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Authorization Timing Key Factor in Recent HIPAA Violations

All entities covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) know that shielding protected health information from potential unauthorized disclosure needs to be a priority.

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New Cybersecurity Guidance for Issuers Following SEC Investigation

On October 16, 2018 the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an investigative report following investigations of nine public issuers who were victims of cyber fraud. 

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In Recent Record Settlement with Uber, State Attorneys General Issue Clear Message: Sweep a Breach Under the Rug and It Will Cost You

You don’t have to be a user of its ride-sharing services to know that in 2016, Uber was the victim of a massive data breach involving the theft of personal information belonging to about 57 million of its riders and drivers, including names, phone numbers, and driver’s license information.

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LabMD CEO to share his FTC enforcement battle stories with RIT Information Security Policy and Law class

This fall, I have the pleasure of teaching a course on Information Security Policy and Law at the Rochester Institute of Technology Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.  When I was asked to teach, I welcomed the opportunity, because the course is directed at graduate level cybersecurity students, who don’t often get exposure to the legal and regulatory side of the cybersecurity equation.

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Can All of Those State Data Breach Notifications Lead to More Data Breaches?

In an interesting IAPP article, Kelce Wilson, InfraGard General Counsel, describes how bad actors without any hacking expertise can potentially inject themselves into the middle of a data breach notification effort and engage in widespread identity theft. The other unanticipated consequence of data breach notification is this: with the trend toward public disclosure of data breach notification letters and statistics, more and more information is in the public domain about the types of data our organizations collect and whether or not we encrypt that data. Case in point, Massachusetts, where yearly Data Breach Notification Reports are available on-line. The 2018 Report shows data breaches reported to Massachusetts authorities this year.

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