California to Require Data Brokers to Register with Attorney General in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 11, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a measure relating to privacy – Assembly Bill 1202 (A.B. 1202) – that will require “data brokers” that collect and sell personal information about consumers with whom they have no direct relationship to register with California’s Attorney General …

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Report Finds Two-Thirds of Companies Had Data Breach Due to Insider Threat

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The annual 2019 Global Data Exposure Report released by leading data loss prevention (DLP) solution provider Code42 found that over two-thirds of organizations – 69 percent – said they suffered a data breach due to an insider threat and confirmed they had a DLP solution in place …

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Taking Place in October 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Held every October, the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. The overarching theme of …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Successfully Completes SOC 2 Type 2 Data Security Audit for 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider – has announced that independent auditors conducting an SSAE 18 SOC 2® (Service Organization Control) Type 2 audit of ESR’s operations for the six month testing period of January 2019 through June 2019 have issued ESR a …

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Report Finds 2019 on Track to Be Another “Worst Year on Record” for Data Breach Activity

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 15, 2019, Risk Based Security (RBS) released its 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report that showed 2019 was on track to be another “worst year on record” for data breach activity, with over 3,800 incidents reported in the first six months of the year. Compared …

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New York Passes SHIELD Act to Protect New Yorkers Against Data Breaches

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 25, 2019, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act or SHIELD Act (S.5575B/A.5635) into law to protect New Yorkers against data breaches by imposing stronger obligations on businesses handling private customer data to provide proper notification …

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CFPB and FTC Announce $700 Million Settlement with Equifax Over 2017 Data Breach

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 22, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico announced a settlement with Equifax that will provide up to $700 million in monetary relief and penalties for a data breach in …

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Massachusetts Data Breach Notification Law Amendments Take Effect April 11

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 11, 2019, amendments passed in 2018 by the Massachusetts legislature to the Data Breach Notification Law will take effect and impose additional requirements on companies covered by the law that suffer a data breach involving the personal information of Massachusetts residents.

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GAO Report Recommends Stronger Oversight of CRAs to Protect Consumers against Data Breaches

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 29, 2019, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee Elijah Cummings (D-MD) released the findings of a report entitled “Actions Needed to Strengthen Oversight of Consumer Reporting Agencies” that focused on federal regulation of consumer reporting agencies …

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Survey Reveals Nine Out of Ten IT and Security Professionals Feel Vulnerable to Insider Threats

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report entitled “State of Insider Threats in the Digital Workplace 2019” released by SaaS (Software as a Service) Operations Management platform BetterCloud has revealed that 91 percent of IT (Information Technology) and security professionals surveyed feel vulnerable to insider threats.

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