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Joint FTC Initiative Announces New Cybersecurity Resources for Small Businesses

On October 18, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – along with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Small Business Administration (SBA) – unveiled a new cybersecurity campaign specifically designed to assist small businesses with limited resources. The campaign follows …

California Enacts the Nation’s First Internet of Things Security Law

On Friday, September 28, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s first Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity law. Although the new law presents some compliance issues, it does not appear to conflict with federal regulatory policy, unlike some have alleged regarding the state’s recent forays into net neutrality and …

Is Your Company Prepared to Navigate the Changing Election Law Landscape?

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Davis Wright Tremaine has developed a State Political Advertising Law Survey, which we can make available to our clients covering all 50 states or a subset of selected states

With the 2018 election season rapidly approaching, legislators across the country are focused on filling gaps in election laws that have …

As US Midterm Elections Approach, Political Advertising Controls Take Center Stage

This article originally appeared in The Privacy Advisor.

In the shadow of Russian intelligence officers surreptitiously using digital advertising tools in the 2016 election, both regulators and online platforms acknowledge that technology creates new challenges to the integrity of elections. Existing election laws — which generally prohibit the use …

The Clock is Ticking!: The Types of Cybersecurity Disclosures Required by the Securities and Exchange Commission

On February 21, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) “voted unanimously to approve a statement and interpretive guidance to assist public companies in preparing disclosures about cybersecurity risks and incidents.”[1] The SEC did not wait long for the public to absorb this guidance. On April 24, 2018, the …

Vacation is Canceled!: Consumer Reporting Agencies Must Satisfy First-in-the-Nation N.Y. Cybersecurity Regulations by the Fall

On June 25, 2018, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) issued a final regulation (the “Regulation”) requiring consumer reporting agencies with “significant operations” in New York to (1) register with NYDFS for the first time and (2) comply with the NYDFS’s cybersecurity regulation. Under the Regulation, consumer reporting …

Collision Course: Foreign Influence Operations, Data Security and Privacy

On June 11, 2018, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Adam Hickey testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee about “foreign influence operations, which include cyber efforts to interfere in our elections. As stated by Hickey, “[f]oreign influence operations include covert actions by foreign governments intended to affect U.S. political sentiment and public …

What Lawyers Need to Know About Security Techniques and Technologies to Mitigate Breach Risk (Part Three of Three)

This article was first published in the Cybersecurity Law Report.

IT has an indisputably important role in implementing a defense-in-depth cybersecurity strategy, however, the legal team is also a crucial part of a company’s cyber program. With input from technical and legal experts, including DWT’s Amy Mushahwar, this …

What Lawyers Need to Know About Security Techniques and Technologies to Mitigate Breach Risk (Part Two of Three)

This article was first published in the Cybersecurity Law Report.

IT has an indisputably important role in implementing a defense-in-depth cybersecurity strategy, however, the legal team is also a crucial part of a company’s cyber program. With input from technical and legal experts, including DWT’s Amy Mushahwar, this …

What Lawyers Need to Know About Security Techniques and Technologies to Mitigate Breach Risk (Part One of Three)

This article was first published in the Cybersecurity Law Report.

IT has an indisputably important role in implementing a defense-in-depth cybersecurity strategy, however, the legal team is also a crucial part of a company’s cyber program. With input from technical and legal experts, including DWT’s Amy Mushahwar, this …

Federal Regulatory Agencies Advise on Cyber Insurance for Information Security Programs

Federal regulatory agencies, acting through the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), have issued guidance for financial institutions about the role of cyber insurance in risk management of information technology systems. See, e.g., FDIC FIL-16-2018 (April 10, 2018); OCC Bulletin 2018-8 (April 11, 2018).  The agencies—principally responsible for …

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