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Bipartisan Panel to Issue Recommendations for Defending US Against Cyberattacks Early Next Year

A congressionally mandated commission plans to issue its recommendations for protecting the U.S. against cyberattacks early next year. The Cyberspace Solarium Commission — made...

SHIELD Act Overhauls New York’s Data Breach Notification Framework

New York’s new breach notification provisions came into effect last month, a result of the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (SHIELD Act). That overhauled New York’s data privacy framework, expanding the list of data elements that are considered “private information” while growing the types of incidents and covered entities that may trigger […]
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Marriott to Contest $124 Million Fine Imposed by UK Data Protection Regulator

Marriott International says it will fight a fine of £99 million (almost $124 million) proposed by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office as a penalty under the GDPR for a massive data breach that was discovered in 2018. According to the ICO statement of intent, “It is believed the vulnerability began when the systems of the […]
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18F for Cybersecurity? Tech Think Tank Wants Congress to Consider It

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has issued a “Tech Policy To-Do List” for Congress and the new administration, in which it recommends lawmakers create an 18F organization for cybersecurity. According to the foundation, a cyber 18F team would collaborate with other agencies on cyber issues and help address the government’s talent shortage by recruiting […]
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Proposed State Legislation Would Broaden Data Breach Protections

Proposed legislation in North Carolina would strengthen the state laws already in place to discourage data breaches and protect victims. The Act to Strengthen Identity Theft Protections would add ransomware attacks to the list of data breach types that businesses and government agencies are required to report, to both the attorney general and the affected […]
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New ABA Book Offers Advice to Law Firms on Preventing Cyber Attacks

The American Bar Association has published “Law Firm Cybersecurity,” a new resource providing tools for law firms to defend their networks against data breaches. Written by Daniel Garrie, senior partner and co-founder of Seattle-based Law & Forensics LLC, and Bill Spernow, a director with Law & Forensics in the Atlanta area, the guide provides an […]
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Cantwell Says White House Inexcusably Negligent on Cyber Issues

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) says the White House has ignored repeated warnings about its “inexcusable negligence” of the nation’s cybersecurity needs, which contributed to the recent resignation of eight members of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. “For months I have repeatedly raised concerns about President Trump’s lack of action with respect to preventing catastrophic cyberattacks against our […]
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Navy Taps 4 Firms for Marine Corps Cyber Command Training

The Navy has awarded four contracts for cyber and IT training for personnel in the Marine Corps Cyber Command. RavenTek, Onyx Consulting Services, CSR Group, and Ultimate Knowledge Corp. will provide basic and intermediate level courses, opportunity courses, and software training. More at Military Aerospace
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Health Data Security Tops HHS' List of Challenges

According to a new report to Congress, improving cybersecurity will be one of the top challenges facing the Department of Health and Human Services this year. The amount and complexity of data maintained by the department makes it harder to protect from hackers and from improper access by employees and contractors. HHS currently is conducting […]
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Standing Issues in Data Breach Litigation: An Overview

Priscilla Fasoro and Lauren Wiseman look at the standing requirements for plaintiffs in data breach litigation, observing that while the Supreme Court has addressed standing in several cases that potentially apply in this context, it has not addressed the question head-on. They review the case law on the subject, highlighting the difficulty of demonstrating that […]
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