Texas Super Lawyers Honors Shawn Tuma

Shawn Tuma has been recognized by Texas Super Lawyers as one of the top Intellectual Property Litigation Attorneys in Texas for 2015.

Mr. Tuma’s integrity, intensity, and drive for excellence have helped him become a nationally recognized thought-leader in cybersecurity, computer fraud, and information law.

In addition to being recognized by Texas Super Lawyers, Mr. Tuma was recently honored by being named one of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas for Digital Information Law.

To compile the list, Texas Super Lawyers solicits nominations from more than 70,000 attorneys across Texas. A blue-ribbon panel of lawyers then assists with final selections, which represent no more than 5 percent of Texas attorneys. The list is published in the October issues of Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines and appears online at http://www.superlawyers.com/texas.

Cover the Basics for Securing Your Network — Shawn Tuma’s Book Contribution

Securing Your NetworkShawn Tuma authored a section for an eBook published by Fortinet Security. You can read Tuma’s section, Cover the Basics, as well as download the complete eBook at this link: Cover the Basics- by Shawn E. Tuma | MightyGuides.com

Is your business prepared to respond this quickly to a data breach?

Customers and the public expect a very quick response to a data breach — within a matter of a few days. That is the new standard. If your business is not prepared ahead of time for such a response, it will be impossible. Your business needs a response plan in place with all of the key players on the team, vetted and tested, well before the breach occurs.

At one popular panel, “A Brave New World: Cybersecurity and Data Protection in the Wake of Recent Corp­orate Attacks,” lawyers learned that their customers and the public expect a rapid-fire response to cybersecurity attacks.Moderator Miriam Wugmeister, a New York partner at Morrison & Foer­ster, cited Target Corp.’s notification of 40 million people in four days after its 2013 data breach. Target is a client of the firm. “That’s where the bar has been set,” Wugmeister said.

Source: In-House Anxiety Over Cybersecurity | National Law Journal

Attackers potentially gained access to customers' personal information (shutterstock)

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield’s big data breach and the security lessons we all need to learn

Guest Post by Debbie Fletcher

There are two possible conversations that could be kicked off by the news of the major data breach at Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield in which more than 10 million customer accounts were exposed. The first possible conversation is about internet security and what businesses and organizations of all sizes need to be doing in order to better protect the customers that have entrusted them with personal and financial information. The second possible conversation is about whether or not it is technically ironic that Blue Shield failed to prevent an attack.

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Would increasing CFAA penalties via the CISA Amendment really even help? I don’t think so.

As the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is making its way through the Senate, it has stirred up more controversy with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s proposed amendment to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), that he argues, would give law enforcement more tools to fight hackers. The Amendment would provide for increased sentences (up to 20 years) of those who harm computers connected to “critical infrastructure.”

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