Blog Posts Tagged "data breach"
Lessons from Equifax: Preventing and Responding to Cyberattacks on Your Business
Posted on Nov 27, 2017 by BY TURNER PADGET LITIGATION TEAM
The recent cyberattack on the credit reporting agency, Equifax, is being called one of the worst data breaches ever. The incident potentially compromised the personal information of 145 million Americans, including nearly half of South Carolina residents.
An industry report counts more than 1,000 data breaches last year at U.S. businesses and governmental agencies, a 40% increase over 2015. On average, a breach will cost a business $7 million, according to research.
A data breach is both a technical and legal problem. With so much at stake, what can businesses do to prepare for inevitable cyberattacks, limit their potential liability and protect their customers’ sensitive data? continue reading
It’s Time To Get Your Cybersecurity Plan In Place
Posted on Feb 10, 2017 by BY TURNER PADGET LITIGATION TEAM
Cybersecurity threats pose risks to every type of business. As our dependence on technology has increased, the opportunities for data to fall into the wrong hands are all around.
Every business has some understanding of the dangers of dealing with sensitive data. We’ve heard the horror stories. Hospitals have been held hostage by hackers demanding ransom in exchange for restoring access to electronic files. Data files stolen from retailers have resulted in millions of compromised credit card accounts. Threats include any way fraudsters can use your information to make a buck.
Think of a cybersecurity plan in the same way as a plan you would prepare for any other emergency. Businesses take preventative steps to avoid fires, accidents and other catastrophic events and have plans for how to respond when an emergency comes up. Fire drills, safety procedures and incident response teams can help protect businesses from physical threats. Data breaches may be more difficult to detect initially, but they can have a similar disruptive effect on your business – and on the bottom line. continue reading
Avoid These Legal Snares in 2016
Posted on Mar 18, 2016 by BY TURNER PADGET LITIGATION TEAM
We always like to look ahead and advise our business clients about legal issues that may receive more attention throughout the year. Some are pushed to the forefront by public policy and politics – immigration, for example. Other issues, such as data protection and workplace harassment training, always are important, but the beginning of the year is a good time to review whether your business follows best practices. continue reading
Avoid Data Security Class Actions: Know Your Legal Obligations
Posted on Sep 18, 2014 by TURNER PADGET LITIGATION TEAM
Data privacy and data security class actions are on the rise. Some have called privacy claims the “next frontier in consumer class actions.” Legal issues are still being hammered out as to who can successfully file claims and what kind of injury they have to assert to make it past class action legal hurdles. continue reading