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It is no surprise that the SolarWinds cyberattack of December 2020 continues to be in the news on a daily basis. Why? First, it was likely a sophisticated nation-state attack. It likely affected upwards of 18,000 clients of SolarWinds. It definitely affected many United States Government agencies also. The attack was sneaky and continues to be very hard to find on affected networks. Most importantly, it happened in an area that many people had not previously considered a risk — a regular update on a critical vendor software package that many companies have installed, get regular updates on, and, when updates are issued, they just press the button to stay “install.”
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By John G. Browning
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By Gina Taranto
One Recipe for Success: Treat Private Data With the Same Priority Given to Privilege
But for all the coverage that privacy regulations are meant to provide, there is precious little guidance about how to protect private information, and there is very little legal precedent to guide our practices.
By James W. Soong
For the foreseeable future, patent applications involving artificial intelligence technologies, including machine learning, will increase with the continued proliferation of such technologies. However, subject matter eligibility can be a significant challenge in securing patents on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
By Scott McFetters
While analysts predict firms will still see savings from expense cuts in 2021, these savings won't be as dramatic as in 2020 and, moreover, recommend that firms should use profit gains in 2020 and 2021 to invest in long-term strategies for growth — like technology.