Data Sharing

France Moves to Stop Data Sharing with US

Under the CLOUD Act, companies registered in the United States are obligated to share with U.S. authorities data belonging to foreign entities. France’s top cybersecurity official, Guillaume Poupard is working to stop that practice.  Poupard, who is the director general of ANSSI–France’s cybersecurity agency–wants to stop cloud providers like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google from sharing…
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Data Security

The Impact of Data Security Incident Trends on Commercial Transactions

The 2021 edition of BakerHostetler’s annual Data Security Incident Response Report – a report based on the firm’s experience with data security incident response and litigation over the past year – features a number of important insights previously covered on this blog including trends in global breach notification, healthcare industry risks and ransomware. The Report is a helpful tool for companies…
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Cybersecurity

How Federal Agencies are Approaching Cybersecurity Training Programs

Due in part to priorities being set by the Biden administration, many government organizations are taking steps to emphasize the importance of cybersecurity. A big part of that means implementing training programs as ways to better handle cybersecurity threats, and a handful of proposed legislations aims to do just that. With cybersecurity becoming a national…
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Cybersecurity

How Cybersecurity Frameworks Can Protect Your Organization (Even in the Event of a Breach)

It’s certainly no secret how damaging data breaches can be for organizations today. And if lost revenue and a tarnished reputation aren’t enough to make you want to act, your organization could face punitive damages if you fail to protect your customers’ private information. Yes, that’s right—steep fines imposed by regulatory agencies can await those…
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SEC

SEC Doubles Down on Safeguards Rule Enforcement

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued sanctions against three financial services companies last week. The sanctions came in response to a series of email-takeover attacks in which Personally Identifiable Information (PII) was exposed.  In each case, the SEC found that the firms failed to implement proper cybersecurity measures against breaches. Each firm was found responsible…
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Data Privacy

New Data Protection Agencies are Forthcoming

When we think about data privacy legislation, we usually think about rules, regulations, guidelines and best practices. However, not every data privacy bill on the Senate floor is concerned with telling businesses how to handle their data. A handful of legislators are proposing internal structural changes within government to better-regulate the morphing issues of data…
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Cybersecurity

The 3 Biggest Mistakes the Board can Make around Cybersecurity

Although the topic of cybersecurity is now definitely on the board’s agenda in most organizations, it is rarely a fixed item. More often than not, it makes appearances at the request of the Audit & Risk Committee or after a question from a non-executive director, or – worse – in response to a security incident…
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Pegasus

Pegasus and Privacy

Pegasus spyware, developed by the NSO Group, an Israeli company, has provoked the ire of journalists, privacy advocates, the EU, UN, and U.S. Congress following revelations that the software was used to monitor over 50,000 cell phone numbers from individuals across 50 countries. Export licenses for this military-grade software must be approved by the Israeli…
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Data Privacy Bills

Three Data Privacy Bills to Watch

Staying on top of privacy legislation requires consistent effort. It’s overwhelming enough to keep track of the bills that do pass, but if you ignore proposed bills you risk being blindsided. Nobody wants to suddenly learn that they have insufficient time to adjust to a new piece of regulation. That being said, if keeping up…
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Cybersecurity

Infrastructure Bill Allocates Nearly $2 Billion to Cybersecurity 

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved a $1 trillion infrastructure package, which it has passed along to the House for approval. The package includes a variety of bills that allocate spending toward critical infrastructure, including roads, railways, bridges, electric vehicles, and telecom companies. The package also allocates more than $1.9 billion toward cybersecurity. The move…
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