Shawn E. Tuma

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Cybersecurity Legal Issues: What you really need to know (slides)

In Corporate Governance, Cyber Issues, Cybersecurity Law, Data Breach, Media, Privacy on September 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Shawn Tuma delivered the presentation Cybersecurity Legal Issues: What you really need to know at a Cybersecurity Summit sponsored by the Tarleton State University School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies’ Institute for Homeland Security, Cybercrime and International Criminal Justice. The presentation was on September 13, 2016 at the George Bush Institue. The following are the slides from Tuma’s presentation — a video of the presentation will be posted soon!

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Cybersecurity Incident Response Checklist

In Cyber Issues, Cybersecurity Law, Data Breach, Digital Information Law on September 8, 2016 at 8:30 am

Business leaders, when people like me tell you that having a cybersecurity incident in your company is like being in a building on fire, we are not exaggerating. Take a look at the following checklist (note, this is not an incident response plan!) while keeping in mind that over half of the items on that checklist should be performed almost simultaneously within hours of learning that your company has had a data breach.

While this is not an exhaustive list, these are the items that most often need to be performed in the cases in which I guide clients through the incident response and remediation process. Of course there will be exceptions, additions, and omissions — take this for what it is, a starting point. Finally, note that the picture below is an image of the checklist and is blurry — you can download the original here.

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Shawn Tuma (@shawnetuma) is a business lawyer with an internationally recognized reputation in cybersecurity, computer fraud, and data privacy law. He is a Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Partner at Scheef & Stone, LLP, a full-service commercial law firm in Texas that represents businesses of all sizes throughout the United States and, through its Mackrell International network, around the world.

 

 

Computer Use Policies – Are Your Company’s Illegal According to the NLRB?

In Corporate Governance, Cybersecurity Law, Digital Information Law, Regulatory on May 19, 2016 at 8:00 am

4c00b10767cf8a5c15a4cde1b4c4f0a4_f120The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has continued its assault on businesses and their ability to legitimately protect their computer systems and information against unauthorized non-business use by employees.

A few weeks ago, I wrote 3 Important Points on Computer Policies in which I stressed (1) why your company must have them but (2) that such policy must comply with the NLRB’s Purple Communications case. The NLRB has struck again.

On May 3, 2016, an NLRB Administrative Law Judge struck down as overbroad a Computer Use Policy in Ceasars Entertainment Corporation d/b/a Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino (NLRB Docket Sheet). The policy, titled Use of Company Systems, Equipment, and Resources, was part of the company handbook and stated that computer resources may not be used to do several things that were listed out and is standard in many similar policies. The NLRB decision (Decision) found that prohibitions against the following was illegal:

  • Share confidential information with the general public, including discussing the company, its financial results or prospects, or the performance or value of company stock by using an internet message board to post any message, in whole or in part, or by engaging in an internet or online chatroom
  • Convey or display anything fraudulent, pornographic, abusive, profane, offensive, libelous or slanderous
  • Send chain letters or other forms of non-business information
  • Solicit for personal gain or advancement of personal views
  • Violate rules or policies of the Company

The NLRB found that prohibiting the conduct mentioned above made the policy overbroad and could effectively limit employees’ use of their employer’s email system to engage in Section 7 communications during nonworking time. Because of that, it found the employer has engaged in an unfair labor practice prohibited by the National Labor Relations Act.

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Shawn Tuma (@shawnetuma) is a business lawyer with an internationally recognized reputation in cybersecurity, computer fraud and data privacy law. He is a Cybersecurity & Data Protection Partner at Scheef & Stone, LLP, a full-service commercial law firm in Texas that represents businesses of all sizes throughout the United States and, through its Mackrell International network, around the world.

Cyber Law Update on #DtSR Podcast with Los, Santarcangelo and Tuma

In Cybersecurity Law, Digital Information Law on May 18, 2016 at 4:26 pm

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Shawn Tuma was a guest the Down the Security Rabbithole podcast where he and hosts Rafal Los (@Wh1t3Rabbit) and Michael Santarcangelo (@Catalyst) discussed recent events in the world of cyber law. Read the rest of this entry »

Four Security Issues All Business Contracts Should Address

In Cybersecurity Law, Digital Information Law on May 9, 2016 at 8:55 am

Note: this article was previously posted on Norse’s DarkMatters.

A recent lawsuit provides a nice case study for how businesses’ contracts can play a critical role in their cybersecurity strategy. Before the court is this question: Who was responsible for maintaining cybersecurity safeguards for a bank’s website, the bank or the company that designed and hosted the website? Read the rest of this entry »

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