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U.S. data breaches reached record high in 2016: Report
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India’s top court asks WhatsApp, Facebook to please explain over privacy policy
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Alarming number of Enterprise Cloud Services aren’t enterprise ready
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Cookies, Directories, Advertising and Personal Data: New EU Rules on Privacy in Electronic Communications
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Event: Learn With Us – Update on Cybersecurity
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AMCHAM Cyber Security Panel Luncheon
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Westpac Acquires Cyber Security Firm

U.S. data breaches reached record high in 2016: Report

By Cameron Abbott 

According to a report highlighting findings from the Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout:

• Data breaches in the U.S. reached an all-time high in 2016, with the number of breaches tracked reaching 1,093, a 40% increase from the year earlier;
• The financial services industry accounted for only 52 of the breaches, or 4.8%, making it the least hit of the five industries tracked. Business, healthcare, education and the government and military were hacked more than the financial services industry;
• For the eighth consecutive year, hacking, skimming and phishing were the main drivers of data breaches, representing 55.5% of all reported incidents. Many were due to CEO phishing in which sensitive data is exposed;
• While consumers and businesses are constantly warned to pay close attention to their email, breaches that used email and the internet as a way to hack people only accounted for 9.2% of all the hacks, while employee error was responsible for 8.7% of the hacks.

This isn’t the first data set to show that data breaches surged in 2016. According to Gemalto’s Breach Level Index, in the first six months of 2016, data breaches rose 15%, and the number of compromised data records jumped 31% compared to the previous six months. The findings also revealed that 64% of all data breaches involve identity and personal data theft.

India’s top court asks WhatsApp, Facebook to please explain over privacy policy

By Cameron Abbott and Allison Wallace

A petition to challenge messenger service WhatsApp’s privacy policy in India is gaining momentum, with the Supreme Court this week issuing notices to WhatsApp, its owner Facebook, and the telecom regulator TRAI to respond to the court within two weeks.

The petitioners are incensed over WhatsApp’s changes to its privacy policy in September last year, which saw it begin sharing users information with Facebook, including their phone numbers. Those who didn’t agree with the new policy were given the option to “opt out” by deleting the app. This announcement came two years after WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook. Read More

Alarming number of Enterprise Cloud Services aren’t enterprise ready

By Cameron Abbott and Allison Wallace

A new report has revealed 95% of cloud services used by enterprises aren’t enterprise ready.

The January 2017 Netskope Cloud Report reveals a staggering 82% don’t encrypt data at rest, 66 per cent don’t specify in their terms that the customer owns their own data, and 42% don’t allow administrators to enforce password controls.

Of malware found in cloud services, backdoors were the most common (43.2%), with others including adware (9.8%), Javascript malware (8.1%) and ransomware (7.4%).

The report also shows an increase in the use of cloud services – with an average of 1031 cloud services in use per enterprise, up from 977 in the previous quarter. The retail, restaurant and hospitality industry was the biggest user of cloud services (1193), followed by financial services, banking and insurance (1132).

Cookies, Directories, Advertising and Personal Data: New EU Rules on Privacy in Electronic Communications

By Cameron Abbott and Allison Wallace

With the EU heading full throttle towards the implementation of new data protection regulations in May 2018, there has been a lot of buzz around the impact the regulations will have, not only on day-to-day life, but other existing regulations.

One of these regulations is the Directive 2002/58/EC aka the ePrivacy Directive, which has been urgently reviewed ahead of the data protection regulations being implemented.

Brussels partner Ignasi Guardans has detailed the review and its implications here.

Event: Learn With Us – Update on Cybersecurity

2016 is shaping up to be another big year for developments in cybersecurity and privacy.

We finally expect to see mandatory data breach reporting laws introduced into Australia; there are continuing developments in relation to the US/EU “Safe Harbor” framework and its proposed replacement the “Privacy Shield”; ever-growing connectivity between “Internet of Things” devices; hackable cars; self-driving cars; and of course our favourite topic, drones.

Not to mention the increasing usefulness of data analytics and the steady migration of data into the “cloud”, along with data breaches that have become too prolific to list.

Join Cameron Abbott, Partner, and Rob Pulham, Senior Associate, in our Melbourne office Thursday 14 April 2016 12.45pm to 2.00pm for our annual update on all things cybersecurity and privacy, where we will:

  • highlight some of the key developments over the past 12 months
  • consider how your business should be placed to handle issues that are regularly arising in practice
  • look forward to the (near) future and what it may bring.

Lunch will be provided. We hope you can join us – please register here.

CPD/CLE points:
You can claim one substantive law CLE point for your attendance at this session.

AMCHAM Cyber Security Panel Luncheon

K&L Gates partner, Cameron Abbott will feature as part of panel of professionals active in the Cyber industry at an American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) luncheon on Wednesday 28 October 2015.

The panel will discuss developments in the world of cyber security, the intent of the mandatory data-breach scheme and the far reaching impact that cyber security breaches can have on a business’s reputation and value.

The session will be moderated by Dr Tobias Feakin, Senior Analyst and Director, International Cyber Policy Centre.

For full details of the event and to register click here

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