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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

FBI Issues Flash Alert on Apache Struts Vulnerability - The Apache Struts vulnerability has been mentioned frequently in the media over the past month, as it is believed to have been involved in one of the largest and most...more

SEC’s Chairman Makes Changes After the Agency’s Latest Cyber-Attack

by Burr & Forman on

The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has been busy the last couple months on the cyber front. On September 20, the SEC announced a renewed focus on cybersecurity efforts and disclosed that it had been a victim of a...more

The SEC Gets Hacked: What Now?

by Nossaman LLP on

It was recently revealed that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) EDGAR database, which is used by public companies to file official documents, was breached. According to the SEC, trading off of that hacked...more

SEC Brings Fraud Action Against ICO Creator

In its first lawsuit targeting Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against the creator of the ICOs marketed as “REcoin” and “DRC.” The action, filed in the...more

SEC and States Are Upping Their Cyber Game, Are You Doing the Same?

September 2017 saw no respite from the relentless pace of cyber developments, not only from the perspective of rapidly evolving attacks, but also from the perspective of dynamic federal and state regulatory moves. In...more

OCIE Lessons From Cybersecurity 2 Initiative

by Carlton Fields on

On August 7, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert containing observations from its Cybersecurity 2 Exam Initiative. As a follow-up to the 2014 Cybersecurity 1 initiative, the...more

SEC Cyber Unit & Task Force

With increased attention to how securities laws may apply to digital token sales and the disruptive nature of increased cyber threats to the investor community, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) last week announced...more

Funds Talk: October 2017 - SEC Report Highlights Financial Firms’ Cybersecurity Improvements and Shortcomings

On Aug. 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a risk alert summarizing the results of its second cybersecurity preparedness examination. ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Yahoo—via new parent Verizon Communications—has officially tripled its estimate of the number of accounts affected by its 2013 cyber hack, putting the total at a staggering 3 billion (aka, all of them)....more

SEC Chairman Testifies About SEC’s Direction And 2016 Cyberattack

On September 26, 2017, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton testified before the Senate’s Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee regarding the direction of the SEC under his Chairmanship. He also took the opportunity to address the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Travis is still kicking around at Uber, and he made that quite clear late last week by using his “outsize voting rights” to name two directors to the 8-member board ahead of a vote to reduce Kalanick’s voting power at the...more

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