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Deeper Dive: Ransomware – WannaCry and the Future of Ransomware-as-a-Service

In our 2017 BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report, we addressed the increasingly ubiquitous scourge of ransomware, one of the fastest-growing types of malware causing data security incidents. We noted that ransomware attacks have been steadily expanding in both frequency and severity, and that those trends seemed set to continue for the foreseeable future. Less than a … Continue Reading

Deeper Dive: Security Incident Notification Under the New EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

As noted in the 2017 BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report, the enactment of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents the most significant change in European data protection law in more than 20 years. Coming into effect on May 25, 2018, the GDPR focuses on a number of core data protection principles and … Continue Reading

Deeper Dive: Protecting Paper Records

Our third annual BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report analyzes the more than 450 data security incidents we led clients through in 2016, and includes a number of interesting trends relating to the causes of incidents, how companies are identifying and responding to incidents, and the regulatory and litigation trends after an incident is disclosed. … Continue Reading

Deeper Dive: Frequency and Severity

All industries are affected by cyberattacks, but how often and to what extent they occur vary greatly by industry type. Industry Type As for frequency, the healthcare industry in 2016, for the third year in a row, saw the greatest number of incidents and by a wide margin. Specifically, about 35 percent of the incidents … Continue Reading

Australia’s New Breach Notification Law Set to Take Effect February 2018

On February 13, 2017, the Australian Senate passed a bill establishing a mandatory requirement to notify the Privacy Commissioner and affected individuals of “eligible” data breaches. The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2016, which was passed by the House of Representatives the previous week, amends Australia’s Privacy Act 1988 and is slated to take … Continue Reading

Home Depot Evades Shareholder’s Derivative Suit for 2014 Data Breach

Public companies that are proactively working to mitigate “cyber” risks and prepare to respond to potential incidents frequently ask whether a “breach” will lead to litigation, loss of customers, stock price decline, and shareholder actions. There are a lot of factors that influence what adverse consequences follow disclosure of a breach. Of the hundreds of … Continue Reading

Former SEC Commissioner Louis A. Aguilar Describes Corporate Directors’ Cybersecurity Duties

When Louis A. Aguilar was a commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission, he helped organize the SEC’s March 2014 roundtable to discuss the cyber risks facing public companies. The numerous data breaches that have occurred at public companies, from Target to Yahoo and many more, show that public companies have not yet succeeded in … Continue Reading

Tales from the Trenches: Lessons Learned from the Ashley Madison Data Breach

In July 2015, the online cheating website Ashley Madison was hacked and data pertaining to its 37 million users were published online. The story made headlines given the sensitive nature of the information exposed, the number of people affected and the sensational details of the hack, which included allegations of fraud, blackmail and extortion. The … Continue Reading

Latest Data Breach Settlement Illustrates Need for Companies to Prioritize Cybersecurity

On Aug. 5, 2016, the New York attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, announced a $100,000 settlement with an e-retailer following an investigation of a data breach that resulted in the potential exposure of more than 25,000 credit card numbers and other personal information. According to the investigation, on Aug. 7, 2014, in an all-too-common scenario, an … Continue Reading

Deeper Dive: Regulatory Investigations Following a Reported Breach

We recently released our 2016 Data Security Incident Response Report (“Report”), which provides lessons learned and metrics related to over 300 data security incidents handled by our team. As noted in the report, once an incident is made public the potential ramifications include a wide-ranging investigation by a regulatory agency, such as state attorneys general. … Continue Reading

Deeper Dive: Beware of Paper Records

BakerHostetler’s 2016 Data Security Incident Response Report reveals a number of interesting incident response trends: the range of incident causes is broad, all industries are affected, detection capabilities need to improve, it is difficult to provide meaningful notification quickly, and regulatory investigations are more common than lawsuits after notification occurs. One of the report’s interesting … Continue Reading

5 Big Developments in Privacy Class Actions in 2015, and 3 to Look for in 2016

The burgeoning area of privacy class action litigation showed no signs of slowing down in 2015. Here are some of the most significant developments from the past year, as well as some things to watch for in the coming year. For purposes of this article, we include in the definition of “privacy” class action litigation … Continue Reading

What the FTC’s Settlement With Wyndham Means for Your Company

The recent settlement entered into between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and related companies (Wyndham) provides an important roadmap for companies seeking to avoid running afoul of the FTC’s regulation of data security. In particular, this settlement, as embodied in a Consent Order entered by the Court provides Wyndham Hotels and … Continue Reading

Australia Introduces Draft Privacy Act Amendment Addressing Notification

In 2015, several countries introduced new data privacy regulations and approved new data protection regulators. As the year draws to a close, Australia joins the list of countries advancing new data privacy legislation with the Australian government’s recent release of a draft bill amending its Privacy Act to implement a new security incident notification framework. … Continue Reading

FCC’s Growing Privacy and Data Security Enforcement

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has had a busy 2015, and its presence in the data security regulatory enforcement space will likely continue to grow. Last year, the FCC named Travis LeBlanc as chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Since then, the FCC has brought three separate enforcement actions against companies for allegedly not safeguarding consumers’ … Continue Reading

New PCI Guidance Provides Businesses With Security Incident Response Assistance

A security event involving payment card data, especially card present data, can be one of the most costly events a company may face. Not only did a recent study report the average total cost of a data breach as $3.8 million, large payment card incidents such as those that occurred at Target and Home Depot … Continue Reading

State Data Breach Notification Requirements Specifically Applicable to Insurers

Almost all U.S. states and territories have enacted breach notification laws requiring private and/or government entities to notify individuals when their personal information is compromised. These laws vary, and much has been written about the challenges caused by the differences, including who must comply with the law (e.g., persons, businesses, information brokers, government entities, covered … Continue Reading

2015 BakerHostetler Security Incident Response Report Provides Insight Beyond Technical Incidents

There is no longer a debate – security incidents are inevitable. Organizations are working to be better prepared to respond when the first sign of an incident is detected (often at 4:30 p.m. on a Friday). So what kind of incidents should they prepare for and how should they prepare? Annual reports from forensic investigation … Continue Reading

2015 BakerHostetler Incident Response Report Shows One in Five Breaches Involved Paper Records

BakerHostetler’s inaugural Data Security Incident Response Report offers a wealth of information regarding the causes of data security breaches, the manner in which those incidents are handled, and the legal and regulatory aftermath for affected companies. Among the Report’s interesting takeaways is a rebuttal of the popular assumption that data security incidents are all about … Continue Reading

To Err Is Human; to Indemnify, Divine?: Human Foibles in the Cloud

BakerHostetler’s inaugural Data Security Incident Response Report (the “Report”) concluded that employee negligence and theft were two of the top five causes of data security incidents for the more than 200 incidents that we handled in 2014. Needless to say, this raises some important and concerning questions when it comes to the cloud. We note … Continue Reading
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