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The Blackbaud Breach In July of this year, Blackbaud, a U.S. based cloud computing provider and one of the world’s largest providers of administration, fundraising, and financial management software, notified its clients that it had discovered and stopped a ransomware attack.  In a public statement, Blackbaud described the attack: In a ransomware attack, cybercriminals attempt to disrupt the business by locking companies out of their own data and servers. After discovering the attack, our Cyber…
Shrems II – Groundhog Day, All Over Again Past is Prologue One of the keys to the European’s Union data protection regime has been the prohibition against transferring personal data from EU countries to jurisdictions that do not have regimes that, in the determination of the EU, provide adequate protection to consumers. Beginning in 2000 the U.S. – EU Safe Harbor Framework allowed U.S. companies to certify their compliance with EU data protection requirements, and…
Michael A. Gold, co-chair of JMBM’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, will host a panel of industry leading experts for the webinar, The Right Stuff: Validating Reasonable Information Security Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 Time: 10 AM – 11:15 AM PDT; 1 PM –  1:15 PM EDT Register Now Most organizations have never had to prove that they have reasonable information security. Business and legal pressures are changing this dramatically. The California Consumer Privacy Act exposes…
As a privacy and cybersecurity lawyer, I’m often asked by clients and potential clients about preparing a privacy policy – whether they need one, and how much it costs. And underlying the question is an assumption – privacy policies are really just formalities, and all they need to do is find the right form, or a competitor’s model, make sure to change the name and contact information, and they’re done. They are right about one…
Robert E. Braun, chair of JMBM’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, will be the keynote speaker for the webinar, Privacy and Information Security – Best Practices and Imperatives. Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Time: 2:00 PM Pacific Time Register Now As companies shift to a remote working environment due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many find themselves challenged with issues involving privacy and data security. On May 27, 2020, JMBM partner Bob Braun will discuss best practices…
Moving to the Cloud to Save Money The Covid-19 pandemic has created profound challenges for almost every organization. As these challenges mount, companies are dramatically cutting their soft costs, including information security. Many companies are reducing their information security and privacy compliance spending by moving to the cloud. This is good, right? Maybe, and only if the move is managed in a well-informed way. Not asking the right questions up front can lead to serious…
Leonard Lee of Thomson Reuters Legal Current interviewed Bob Braun, Co-chair of JMBM’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Group for a podcast titled, “Are You Practicing Social Media Hygiene?” Listen to the podcast here. In this brief podcast (18:28 minutes), Bob Braun discusses the risks that both companies and individuals face when posting information on social media. Braun describes situations in which hackers spoof a company’s boss, based on real-time information posted on social media, resulting in…
Robert E. Braun and Michael A. Gold, co-chairs of JMBM’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, will participate as panelists on the webinar, What is Reasonable Information Security? Date:   Thursday, April 23, 2020 Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Pacific Time Register Now JMBM’s cybersecurity lawyers, along with a cybersecurity consultant, a Chief Information Security Officer, and a cyber compliance expert will address the following questions about reasonable information security: What isn’t it? What is it? What…
There’s no question that this is one of the most difficult times we have faced. The turnaround from nearly full employment to 3,000,000 new unemployment claims, the sequestration of two-thirds of the population, the closing of restaurants, entertainment venues, places of worship, mass furloughs and layoffs, the elimination of the social interactions which we thrive on – these are not normal times. And, moreover, the world that emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic will be very…
There’s no question that the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, has created massive disruptions in our lives.  Those of us who can work are working remotely, social distancing has become the rule of the day, and while this will end, there is no sure end date in sight. Even some things that we thought might be unalterable have changed – tax returns have been delayed, and multiple laws are modified to fit the times, whether they be…