April 25, 2014

E-Discovery Newsletter of Notable Cases and Events

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In its ongoing effort to provide current and relevant updates regarding developments in the field of e-discovery, our staff would like to recommend a reading of the Sidley Austin LLP firm's current newsletter written by its in-house “E-Discovery Task Force” group. This group from Sidley Austin LLP works to stay abreast of the shifting legal landscape surrounding e-discovery. The most current update addresses the following recent developments and court decisions involving e-discovery issues: 1. A Northern District of Illinois ruling sanctioning a defendant company for failing to … [Read more...]

NIST Offers Free Download of SP 800-53, Rev 4

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has now made available the Final Release of SP 800-53 Revision 4, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations – representing the most comprehensive update to the security controls catalog since its inception in 2005. This update was motivated primarily by the expanding occurrences of cyber security threats – looking at the increased sophistication of those cyber-attacks; the growing frequency of such attacks; the professionalism of the attackers, and the persistence of targeting by … [Read more...]

Online Privacy Rights Remain Under Attack and Unresolved Issues for Many in 2013

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In a recent article, posted by PC World and written by Melissa Riofrio, the topic of online privacy for individuals was addressed in the light of growing threats to that privacy predicted for 2013. And, while a debate may exist about the meaning of privacy between different generations of individuals, the fact is that the data any individual generates on the internet is still a rich trove of information that says more about you than you may realize --- not to mention that it is also a tempting target for marketers and law enforcement officials alike. This year, your online privacy faces … [Read more...]

E-Discovery Predicted to be Business-Critical Operation in 2013

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The topic of e-discovery continues to become an important area of enterprise risk management focus and is an area which our staff continues to monitor.  It is with that thought in mind, that brought our staff to recommend a recent posting by Aiith Samuel. Samuel's posting addresses trends and predictions for 2013 in which Samuel summarizes, “…e-discovery practices in 2013 will now involve other critical functions, including information governance, records management, social media and cyber-security, just to name a few.” Of the many postings reviewed regarding e-Discovery trends or … [Read more...]

NIST Updating SP 800-53 Information Security Guidance Document

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Many of our readers – especially associated with government contracting -- may not know that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now a step closer to publishing its 4th version of one of its premier information security guides --- i.e. Special Publication 800-53: Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations. More specifically, on Feb 5th 2013, NIST issued the final public draft of the guidance, seeking comments from the public as NIST will then publish the final version of SP 800-53 Rev 4, --- expected sometime this month of … [Read more...]

Cyber Insurance, Data Privacy and Information Security 2013 Trends Report

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An exclusive 2013 report funded and released by the Cyber Data Risk Managers group offers the opinions of top industry regarding experts on what they think, feel and should happen in 2013 as it pertains to Data Privacy, Information Security and Cyber Insurance, as well as, what steps can be taken to mitigate risk(s) surrounding these cyber security related potential threats. A short summary of some of those observations and trends reported are: Inadequate security measures on government and private sector networks, critical infrastructure and telecommunications represent perhaps the … [Read more...]

SP 800-53 Rev 4 Planned Release for April 2013

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Special Publication 800-53: Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations – one of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) premier information security guides --- is soon to be published in its 4th revision. Though the guidance is aimed at federal government IT systems, it is frequently followed by local, state and tribal governments as well as private-sector enterprises. Major changes in Revision 4 are planned to include: New security controls and control enhancements addressing the advanced persistent threat, supply chain, … [Read more...]

Social Media Risk Management Becomes Focus of New FFIEC Guidance Draft Document

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The ever growing challenge of social media risk management remains a topic of concern and focus for not only financial institutions but also for many organizations now using social media in a variety of ways, including marketing, providing incentives, facilitating applications for new accounts, inviting feedback from the public and engaging with existing and potential customers --- for example, by receiving and responding to complaints. Very recently, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released proposed guidance on the applicability of consumer protection and … [Read more...]

Cyber Attacks and Critical Infrastructure Protection

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If your company is classified as a critical infrastructure facility, and, your disaster preparedness team is looking for updates on the status of cyber attack threats against industrial control systems, our staff recommends adding a copy of a recent report entitled “Malware Infections in the Control Environment " (ICS-CERT, December 2012)  to your company’s cybersecurity threats related reading resource library. This Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report revealed that industrial control systems, which are used to monitor and control critical infrastructure facilities, were hit with … [Read more...]

Security Snafus — The Worst of 2012 So Far…

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As portrayed at a recent protest in central Brussels via a photo credited to REUTERS / Yves Herman depicts a protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask (symbolic of the hactivist group Anonymous), the first six (6) months of 2012 ranged from the embarrassing hack of a conversation between the FBI and Scotland Yard to an overabundance of data breaches. (Click here to view more details).  Click here to view those security snafus for the rest of the year. Ellen Messmer, a writer for Network World, has recently posted a gathering of the worst security snafus organized by month of 2012 inclusive … [Read more...]