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May 2017 Alert: Ransomware

To all clients and friends of Capsicum Group, LLC: On Friday, the world was hit with one of the most significant, widespread and coordinated ransomware attacks: “WannaCry” aka “WannaCrypt.” Ransomware is a malicious cyber hacker program that locks data up and encrypts data – making it inaccessible to the owner – until a ransom is paid or the data / system is restored. The ransom is typically requested in Bitcoin, an anonymized form of digital currency, and WannaCry is requesting …

Capsicum Went to Rio by Way of a Telehealth App

If you’re like us, your free time these past few weeks has been spent watching the 2016 Olympics. We never fail to be incredibly impressed by the precision, speed, strength, agility and overall prowess on display by the world’s top athletes. But as we became acutely aware after working with one recent client, the Olympics aren’t just about great athletics. Great medicine, too, plays a significant role in the Olympics, an event that continues to drive medical innovation. Just as …

Summertime Security Tips

As the weather heats up, the kids switch from school to summer camp, and the adults look forward to some well-deserved beach/lake/pool time. Unfortunately hackers don’t take vacation and they may actually have more time on their hands to wreak havoc – so we have some quick summertime security tips to protect your workplace and family from cybercrime: When you’re out of the office on vacation, and using a webcam to monitor your home – make sure you register it, …

Think You Can Get Away Without a Code Review? Think Again.

When discussing security options with our clients, we frequently hear them dismiss code review as an unnecessary extra. However, that perception couldn’t be further from the truth. Code review, a process in which software code is inspected for vulnerabilities before, during and after its implementation, is a necessary part of any cybersecurity strategy, especially if your company is about to implement a new program.   Although code writers are often brilliant scientists and artists, they may not be security specialists, …

Cell Phone Encryption – What’s Your Call?

When you read a letter or post that starts… “A Message to Our Customers – This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake” – as does the letter Apple’s CEO Tim Cook recently released urging consumer involvement in the discussion regarding privacy right – do you read on or move on? Capsicum Group urges you to read on, be informed, and render your opinion regarding this …

The Future of Intrusion Detection

In 2013, networks had to contend with 80 million malware threats. In 2014, the number of new threats rose to 140 million. Furthermore, as recent attacks by hacker organizations Equation Group and Carbanak demonstrate, the new influx of malware is as undetectable as ever. Clearly, the proliferation of cyber threats shows no sign of abating, and strongholds of sensitive data must contend with them. Given the exponential growth of intelligent malware, this is a difficult task, but not impossible. The …

What The OPM Hack Means for Data Security and Privacy

Last month, reports flooded in that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), a federal agency that (amongst other things) manages the data of millions of government workers, had been hacked sometime in May of this year. It was one of the largest reported government data breaches in history, though by no means the first for the federal government or even the OPM. More disturbing is the fact that the breach—suspected to be the work of hackers based in China—may have …

Cybersecurity and Related Legal Trends – A Successful CLE

Capsicum’s Leeza Garber, Esq. presented alongside Montgomery McCracken’s Michael Hayes and David Brown for a CLE on Cybersecurity and Related Legal Trends. The vibrant discussion centered on cyberattacks and why they are such a hot issue; how to guide your clients through a data breach; the landscape of existing federal and state laws you must consider in connection with cybersecurity and the potential impact of pending federal legislation on your cybersecurity and data breach notification responsibilities; recent federal cybersecurity enforcement …

Capsicum’s Leeza Garber Esq. Writes for Legal Intelligencer Cybersecurity Supplement

Capsicum’s Leeza Garber authored an article in The Legal Intelligencer entitled “Cybersecurity Threat-Sharing in the Legal Community”. The original article is available here. The White House and Congress have been rushing to determine how to best handle the cybersecurity risks that have been growing at an increasing rate around the United States and the world. Each new hack, malware, virus, phishing attack, network flaw and cyberincident adds to the flame that has been intensifying and forcing a clear legislative response. …

Capsicum’s Leeza Garber, Esq. Presents for Temple Law Alumni Association

On June 8, Capsicum’s Leeza Garber, Esq. spoke for a large group of Temple Law Alumni for the Temple Law Alumni Association’s Annual Membership Meeting. Leeza spoke alongside Duncan Hollis (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Temple Law) and Jeffrey Vagle (Law School Professor at the University of Pennsylvania) regarding cybersecurity issues that law firms face for a CLE presentation entitled “Cybersecurity 101: Protect Your Practice Against Hack Attacks.” The Temple Law Alumni Association held the meeting at Blank Rome …