“Cybersecurity” has emerged as one of top risks facing organizations. Considering the steady stream of massive data breaches affecting millions (sometimes billions), the debilitating effects of ransomware on an organization’s information systems, the intrigue of international threat actors, and the mobilization and collaboration of national law enforcement to thwart these attacks, it’s no wonder. Notions

On February 28, 2024, President Biden issued an Executive Order (EO) seeking to protect the sensitive personal data of Americans from potential exploitation by particular countries. The EO acknowledges that access to Americans’ “bulk sensitive personal data” and United States Government-related data by countries of concern can, among other things:

…fuel the creation and refinement

For healthcare providers and health systems covered by the privacy and security regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI) likely triggers obligations to notify affected individuals, the federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR), potentially the media and other entities. The breach also may require

To celebrate Data Privacy Day (January 28), we present our top ten data privacy and cybersecurity predictions for 2024.

  1. AI regulations to protect data privacy.

Automated decision-making tools, smart cameras, wearables, and similar applications, powered by technology commonly referred to as “artificial intelligence” or “AI” will continue to expand in 2024 as will the regulations

According to a New York Times story this weekend, the Security Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against SolarWinds is driving discussions in boardrooms and corporate security departments of large organizations about the handling and reporting of cybersecurity breaches. It turns out that such boards and departments may not be the only ones following the SEC’s increased focus

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved an amendment to its Safeguards Rule that will require non-banking financial institutions to report certain data breaches (or “notification events”) to the FTC (not affected individuals).

The “Safeguards Rule,” short for “Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information,” was created to ensure that businesses maintain safeguards to protect

When the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) was enacted, it created the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) and delegated to the CPPA significant regulatory authority. One of the areas of that authority is cybersecurity, which includes performing cybersecurity audits annually. On September 8, 2023, the CPPA considered a draft set of regulations that would establish

This summer, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted rules to enhance and standardize disclosures by public companies regarding cybersecurity risk management, strategy, governance, and incidents.  

The rules will impose a number of new requirements, including disclosures regarding:

  • Material cybersecurity incidents, which must be made within four (4) business days – a tight timeline

What do ransomware, Yelp, and website tracking technologies all have in common? They are troubling areas of concern for HIPAA covered entities and business associates, according to one official from the federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR) which enforces the HIPAA privacy and security rules. Recently, the Executive Editor of Information Security Media Group’s (ISMG’s)