China’s new cyber security law (Law) could have far-reaching impacts for companies that do business there. The Law goes into effect on June 1, 2017. As is typical of legislation passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s highest legislative authority, the law has been criticized for its vagueness.
Governor Jerry Brown’s selection of Congressman Xavier Becerra to succeed (now Senator) Kamala Harris as the new Attorney General of California was a surprising move that brings into power in California a seasoned advocate of the economic prosperity of California, but one without a clear track record of privacy law enforcement.
Yahoo recent announcement that CEO Marissa Mayer would forego a 2017 stock award (after giving up a 2016 cash bonus) following security breaches in 2014, 2015 and 2016 underscores the importance of having a security team in place to prevent or at least mitigate, security breaches.
Emails, lots and lots of emails, filling our inboxes. Even with the best security and filters, it seems that hackers are simply building better mousetraps. The bigger problem, however, is the trusting nature of individuals who open emails that they shouldn’t. Phishing emails appear to come from a trusted source; such as a supervisor, client or government agency.
New York’s Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity regulation became effective March 1. According to the press release issued with the regulation, the regulation is intended to require banks, insurance companies and "covered entities" to "establish and maintain a cybersecurity program designed to protect consumers' private data and ensure the safety and soundness of New York State's financial services industry.” This regulation is the first of its kind in the U.S, and will likely serve as a model to other states looking to address cybersecurity.
Background checks have been a tool for employers to use to screen applicants for quite some time. However, recently there have been many changes and an increase in litigation in the background check arena.