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It is hardly news that cyber incidents are front of mind for companies. Whether costly data thefts, pernicious data manipulation attacks, or crippling ransomware or disruptive denial of service attacks, cyberattacks are trending toward greater frequency, severity and sophistication. Geopolitical tensions have further increased the risk. In fact, the New York State Department of Financial Services recently warned its regulated entities to be alert for an increased risk of malicious cyber activity directed at United States industries and government agencies by highly cyber-capable Iranian actors and proxies. The New York Times reports a 41% increase in 2019 in the number of files hacked in ransomware attacks, and notes that according to American authorities, several of these attackers have operated with the protection of their governments and have helped their governments by passing along hacked files.
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By Mark Sangster
Companies determined to protect their employees and minimize the impact of COVID-19 are enforcing travel restrictions and strong work-from-home policies. However those actions can be used against employees as any firms are likely unprepared for the criminal appetite for the cyberattack exploitation of a remote workforce. Here are some of the key issues of which law firms and companies need to be aware and steps that should be considered to minimize the risk to keep everyone — and client data — safe.
By Tomas Suros
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the conversation around remote work. As more employees work remotely, law firms must employ security best practices to ensure that the extended reliance on the cloud doesn’t expose sensitive data or cripple daily operations. Following is a practical checklist of systems, technologies and processes to consider when evolving your firm for remote work and selecting your cloud technology provider.
By Dan Clark
Over 30 trade associations and companies co-signed a letter last month to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra asking him to push back the enforcement date for the California Consumer Privacy Act due to the new coronavirus and a lack of clarity on the enforcement rules.
By Ann Marie Mortimer, Jason J. Kim and Lisa J. Sotto
Most companies doing business in California are well aware of the CCPA and prepared diligently in advance of the law’s Jan. 1, 2020 compliance deadline. While compliance certainly is key, even compliant businesses must consider — and prepare for — the eventual onslaught of class action litigation that is coming.