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Florida Follows North Carolina in Prohibiting State Agencies from Paying Ransoms

We recently wrote about North Carolina’s new law prohibiting state agencies – including public schools and universities – from paying a ransom or even communicating with a threat actor following a ransomware incident. On June 24, Florida followed suit when its governor signed HB 7055 into law, amending portions of the State Cybersecurity Act (the … Continue Reading

North Carolina is the First State to Prohibit Public Entities from Paying Ransoms: What Does This Mean for North Carolina Public Schools and Universities?

On April 5th, North Carolina became the first state to prohibit state agencies and local governments from paying ransoms after becoming victims of a ransomware attack. Indeed, in addition to prohibiting said entities from paying ransoms, North Carolina’s new law actually goes so far as to prohibit a public entity from even communicating with threat … Continue Reading

It’s Elementary: Measures that Educational Institutions Should Take to Prepare for Ransomware Attacks: Part 3

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 In the event of a ransomware attack, there are a host of legal frameworks that could potentially be implicated.  Whether those laws apply often depends on the nature of the data that the threat actor accessed and/or acquired.  In this installment, we address the laws that could be implicated … Continue Reading

It’s Elementary: Measures that Educational Institutions Should Take to Prepare for Ransomware Attacks: Part 2

PART 2 The best way to ensure that an educational institution can respond quickly and effectively to a ransomware attack and minimize any chaos and confusion that accompanies such incidents is to have an incident response plan in place to outline the procedures to be followed after ransomware has been detected.  In this posting, we … Continue Reading

It’s Elementary: Measures that Educational Institutions Should Take to Prepare for Ransomware Attacks: Part 1

PART 1 The ransomware epidemic has affected and continues to affect all industries, including healthcare, manufacturing and finance. Since 2020, however, the education industry has been targeted as much as or more than any other sector. Indeed, approximately 23 percent of the 1,250+ data security incidents that BakerHostetler helped clients manage over the past year … Continue Reading

Effective Oct. 1, 2021: Connecticut Expands Data Breach Notification Statute

On June 16, 2021, the Connecticut General Assembly adopted an expanded version of Connecticut’s data breach notification statute (2021 CT H.B. 5310 (NS)). Through this expansion, Connecticut’s data breach notification statute will be updated, effective Oct. 1, 2021, to (1) broaden the definition of “personal information,” (2) shorten the amount of time within which businesses … Continue Reading

New EDPB Draft Guidance Provides Practical Scenarios for Data Breach Notification Analysis Under the GDPR

In certain cases, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires entities that experience a personal data breach to provide notice of the incident to relevant national supervisory authorities and the individuals whose personal data was compromised. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) — a board of representative members from each of the European national supervisory … Continue Reading

Healthcare Providers Remain Targets for Ransomware Attacks in the Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic

Although it was widely reported that several ransomware threat actor groups have pledged to not target healthcare providers until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, BakerHostetler’s Digital Assets and Data Management Practice Group and Healthcare Privacy and Compliance team continue to see ransomware attacks launched against healthcare providers. In order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare … Continue Reading
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