Earlier this year, there was a report on a new spear-phishing attack seeking to steal people’s sensitive data. The spear-phishing email message, apparently drafted to look like it came from FedEx, included a link that took the recipient of the email to a Google Docs page and then used a script to download malware to the employee’s computer. What was notable about this spear-phishing attempt was that the email “bait” actually included employee sensitive data, such as his or her … Read More
Every year, the culprit that tops the list of information security risk is the same one from the previous year, and the year before that: your employees. Sure, hackers and technical failures get a lot of attention, but time and again it is the low-tech failures of employees that lead to security incidents and data breaches. To be clear, it is rarely the disgruntled employee, but more often the apathetic or unaware employee that clicks the phishing link or lets … Read More
A recent GAO decision denying a contractor’s protest because of cybersecurity concerns offers contractors four lessons on how to avoid making the same mistakes.
I. Background Facts and Decision
Syneren Technologies Corporation was one of 20 contractors who responded to a Navy RFP to award an ID/IQ contract for IT systems and software to support human resource operations involving a variety of business enterprise services. The work was to be performed at a government facility and involved DoD and Navy … Read More
Ohio is poised to lead the nation by incentivizing businesses to implement certain cybersecurity controls, which can be an affirmative defense to a data breach claim based on negligence. Under the proposed legislation, if a business is sued for negligently failing to implement reasonable information security controls resulting in a data breach, the business can assert its compliance with the cybersecurity control as an affirmative defense at trial.
For years we have counseled our clients to implement a comprehensive data … Read More
Join Taft attorneys Barbara Duncombe and Bill Wagner for a complimentary seminar on the DoD cybersecurity regulations on Oct. 18 at Taft’s Indianapolis office. They will participate in an informal, interactive discussion with Richard Banta and Alex Carroll from Lifeline Data Centers and Josh Griswold and Joe Turek from Chubb concerning recent developments (including cyber breaches), evolving standards of compliance and practical, effective risk mitigation strategies. Click here to register.
Topics will include:
- Final preparations to ensure compliance with DoD’s
Here are three takeaways for your business from the Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure signed on May 11, 2017.
1. Incorporate the NIST Cybersecurity Framework into your business.
The Executive Order requires federal agencies to use the well-established NIST Cybersecurity Framework to fulfill their mission to protect federal networks and critical infrastructure and to appropriately plan for and procure cybersecurity training, products, and services for the future.
As background, the Framework was … Read More
A new cyberattack, that is very similar to the WannaCry ransomware virus, is spreading across Europe. Taft’s Technology group is closely monitoring the situation and has prepared the following short summary of questions and answers about ransomware attacks, which in effect locks out users from accessing their files unless a ransom is paid via bitcoin.
Q: I have been hit with a ransomware attack, what are my options?
A: You can pay the ransom with the hopes of getting your … Read More
Cybersecurity is not an aspect of your business that can be tackled once and then forgotten. The threats are constantly evolving. They require attention and resources. Here are 5 tips to make sure your company is prepared in case of an attack.
- Disaster Recovery Plan– Data is the lifeblood of most organizations. Where is your data stored? What would happen to your business if a natural disaster like a fire, flood or other catastrophe struck the location where your
The American Arbitration Association (AAA) and its International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) recently created an aerospace, aviation and national security panel of arbitrators to handle complex, high-value aerospace, aviation, defense, cyber and security-related disputes. Similarly, AAA has a special panel of arbitrators to handle technology-related disputes. But what should companies involved in these types of arbitration cases expect?
Please join us at Taft Indianapolis on March 21 for a breakfast event featuring an informal, interactive panel discussion covering recent developments (including cyber breaches), evolving standards of compliance and practical, effective risk mitigation strategies.
Registration and Continental Breakfast: 7:30-8:00 a.m.
Discussion: 8:00-9:30 a.m.
- Richard L. Banta and Alex J. Carroll from Lifeline Data Centers, LLC
- Frederick W. McClaine from Shepherd Insurance
- James A. Butz and William C. Wagner from Taft Law
Bill Wagner authored the article “Takeaways From NASA Cloud Security Audit,” which was published by Law360 on March 1. The article discusses the Office of Inspector General’s audit report on the security of NASA’s cloud computing services and offers discussion points for corporate management and directors to consider in their own cybersecurity efforts.
In the article, Bill also provides some discussion points for a tabletop review of NASA’s audit findings with your management and board.
Bill is co-chair … Read More
The saga surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals hacking scandal concluded with the issuance of a final punishment from MLB. The scandal stemmed from the actions of the former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa, after he illegally accessed the e-mail accounts of members of the Houston Astros front office as well as their scouting database. The Cardinals were ordered to forfeit their top two selections in the upcoming 2017 amateur draft to the Astros and pay them two million dollars within … Read More
One overlooked aspect of cybersecurity is training for the employees at your company in proper data management practices. All of the technical measures that a company employs to guard against intrusions do not matter when an employee knowingly or unknowingly circumvents those measures. Proper training can help to reduce the number of incidents and lower your chances of suffering from a data breach.
- Password Management – Proper password management is key to any cybersecurity program. The technical barriers to entry
Guides and best practices against cyber-attacks often provide only the illusion of security. In an attempt to turn that illusion into reality, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) intends to create a lab environment to simulate, test, and address cybersecurity problems for robotic-based and chemical manufacturing processes through standards-based solutions using commercially available software.
The intent is to produce a series of NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guides for four cybersecurity capabilities for … Read More
The US Department of Defense’s (DoD) new cybersecurity regulations require defense contractors to cooperate with Government support services contractors investigating a “cyber incident that affects a covered contractor information system or the covered defense information residing therein or that affects the contractor’s ability to provide operationally critical support.” DoD’s Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Activities Final Rule, 32 CFR 236.4(b), (m)(5) (effective Nov. 3, 2016); Response to Public Comments, 81 FR 68312 (Oct. 4, 2016).
It doesn’t take much imagination to … Read More
To effectively guard against an enemy of any kind it’s important to know your enemy. This strategy is just as effective when fighting an online battle to protect your company’s data.
Before you can effectively defend against cyberattacks, it is important to educate yourself on potential threats and how to handle them. We invite you to join us on September 7 for part two of the Columbus Cybersecurity Series featuring FBI agent David Fine returns. During this portion of the … Read More
Savvy in-house counsel and business owners often ask are whether the insurers selling cyber policies actually pay claims or whether the policyholders are just buying the right to later sue the insurers for coverage. The initial wave of cyber insurance litigation involved policyholders trying to obtain coverage for data breaches under their standard commercial general liability policies. This produced mixed results with some courts finding coverage, while others did not. The next wave of cyber insurance litigation involved policyholders asserting … Read More
The new DoD cybersecurity regulations require contractors to implement the security requirements specified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations,” not later than Dec. 31, 2017. DFARS, 252.204-7008(c)(1).
However, a contractor may propose to vary from the NIST SP 800-171 requirements under two circumstances. Under DFARS 252.204-7008(c)(2), a contractor may propose to vary from the security requirements specified by NIST SP 800-171 through a … Read More
The U.S. Department of Defense published its Network Penetration Reporting and Cloud Computing Services regulations as an interim rule in August 2015 and updated them in December 2015. Watch this new webinar replay at your convenience to learn about the regulations, how they may impact your business, and the concerns of industry groups. Click HERE to watch the webinar in its entirety.
On June 4, 2015, the Office of Personnel Management announced that personally identifiable information for 4 million current and retired U.S. Government employees had been breached. China was suspected of having facilitated the breach.
Two weeks later, after the number of data breach victims had risen to 14 million, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published its new Guidelines for Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations, NIST Special Publication 800-171.
We published our … Read More
One best practice missing from the New York State Department of Financial Services’ announcement of potential new cyber security regulation requirements for banks and insurers was the need to develop an approach to monitor internal threats, including the detection of anomalous conduct by employees.
The FBI, SEC, and others have identified dishonest acts by employees as one of the major causes of data security breaches. In fact, it’s one of the areas audited under the FFIEC’s Cybersecurity Assessment Tool… Read More
DoD recently published answers to 43 frequently asked questions on the Department of Defense Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services regulations. The FAQs document is available here. In addition, you can read our blogs posts on the new regulations below.
- Introduction to the New DoD Cyber Security Regulations
- New Key Terms for DoD’s New Cyber Security Regulations
- Checklist to Comply with the Duties and Obligations of the Network Penetration Reporting Regulations
- Checklist for Complying with the DoD
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIED) warned financial institutions of the increasing frequency and severity of cyber attacks involving extortion resulting from ransomeware, denial of service attacks, and theft of sensitive business and customer information to extort payment and other concessions from victims.
The FFIEC recommends that financial institutions develop and implement programs to ensure that the institutions are able to identify, protect, detect, respond to, and recover from these types of attacks, including:
- Conducting ongoing information security risk
Use of a remote, shared computer network to store, manage and process data can save time and money by eliminating the need for a local data center and an IT team to run it. Whether on a smart phone, a laptop or a desktop computer, cloud computing gives users immediate access to data anywhere there is an Internet connection.
Gartner, one of the world’s foremost … Read More