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Ballard Spahr LLP: Windows XP Phaseout Raises Data Security Concerns For Financial Institutions
Posted on 8 Apr 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Mercedes Kelley Tunstall, John D. Socknat and Lauren McDermott Microsoft has announced that beginning April 8, 2014, its Windows XP operating system will no longer be updated with security patches. This announcement has critical data security implications... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: Congress on Cybersecurity: Recent Bill Limits Liability
Posted on 19 Aug 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Gerard G. Pecht , Peter A. Stokes , Mark Thomas Oakes , Utsav Mathur and Geraldine W. Young In the days leading up to its August 2014 recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a number of bills aimed at strengthening cybersecurity. Those... Read More

Student Data Protection in an Era of Education Technology Innovation
Posted on 12 Aug 2015 by Duane Morris LLP

Reaching a Congressional Consensus Will Likely Require Additional Deliberation As summarized in this Alert , the congressional proposals introduced thus far take very different approaches to addressing how to protect the privacy of student data. ... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Cybercrime is Growth Industry Estimated to be as Much as $575 Billion
Posted on 14 Aug 2014 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel A recent report estimates that the ”cost of cybercrime includes the effect of hundreds of millions of people having their personal information stolen—incidents in the last year include more than 40 million people in the... Read More

47 State AGs Ask Congress to Preserve Their Authority to Investigate Data Breaches
Posted on 9 Jul 2015 by Troutman Sanders

by Siran S. Faulders , Steve D. Rosenthal and C. Reade Jacob, Jr. On July 7, 47 state attorneys general signed onto a multistate letter to the U.S. Congress emphasizing the importance of maintaining states’ authority to enforce data breach and... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Cybercrime is Getting Worse – 5 Reasons
Posted on 14 Aug 2014 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel On the heels of the recent report that cybercrime is a $575 billion growth industry , Infoworld pointed out “that amount of crime has persisted for a long time, well before the Internet.” The article included these 5 reasons... Read More

The Status of EMV
Posted on 7 Oct 2015 by Dykema

by Jacqueline M. Allen The October 1, 2015, deadline for merchants to become EMV compliant or potentially face increased liability has come and gone. Yet, a significant number of both card issuers and merchants have not yet made the switch. EMV... Read More

Needed Now: Experienced and Talented Cybersecurity Professionals to Protect Government Data Systems
Posted on 15 Jul 2015 by Foley & Lardner LLP

The announcement on June 4th of a massive cybersecurity attack that compromised data stored on Office of Personnel Management (OPM) systems for 4.2 million current and former federal employees is the most recent head-smacking report of how porous the... Read More

Data Breaches Still on the Rise in the U.S.
Posted on 5 May 2014 by State Net

by Korey Clark A massive breach of credit card account information five years ago was considered a wake-up call for retail businesses and financial services companies around the globe. But while that call appears to have been heeded in much of the... Read More

States and Congress Differ on Security-Breach Regulation
Posted on 14 Aug 2015 by State Net

by Korey Clark Nearly every state in the country has passed a law requiring private or government entities to notify individuals about security breaches involving their personal information. And states have been toughening those laws in recent years... Read More

Cyber(in)security: The Perils of Preserving Customer Data
Posted on 25 Feb 2014 by Real Law Editorial Team

“Be Prepared” is one of the world’s most enduring mottos. It has been used, with international and organizational variations, by millions of Boy Scouts—and later Girl Guides and Girl Scouts—for over a century . But like... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: Massive Hacking Operation Further Reveals Weakness Of Passwords
Posted on 12 Aug 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By the Privacy and Data Security Group A small private cybersecurity firm recently revealed that a Russian computer hacking organization amassed more than 1.2 billion username and password combinations. The data was collected across a wide swath of... Read More

47 State AGs Ask Congress to Preserve Their Authority to Investigate Data Breaches
Posted on 9 Jul 2015 by Doug Esten

by Siran S. Faulders , Steve D. Rosenthal and C. Reade Jacob, Jr. On July 7, 47 state attorneys general signed onto a multistate letter to the U.S. Congress emphasizing the importance of maintaining states’ authority to enforce data breach and... Read More