Celebrate National Tax Security Awareness Week!

While it may be better known as “Cyber Monday”, today also marks the start of the second annual National Tax Security Awareness Week (November 27 to December 1).  The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry are … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Identity Theft, IRS

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Happy Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Are you Safe?

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month. To mark the occasion, the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (www.ascpa.com) published this article in its monthly newsletter, written by a member of Snell & Wilmer’s Cybersecurity, Data Protection and Privacy practice. The … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Protection

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WannaCry: What to Know and What to Do

On Friday, May 12, 2017, a malicious ransomware program known as WannaCry was discovered infecting computer systems all over the world.  It set off alarms globally, and so far has infected over 200,000 computers across more than 150 countries.  Victims include Deutsche … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, FBI, Malware, NSA, Ransomware

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Notable New State Privacy and Data Security Laws – Part Two

This is the second in a two-part series addressing recent developments in state privacy and data security laws.  This article addresses new laws about student privacy, enforcement/ punishment for data privacy and security violations, and miscellaneous data privacy and security-centered laws.  Part One addressed additions … Continue reading

Posted in Arizona, California, Colorado, Government Regulations, Personal Information, Privacy, State Privacy Laws, Student Privacy

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Notable New State Privacy and Data Security Laws – Part One

States aren’t static when it comes to data privacy and security laws.  This is Part One of a two-part series about several new state privacy and data security laws that took effect within the last year.  In this article, we’ll focus on the following items: … Continue reading

Posted in California, Data Breach, Government Regulations, Nevada, Personal Information, Privacy, State Privacy Laws

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Data Privacy Day? Yeah, it’s a Thing.

For a number of years now, January 28 has been marked as “Data Privacy Day” (or, for our European friends, “Data Protection Day”), and it is often overlooked observed in the United States, Canada, India and many European countries. According to … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, European Union, Personal Information, Privacy

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NIST Issues Draft Update to the Cybersecurity Framework

On January 10, 2017, as the Obama administration draws to a close, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) released a long-awaited draft version 1.1 of its ground-breaking Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.  This draft revision builds upon … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, FTC, Government Regulations, NIST

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FTC Releases a Data Breach Response Guide For Business

Data breaches are fast becoming a fact of life.  Experiencing a data breach is never a pleasant experience, regardless of how it happens – by accident, by criminal intent, or by system failure.  Someone steals a company laptop that contains … Continue reading

Posted in Data Breach, FTC

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Commerce Secretary: Trust Gap Hinders Cyber Attack Reporting

In a keynote address delivered on September 27, 2016 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, DC, Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker conceded that “the federal government cannot regulate cyber risk out of existence.”  Additionally, while calling … Continue reading

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Congress Releases Unclassified Summary on Snowden/NSA Leak

On September 15, 2016, the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee released its summary findings of a two-year investigation concerning the unauthorized disclosures made by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden. A copy of the unclassified executive summary can be … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Breach, NSA

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