Spreading the Word About Cyber Security

National Cyber Security Awareness Month begins this week. Each October, the Department of Homeland Security kicks off a national public awareness campaign that encourages businesses and individuals to take steps to protect themselves from cyber threats. 

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Risky Business: Considering an Applicant or Employee’s Criminal Conviction Information

Employers face the dual struggle of protecting the safety of their workforce and their products while simultaneously complying with laws addressing background check information. On one hand, it can be a risk to hire a candidate with a concerning criminal background. On the other hand, missing a technical step in the various laws could lead to devastating and expensive liability.  

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FBI Asks You to Report Ransomware Attacks: Should You?

To pay or not to pay.  That has been the question in relation to ransomware, the pernicious and now ubiquitous attack that locks your systems and files, and demands ransom for the “key” to unlock them.  

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NIST Issues Mobile Threat Guidance

The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released its guidance on the proliferation of mobile-related threats to network security.  NIST’s recent guidance can be found here:  http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/drafts/nistir-8144/nistir8144_draft.pdf.

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DFS Releases Sweeping Draft Regulations Concerning Cybersecurity

Yesterday, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) released draft regulations on cybersecurity potentially effecting all entities licensed or permitted by DFS.  The DFS Press release is here:  http://www.dfs.ny.gov/about/press/pr1609131.htm and the draft regulations can be found here:  http://www.dfs.ny.gov/legal/regulations/proposed/rp500t.pdf.  DFS first announced its intention to issue these regulations in a letter to federal regulators in November 2015, seeking collaboration with the relevant federal authorities.  

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