Information Security

02 May 2016

Defend Trade Secrets Act Offers a New Response to Cyber Intrusions

Companies may soon have a new way to respond to hacking.  On Wednesday, April 27, the House passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) by a vote of 410-2. The bill has already been approved by the Senate and has the Obama administration’s support, which means little stands in the … Read More

22 March 2016

IRS Alerts Payroll and HR Professionals to Email Phishing Scheme Soliciting W-2s

On March 1, the IRS issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals regarding a phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees.  The IRS said this scheme is part of a “surge” in phishing emails seen this year.

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15 March 2016

California Data Breach Report Gets Specific on “Reasonable” Information Security

This February, the California Attorney General released the “California Data Breach Report,” summarizing developments from 2012-2015.  Drawing from 657 reports filed with the California AG impacting 49 million records, the report is notable for its “recommendations.”  These recommendations are ostensibly non-binding guidance that may nonetheless serve as the … Read More

18 February 2016

DHS Issues Guidance Pursuant to Cybersecurity Act of 2015

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015, which included the long anticipated Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act or CISA, was passed on December 18, 2015 to facilitate and encourage confidential two-way private sector sharing of cyberthreat information with the federal government. It also provided key liability shields for cyberthreat information sharing and network … Read More

10 February 2016

President Takes Action On Cybersecurity

President Obama today unveiled a “Cybersecurity National Action Plan.” The administration’s proposed budget includes $19 billion for cybersecurity spending, $3 billion of which will be devoted to updating agency systems. The plan includes the creation of a Federal Chief Information Security Officer to guide the implementation of increased … Read More

11 January 2016

Top Ten Data Protection and Privacy Issues to Watch in 2016

*This post originally appeared in Law360 on January 7, 2016.

While 2015 was a big year in data, 2016 may prove to be even bigger.  Many hot button and game changing topics are being debated in legislative bodies and campaign trails, regulators are focused, and privacy-related litigation continues to rise. … Read More

21 December 2015

Cybersecurity Act of 2015 Signed Into Law

On December 18, President Obama signed into law an omnibus spending package for 2016 that included the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (known in former versions as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act). After years of debate, the Cybersecurity Act establishes a framework to facilitate and encourage confidential two-way private sector sharing … Read More

02 December 2015

The second edition of The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review is now available

The second edition of The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review appears as the world is converging on more privacy laws that cover more areas of business and are subject to more enforcement. Several Sidley lawyers in the Privacy, Data Security and Information Law practice have contributed to this … Read More

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