Taxpayer Cybersecurity – Step 5: Create a Data Theft Recovery Plan

The Security Summit, consisting of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), state tax agencies, and private-sector tax industry officials, is encouraging tax professionals during the 2019 summer season to take some time to assess their data security policies and review critical … Continue reading

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Taxpayer Cybersecurity – Step 4: Recognize Identity Theft

The Security Summit, consisting of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), state tax agencies, and private-sector tax industry officials, is encouraging tax professionals during the 2019 summer season to take some time to assess their data security policies and review critical … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Breach, Data Protection, E-mail phishing, Identity Theft, IRS, Notification, Personal Information

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Taxpayer Cybersecurity – Step 3: Avoid E-mail Phishing Scams

The Security Summit, consisting of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), state tax agencies, and private-sector tax industry officials, is encouraging tax professionals during the 2019 summer season to take some time to assess their data security policies and review critical … Continue reading

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Taxpayer CyberSecurity — Step 2: Create A Data Security Plan

The Security Summit, consisting of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), state tax agencies, and private-sector tax industry officials, is encouraging tax professionals during the 2019 summer season to take some time to assess their data security policies and review critical … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Protection, IRS, Personal Information, Uncategorized

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Taxpayer CyberSecurity — Step 1: Protect Your Systems!

In March 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) convened an unprecedented coalition of state tax agencies and private-sector tax industry officials to fight back against emerging criminal syndicates exploiting sensitive taxpayer information by creating the Security Summit. The Security Summit … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of an FTC Data Security Lawsuit

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has described itself as “Your cop on the privacy beat” and a top federal regulator of consumer-facing data security practices.  An example of how the FTC asserts itself when it comes to data security and … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Breach, Data Protection, FTC, Government Regulations, Internet of Things, IoT, Personal Information, Privacy

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules that Employers Have an Affirmative Duty to Protect Workers’ Personal Data from Cybercriminals: Will Other States Follow?

In a landmark decision with far-reaching implication, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held that employers have an affirmative duty to protect their employees’ personal information from criminal hacking. In particular, on November 21, 2018, the court ruled in Dittman v. … Continue reading

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What Does the New White House Cyber Strategy Do?

On September 20, 2018, the White House released its new National Cyber Strategy, which details a four-pillar national cybersecurity plan. In a letter to the American people preceding the 26-page plan, President Donald Trump writes that the plan’s release was … Continue reading

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Has Your Computer Been Hijacked For Illicit Cryptocurrency Mining?

Another day, and another form of hacking comes to light.  On June 26, 2018, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, issued a security tip “Defending Against Illicit Cryptocurrency Mining … Continue reading

Posted in Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Cryptojacking, Cryptomining, Cyber Security, DHS, Malware, US-CERT

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Data Security Update: 11th Circuit Vacates FTC Order Against LabMD

Earlier this month, in a much anticipated decision, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) cease and desist order against LabMD, Inc.  A summary of the relevant factual background and the FTC’s cease and … Continue reading

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