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It was reported today that a former executive of a health care provider accessed the Protected Health Information (PHI) of nearly 38,000 Individuals. Conflicting accounts also suggest 3rd party vendor involvement although that has not officially been confirmed.

New Ransomware Encrypts Your Data & Makes Nasty Threats, Too
A group behind the new ransomware variant threatens to go beyond encrypting data in their attempts to force victims to pay up. Read Article

Here are the highlights from this month’s events as we join a growing national effort to spread awareness of cyber security and privacy in an increasingly connected world.

The modern security challenges facing law firms are more complex than ever. Regardless of its size, a firm is obligated to follow the data breach laws established in all 50 states, which require disclosure within a reasonable time following a cyber attack. This has forced law firms to take preventative measures to mitigate the risk of a breach by implementing security policies and procedures.

T-Mobile Confirms Data Breach Affects Over 47 Million People
The stolen files include personal info such as names and social security numbers. Read Article

LockBit Ransomware Gang is Now Hiring Corporate Insiders
The group is hiring corporate insiders to infiltrate and encrypt corporate networks. In exchange, these insiders-cum-partners are promised millions of dollars. Read Article

Looking at the cybersecurity headlines from the past few years, we’ve seen significant data breaches happening more frequently and increasing in severity. At the same time, the cost of cyber insurance is rapidly rising, coverage limits are shrinking, and loss exclusions are more so than ever.

The Connecticut (CT) State Legislature has enacted major changes to CT Data Breach Notification Laws, effective October 1, 2021. These changes are a direct result of the worsening threat landscape, and it is safe to say that regulations will most likely continue to be enacted at both the state and federal levels.  

IBM Report: Data-Breach Costs Hit 17-Year High of $4.24M
Data-breach costs jumped nearly 10% from an average of $3.86 million to $4.24 million per incident over the past year. Read Article

U.S. Announces New 2nd Round Cybersecurity Requirements for Critical Pipeline Owners
The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday required owners and operators of critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas to implement "urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions." Read Article