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Cyber Legal Risks to Most Businesses since 55% of Senior Management Delegates Compliance

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Access
PwC’s survey of over 800 Compliance Officers was “designed to give corporate compliance officers benchmarking data to help them understand common industry practices today and plan for more effective, more efficient compliance operations in the future.” The report entitled “PwC State of Compliance Study 2016” highlighted these legal risks to most businesses caused by lack… Continue Reading

Hacker gets 45 months in jail for stealing encrypted personal data & launching cyber attacks

Posted in Cyber, Internet Access, Internet Privacy
A federal judge sentenced NullCrew hacker Timothy Justen French to prison for playing a “central role in an extensive, deliberate, and destructive hacking campaign that inflicted widespread and serious harm to businesses, governments, non-profits, and thousands of individuals”…which “ cyber-attacks caused at least $792,000 in monetary loss to victim companies, universities and governmental bodies.” On… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: Can the FTC control the privacy of the IoT (Internet of Things)?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Access
My Guest Blogger Eric Levy is a senior attorney in Gardere’s Trial Practice Group who focuses on cyber security, PCI compliance, PII, eCommerce, and related complex litigation. Apparently IoT is leading the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), the government watchdog of privacy, one step closer to broadening the scope of what it believes falls within the definition of “personally… Continue Reading

Very likely that the cyberattacks against Southwest & Delta were directed your passenger data

Posted in Cyber, Internet Access
Darkreading reported that a recent cyber safety report to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was based on a PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ survey of “85 percent of airline CEOs in the PwC survey cited cybersecurity as a major risk likely because of the very sensitive nature of passenger data and flight systems.”  The September 23, 2016 report in… Continue Reading

$1 trillion will be spent on Cybersecurity in the next 5 years!

Posted in Cyber, Internet Access
CSO recently predicted “a major uptick in cyber spending — to the tune of 12 to 15 percent year-over-year growth through 2021” in an article entitled “Cybersecurity spending outlook: $1 trillion from 2017 to 2021” which included these comments from the SANS Institute which were presented in February 2016: Tracking security-related budget and cost line… Continue Reading

Microsoft contempt ruling overturned for failing to produce emails in Ireland!

Posted in Anonymous Internet Activity, E-Discovery, eCommerce, Internet Access, Internet Jurisdiction, Internet Privacy
In 1986 Congress passed the Stored Communications Act (SCA) to control telephone records long before the Internet we know today, but the SCA is the main law that Internet companies rely to protect users’ content and in 1986 in passing the SCA “Congress focused on providing basic safeguards for the privacy of domestic users.” Nonetheless… Continue Reading

Cyber risk for HIPAA data increasing as criminals are now focused at healthcare technology!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Access
There is little surprise to learn that cybercriminals are now focused at “healthcare IT infrastructure,…also connected medical devices, mobile computing devices used by medal staff and, most profitably, electronic health records (EHR) systems.”  The July 12, 2016 DarkReading report entitled “Healthcare Hacks Face Critical Condition” referenced InfoArmor’s report “Healthcare under attack – CyberCriminals Target Medical… Continue Reading

NET NEUTRALITY: The Internet is a public utility ruling headed to the Supreme Court which doesn’t get the Internet!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Access, Net Neutrality
“For the third time in seven years” the DC Circuit Court of Appeals was confronted with “net neutrality—the principle that broadband providers must treat all internet traffic the same regardless of source”  and the New York Times’ article about the June 14, 2016 ruling says it all – “Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility,… Continue Reading

7 cyber risks using WiFi including risks of using free hotspots!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Access, Internet Privacy
Every one is dependent on WiFi -unfortunately most people think it is safe, however Networkworld identified 7 “ways you could be giving away your identity through a Wi-Fi connection and what to do instead.”  The November 13, 2015 report entitled “7 ways hackers can use Wi-Fi against you” including these points about “Using free hotspots”:… Continue Reading

Advice about Cybersecurity Blind Spots Including Cloud Access

Posted in Cyber, Internet Access
A report from Tenable Network Security identifies that blind spots “can increase legal risk because information retention policies designed to limit legal liability are very unlikely to be applied to electronically stored information (ESI) contained on unauthorized cloud, mobile and virtual assets.” Tenable Network Security’s April 15, 2015 report entitled “Eliminating Cybersecurity Blind Spots” includes… Continue Reading

FBI ALERT: Cyberattacks Directed at IoT (Internet of Things!) and Strong Passwords Can Help!

Posted in Cyber, Internet Access
The FBI “is warning companies and the general public to be aware of IoT vulnerabilities cybercriminals could exploit” and encourages the use of strong passwords according to a FBI September 10, 2015 Public Service Announcement (PSA) entitled “Internet of Things Poses Opportunities for Cyber Crime.” The PSA Included this example: Cyber criminals can take advantage… Continue Reading

EU Data ONLY in the EU? – A Boost to Data Localization Efforts

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Access
German Chancellor Angela Merkel “has embraced proposals to create European data networks that would keep emails and other communications on the European side of the Atlantic, farther from prying American eyes” as reported in the New York Times.  Chancellor Merkel also stated that ‘that companies like Google and Facebook base their European data operations in… Continue Reading

Digital Britain by 2012?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Access
The UK’s plan to bring broadband Internet service to every home by 2012 is a very bold plan since based on recent reports only about 68% of the UK population are currently Internet users. In the meantime about 72% of the population of the US are Internet users. However these are not exactly apples to… Continue Reading