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State Securities Regulators in Massachusetts and Illinois Survey Investment Advisors on Cybersecurity Practices

Picking up on the SEC’s initiative to assess cybersecurity preparedness discussed here previously, state securities regulators in Massachusetts and Illinois sent to investment advisors registered in their respective states a survey on their cybersecurity practices.

The Massachusetts surveys were sent on June 3 and a response is due on June 24. William F. Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth, whose jurisdiction includes the Massachusetts Securities Division,… More

On or off? Setting Defaults for Privacy Online

Interesting post by my colleague Vivek Krishnamurthy, on our Corporate Social Responsibility blog, about how software companies should set the default privacy settings on their products. 

How should software companies set the default privacy settings on their products? Microsoft’s announcement earlier this month that the next version of its Internet Explorer web browser will ship with its "Do Not Track" functionality switched on has sparked a lively debate on this very issue.… More

Is Public-Private Information Sharing Needed to Respond to the Massive Increase in Cyber Attacks?

Interesting article in Friday’s Wall Street Journal on potential cybersecurity legislation to improve information sharing between industry and government.  Perhaps the best part of the article is the citation of statistics from Symantec’s annual Internet Security Threat Report:  Trends for 2009 and 2010 on how many customer has updates Symantec sent out to address new attacks customers were facing:

  • 2002:  20,254 updates
  • 2003:  19,159 updates
  • 2004:  74,981 updates
  • 2005:  113,081 updates
  • 2006:  167,069 updates
  • 2007:  708,742 updates
  • 2008:  1,691,323 updates
  • 2009:  2,895,802 updates
  • 2010:  10,000,000 updates
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FTC Tells Businesses, Schools and Local Governments: Stop Sharing Personal Information On Peer-To-Peer Filesharing Networks

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced yesterday that it had notified "almost 100" companies and organizations, including schools and local governments, that sensitive personal information from those entities was being shared across peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing networks. This has apparently resulted in circulation of customer personal information, health information, Social Security numbers and other sensitive data. 

Poorly supervised use of P2P networks have frequently been the subject of unwanted attention,… More