Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Update

Cybersecurity FCA Whistleblowers Article

Cybersecurity FCA Whistleblowers

Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Update

In October 2021, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to combat cybersecurity vulnerabilities and cyber threats by ensuring federal contractors and grantees implement required cybersecurity standards. Whistleblowers play a critical role in the initiative. Cybersecurity fraud is often difficult for the government to detect, so the DOJ relies on insiders to report violations under the federal False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA allows whistleblowers, known as “relators,” to bring a lawsuit regarding an entity’s false claims to the United States for payment. This is known as a qui […]

New Cybersecurity Requirements For Healthcare Providers and Hospitals Article

New Cybersecurity Requirements For Healthcare Providers and Hospitals

Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Update

On December 6, 2023, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) initiated new cybersecurity requirements for hospitals in an effort to protect the healthcare sector from cyber-attacks. Hospitals and healthcare providers are particularly attractive targets for threat actors due to their size, dependence on technology, and access to data (including sensitive health-related data). Because sophisticated hackers appreciate the massive disruption and harm that an attack could cause to a healthcare provider and their data subjects, ransomware attacks are the weapon of choice for these threat actors. Gentry Locke is an experienced cybersecurity law firm that has data […]

FTC Amends Safeguards Rule Article

FTC Amends Safeguards Rule

Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Update

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on October 27th that it has expanded the scope of its financial data security rule, which will now require nonbank financial institutions – like vehicle dealers and mortgage brokers – to report data breaches. This new amendment to the FTC Safeguards Rule imposes similar reporting requirements to those already applicable to banks. Specifically, the amendment will require nonbank financial institutions to report to the FTC any data breach affecting 500 or more consumers’ data. The rule gives financial institutions 30 days to report the breach, however the FTC encourages reporting as soon as possible. […]

SEC Charges SolarWinds and Chief Information Security Officer with Fraud and Internal Cybersecurity Failures

Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Update

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against SolarWinds Corp. and its chief information security officer (CISO), accusing the publicly traded company of misleading investors as to its vulnerability to cyberattacks. SolarWinds is accused of defrauding investors by overstating its cybersecurity practices, while failing to implement appropriate internal digital safeguards and ignoring red flags for years before announcing that it was the victim of a two-year long cyber attack in December 2020. This landmark lawsuit represents the first time in an SEC cyber case that the commission has alleged that an organization intended to deceive investors. Perhaps even more […]