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Regulators including the FTC, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) — the agency responsible for enforcing the HIPAA rules for protected health information (PHI) — and state attorneys general have issued guidance and announced a number of settlements in data security cases that are instructive about measures that organizations can take to reduce the potential for a data breach or, if a breach does occur, provide appropriate notice.
By Christopher Perrotta
Gone are the days of naively assuming our confidential data is secure. Increasingly, clients, stakeholders, regulators and others are demanding proof that firms are actively protecting the PII to which they have access, and this evidence is being demanded both before and after security incidents. It is imperative law firms have the positions and processes in place to handle security incidents with urgency, accuracy and completeness.
By Doug Stansfield
As a matter of practice, law firms generate and store incomprehensible amounts of data. Most, if not all, of that data has been digitized and many firms that recognize the untapped value of their data have begun to leverage sophisticated technologies to mine it for reusable work product and valuable insights.
There is great enthusiasm about what AI can do to promote better living conditions, evoking wisdom, providing business intelligence through deep analysis of behavior and habits, by signaling trends and anticipating demand. But there are other considerations as well. A critical one is cybersecurity.
By Jason G. Weiss
The healthcare industry is facing an alarming proliferation of cyber perils. Why? Because our healthcare system is a “soft target,” and particularly vulnerable because of its lifesaving work, where time is of the essence. It’s a recipe for disaster from a cybersecurity standpoint.