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International Lawyers Network Forms Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Specialty Group

(PRLEAP.COM) New York (March 31, 2015) – On Tuesday, the International Lawyers Network announced the formation of their Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Specialty Group, which will be co-chaired by James Giszczak of McDonald Hopkins (Cleveland, Ohio) and Stuart Gerson of Epstein Becker & Green (Washington, DC). The group joins the ILN’s thirteen other practice and industry-focused specialty groups.

Both chairs are enthusiastic to push the group forward, with a goal of working together with the other members of the group to co-promote the combined strength and depth of expertise of its members, both domestically and internationally. A directory of ILN firms with Cybersecurity & Data Privacy expertise is already available on the ILN website (http://www.iln.com/groups_detail_159.htm). More…

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HOW GCS AND BOARDS CAN BRACE FOR THE CYBERSECURITY STORM

Law360

In a recent Law360 article, Beirne, Maynard & Parsons partnerScott D. Marrs and founding partner Martin D. Beirne discuss the rise of cyber attacks and how corporate America should assess and strengthen their cyber security safeguards to not only avoid reputational damage but also theft of their intellectual property. To read the article, please access the following pdf.

PDF FileHow GCs and Boards Can Brace For The Cybersecurity Storm

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Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Alert: White House announces new cyber threat agency

Today, the White House formally announced it will create a new agency to combat cyber threats and coordinate digital intelligence among federal government agencies. The agency will be called the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center and is being designed to “connect the dots” among cyber threats facing the United States, “so that relevant departments and agencies are aware of these threats in as close to real time as possible,” an official for the White House said. According to The Washington Post, the agency’s mission will be to fuse intelligence from around the government when a crisis occurs. This is the White House’s latest attempt to mount a defense against the rising threat of sophisticated hackers.

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Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Alert: What if the Personal Data Notification & Protection Act Passes?

On the immediate heels of the Sony hack (not to mention a few other sizeable breaches), the White House introduced the Personal Data Notification & Protection Act (PDNPA) as part of its agenda to further privatize data and improve cyber security. This is certainly not the first federal cyber security law to be proposed, but it is the only one to have the White House’s clear stamp of approval.

Comparing the PDNPA to some of the other proposed laws, there are clearly some similarities, but what is most striking about the proposed PDNPA are the key differences. For instance, if passed, the PDNPA would apply to a much broader set of information that the PDNPA defines as “sensitive personally identifiable information” (SPII). This, however, is not the only key difference.

In an effort to provide some much-needed clarification on the proposed law, we put together the following list of FAQs that address what would happen if the PDNPA passes.

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CYBERSECURITY IN THE ENERGY AGE

Beirne, Maynard & Parsons partner Scott D. Marrs and founding partner Martin D. Beirne look at the prevalence of cybersecurity attacks in the energy sector and how energy companies can implement cybersecurity best practices to mitigate this underestimated risk. To read the entire article, please access the below pdf.

PDF FileCybersecurity in the Energy Age

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Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Alert- U.S. House examines state data breach notification laws

The national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice at McDonald Hopkins has submitted a statement for the record to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade during its recent examination of state breach notification laws and potential federal preemption.

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Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Alert: New rule changes impact regulations governing online data collection from children under 13 years of age

Operators of commercial websites must be careful when designing and using interactive websites that collect personal information and other data from customers and consumers. Interactive websites that collect information by:

  1. Requesting, prompting or encouraging the submission of information (even if it’s optional)
  2. Letting information be made publicly available (example: open chat room or posting function)
  3. Passively tracking information through a separate child-directed site or service, or through an advertisement network, may be collecting such information from children.
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Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Alert: Professional service firms are the new target of cyber/data thieves

What are you doing to protect sensitive personal information and protected health information of your clients and your employees?

CPAs, law firms, PEOs, financial advisors, and insurance agents have at least two things in common:

  1. They have large amounts of sensitive Personal Information (PI) and Protected Health Information (PHI) about their clients and employees; and
  2. They are the new targets for sophisticated cyber/data thieves.
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Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Alert: Professional service firms are the new target of cyber/data thieves

What are you doing to protect sensitive personal information and protected health information of your clients and your employees?

CPAs, law firms, PEOs, financial advisors, and insurance agents have at least two things in common:

  1. They have large amounts of sensitive Personal Information (PI) and Protected Health Information (PHI) about their clients and employees; and
  2. They are the new targets for sophisticated cyber/data thieves.
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Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Alert: Tax season is also identity theft season

April is a critical time of year for businesses and individuals to assess their vulnerabilities to the onslaught of identity theft. Tax season finds the IRS inundated with filings and requests for tax refunds throughout the country. The government, unfortunately, lacks the manpower to ensure all of these filings are legitimate. Identity thieves, who now include sophisticated organized criminal groups among their ranks, are filing fraudulent tax returns by the thousands using stolen social security numbers acquired throughout the year. As a result, if you choose to file an extension on your return, you could be giving thieves the time they need to file your return first!

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