Did the 11th Circuit Just Disarm the Nation’s Cybersecurity Cop?

Over the years, the Federal Trade Commission has emerged as the de facto traffic cop in addressing cybersecurity breaches.  Two recent cases sought to challenge the FTC’s authority in this area. The first was Wyndham Worldwide Corporation which challenged the FTC’s authority over data security only to have the Third Circuit affirm’s the FTC’s authority. The…

Webinar (Thurs 5/3) – Basics of Cyber-Law

I will be part of a panel on a free webinar on the Basics of Cyber-Law for Secure the Village.  Secure the Village’s focus is turning people and organizations into Cyber Guardians having the knowledge, skills, and commitment needed to meet the ongoing challenges of cybercrime, cyber privacy and information security. WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. SIGNUP…

No Action to Date on Secure Elections Act Legislation Discussed on 60 Minutes

CBS’ 60 Minutes yesterday aired a segment on When Russian hackers targeted the U.S. election infrastructure, that focused on the actual penetration into the Illinois Board of Elections by Russian hackers.  The segment included members of Congress expressing frustration with the Department of Homeland Security’s response to the hacking and preparations for 2018. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)…

Coalition Launches Campaign to Get Big Tech to Agree to Increase Privacy and Data Security Protections

A coalition of civil liberties and human rights groups have launched a campaign to pressure tech companies to commit to stronger privacy and security practices via a Security Pledge, that they contend “would ensure the Internet is used to expand democracy, not undermine it” if adopted.  The pledge borrows several elements from the European Union’s GDPR…

Tech Industry Backs Federal Data Breach Law

The Internet Association, the Software & Information Industry Association, the Information Technology Industry Council and the App Association have released a joint statement of principles for the framework of federal data breach legislation.  They stress: Without a uniform national standard for data security and breach notification, the current patchwork is likely to grow even more complex…