Alabama’s Data Breach Law

All U.S states now have laws about data security and what to do when there’s a data breach. Alabama recently was the 50th state to add such a law, and it takes effect on June 1, 2018. Here are its … Continue reading

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South Dakota’s New Breach Notification Law

On March 21, 2018, South Dakota became the 49th state to enact a breach notification law. The South Dakota law will take effect on July 1, 2018.  Here is a summary of several of the new legislation’s key features: Defining … Continue reading

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

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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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Business Email Compromise: What It Is and What You Can Do

Business email compromise (“BEC”) is a type of cyberattack that is increasing at an alarming pace. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation estimated in a May 2017 alert that global losses due to BEC scams totaled more than $5.3 billion … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber scams, Cyber Security, Data Protection, FBI

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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

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FTC’s “Stick With Security” #8: Make Sure Your Service Providers Use Reasonable Security Measures

On September 15, 2017, the FTC released its eighth “Stick with Security” principle, which offers advice that individuals and organizations should consider when hiring others to process sensitive data. A few tips for making sure those service providers implement reasonable … Continue reading

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FTC’s “Stick With Security” #7: Apply Sound Security Practices When Developing New Products

On September 8, 2017, the FTC released its seventh “Stick with Security” principle, which offered guidance regarding how companies incorporate security by design to prevent or minimize threats in the following ways: Train Your Engineers in Secure Coding Companies would … Continue reading

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FTC’s “Stick With Security” #6: Protect Remote Access To Your Network

On September 1, 2017, the FTC released its sixth “Stick with Security” principle, which highlighted the steps businesses can take to ensure that “outside entryways” into network systems are secure. Securing remote access to a network involves two aspects: Ensure … Continue reading

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FTC’s “Stick With Security” #5: Segment Your Network And Monitor Who’s Trying To Get In And Out

On August 25, 2017, the FTC released its fifth “Stick with Security” principal, which focused on how companies can protect their virtual “entrances and exits” and make life harder for hackers. The FTC believes that the kind of attention businesses … Continue reading

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FTC’s “Stick With Security” #4: Store Sensitive Information Securely & Protect It During Transmission

On August 18, 2017, the FTC released its fourth “Stick with Security” principle, which explained the importance of keeping confidential data only when needed, and securely storing the data when it must be kept.  To that end, an essential security tool … Continue reading

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