Is ransomware the coronavirus of the cyber world?

The coronavirus is an epidemic in the world today. Ransomware is an epidemic in the cyber world today. We are told that, if we start using better personal hygiene -- like washing our hands -- we can help minimize the risk of the nasty coronavirus. If nothing else positive comes from this epidemic, hopefully, the … Continue reading Is ransomware the coronavirus of the cyber world?

Explaining Third Party Cyber Risk and the Role of Contracts to Business Lawyers

This morning I am in Austin, TX about to speak to a room full of business lawyers about the importance of understanding and managing third party cyber risk and the role that contracts have in this process. I recognize that they are not aspiring to be cyber or privacy lawyers and have plenty to keep … Continue reading Explaining Third Party Cyber Risk and the Role of Contracts to Business Lawyers

Healthcare Providers – Are You Prepared for Hackers to Tell Your Patients About Your Ransomware and Data Breach?

If you are a healthcare provider, you need to prepare yourself now for the new reality that, when hackers get into your network, they will contact your patients to put pressure on you to pay their ransom demands — usually after they have encrypted your network. Here is an example from a recent case that … Continue reading Healthcare Providers – Are You Prepared for Hackers to Tell Your Patients About Your Ransomware and Data Breach?

Is #ShameHacking Coming Next? Hackers Breach Search Engine for Japanese Sex Hotels

Life is short - it is shorter when hackers tell your spouse Shame hacking -- the use, or threatened use, of purportedly hacked data for embarrassing or extorting people by threatening to expose such compromising data if they do not comply with the demands made of them -- is a thing. A search engine for … Continue reading Is #ShameHacking Coming Next? Hackers Breach Search Engine for Japanese Sex Hotels

2 Decades Later: Cyber Risk Isn’t Y2K–It Is An Unsolved Risk That You Must Take Seriously

12/31/19 Two decades ago to the day, I sat right here in my home study and thought about how my career as a cyber incident responder was surely about to blast off. Though I had only been licensed to practice law for under two months, I just knew this subject matter was it -- my … Continue reading 2 Decades Later: Cyber Risk Isn’t Y2K–It Is An Unsolved Risk That You Must Take Seriously