of 2017. Neither...more

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: International Law and Cyber Warfare

Editors’ Note: This is the seventh in a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year. Previous installments include analyses of HIPAA compliance, emerging...more

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Financial Institutions and the SEC

Editors’ Note: This is the eighth in a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year. Previous installments include analyses of HIPAA compliance, emerging...more

Early Adopter—Vanguard Announces Plan to Utilize Blockchain Technology

Top mutual fund firm The Vanguard Group, Inc. unveiled a plan last week to incorporate blockchain smart contract technology into some of its indexing operations beginning early next year. Vanguard’s initiative will be carried...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Attack of the State AGs. On December 12, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and 16 other state attorneys general (State AGs) sent a letter to President Trump arguing that past statements by Mick...more

Cybersecurity Guidance on SEC Horizon

In a push for increased cybersecurity vigilance, the Securities and Exchange Commission indicated its plans to amend existing data security guidance, including the reporting of data breaches....more

Spokeo Standing in 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

With the year ending, and McGuireWoods’s webinar next week on class actions’ Hot Issues of 2017 approaching, this seems like a good time to take note of a few of the trends we have seen arising in class actions over the last...more

FINRA Releases Report On Examination Program Observations

by King & Spalding on

On December 6, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued a report describing findings and observations from its member firm examination program (the “Report”)....more

Blog: Cybersecurity Risk Disclosure Remains At Relatively Low Levels, But For How Long?

by Cooley LLP on

Even though, in the wake of recent events, cybersecurity is a very hot topic, only 38% of U.S. public companies cite cybersecurity as a risk factor in their annual and quarterly SEC filings, according to a recent study from...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - December, 2017

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Is Your Startup Prepared for the GDPR? - During last month’s QuickLaunch University webinar, Partners Dr. Martin Braun and Dave Gammell discussed data privacy...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 16

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - United States and China Renew Promise Not to Hack - On October 4, U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to not engage in targeted hacking. Per a...more

SEC Releases FY 2017 Enforcement Results: Maintaining Focus on Individual Accountability and Investment Advisers

Last night, the SEC announced its enforcement results for the Fiscal Year 2017, accompanied by a report from the Co-Directors of its Division of Enforcement. While the total number of actions was down slightly from 2016, the...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 8

Sales of VIX-Linked ETPs – Back to Basics for FINRA - FINRA used a misselling case to remind member firms of certain fundamentals, including the importance of implementing a new product approval process, reasonable...more

SEC Cyber Watch: Finally, New Guidelines for Breach Disclosures?

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has signaled that it expects to issue updated guidelines on reporting cybersecurity incidents. “I think this issue is important enough, wide-ranging enough that we should tackle...more

SEC Enforcement Division Priorities Pertaining to Retail Investors and Cybersecurity

by Dechert LLP on

In a keynote speech to the Securities Enforcement Forum on October 26, 2017, U.S. SEC Division of Enforcement (Division) Co-Director Stephanie Avakian emphasized the protection of retail investors and cybersecurity as...more

Standing Only Gets You So Far. Scottrade Offers Tactics To Win The Data Breach Class Action War

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

A recent skirmish about standing in data breach class actions (this time in the Eighth Circuit), involving securities and brokerage firm Scottrade, suggests that, even if plaintiffs win that limited question, there are other...more

SEC’s Most Recent Cybersecurity Move: What Registered Investment Advisors Need to Know

by Polsinelli on

As public concern over data security grows in the wake of the Equifax data breach, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is increasing its scrutiny of registered investment advisors (RIAs). In turn, RIAs should...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - October 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Propsed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Extends No-Action Relief on Auditor Independence and the “Loan Provision” - On September 22, 2017, the staff of the SEC’s...more

CSA Comment on Registrants’ Cybersecurity and Social Media Practices

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have published Staff Notice 33-321 Cyber Security and Social Media (Staff Notice 33-321), which summarizes survey results of registered firms’ cybersecurity and social media...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 13 October 2017 – 19 October 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

BREXIT - Please see the Financial Crime section for an update on the new Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill which is presently being considered by the UK Parliament in preparation for Brexit. TheCityUK publishes...more

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