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Energy Industry Target of Cyber-Attacks and Congressional Efforts to Bolster Security

Cybersecurity of the electric power grid and energy sector as a whole has been the subject of heightened Congressional attention given the integral role the industry plays in our economy. According to a 2015 U.S. Senate committee report, nearly one-third of reported cyber-attacks involve the energy sector. Not surprisingly, the 114th Congress (2015-2016) has introduced … Continue reading

Federal Cybersecurity Legislation Moving Quickly, But Is It In the Wrong Direction?

By:  Marcus Lee and Omari Sealy Federal cybersecurity legislation seeking to establish a national standard for data protection and breach response is quickly working its way through the legislative process.  The bipartisan bill, formerly known as the Data Security And Breach Notification Act of 2015 (hereafter “cybersecurity bill”), was introduced into the U.S. Senate on April … Continue reading »

An Early Christmas Present for Consumers? Court Rules that Retailers Can Be Liable to Banks Arising from Data Breaches.

by Privacy & Data Security Members Karin McGinnis & Robert Sumner Cyber-Monday sales weren’t the only good thing that happened for consumers this week.  Later in the week a federal judge in Minnesota thwarted Target’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by banks and credit unions arising out of the massive data breach last year.  … Continue reading »

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Apple Strengthens Privacy Protections

Apple recently changed its privacy policy which has made headlines – it will no longer unlock iPhones and iPads for law enforcement.  Prior to this change, Apple would assist law enforcement in unlocking Apple devices when presented with a valid subpoena or court order. According to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, the company attempts to avoid … Continue reading »

Social Media Password Protection: Where are we now?

In just two years, social media password protection has gone from a privacy advocate’s dream to an employer’s harsh reality in many states.  Maryland became the first state (in 2012) to enact legislation that prevented employers from requesting the user names or passwords to an employee’s or applicant’s personal social media accounts.  Three states quickly … Continue reading »

MVA Seminar – Preventing and Responding to a Cybersecurity Event from the Legal and Technical Perspectives: NIST Cybersecurity Framework

PREVENTING AND RESPONDING TO A CYBERSECURITY EVENT FROM THE LEGAL AND TECHNICAL PERSPECTIVES: NIST CYBERSECURITY FRAMEWORK (MARCH 27, 2014, SPEAKERS – TODD TAYLOR, KARIN MCGINNIS, SERGE JORGENSEN): With our guest speaker Serge Jorgensen of the Sylint Group, we looked at cybersecurity protections and responses from the perspective of an IT/cybersecurity expert and from the legal perspective. We discussed the National … Continue reading »

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