Topic Archives: Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

FY 2018 Forecasts: Winds Shifting on Data Security, Industry Consolidation, and DOJ Enforcement Efforts

In the second of our series about what to watch for in government contracts in fiscal year 2018, we focus on Cybersecurity, Cloud-Based Services, Employment Regulations, M&A, FCA enforcement, and Block Chain. For a more in-depth discussion of current trends, please join us for our inaugural MoForward event on October 26, 2017 at the Tysons Corner ...›

MOFO Event: MoForward 2018

Please join Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts Group for our inaugural MOFOrward event on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton – a collaboration between our deep government contracts bench and our colleagues who have led the government’s and industry’s most significant enforcement and response teams. This full-day program will offer practical, ...›

September 11, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Cross-Device Tracking: A Morrison & Foerster Data Protection Masterclass Webinar

The number of consumers using multiple devices—from smartphones to tablets to laptop computers—has exploded in recent years and continues to grow globally. Companies are increasingly turning to new technologies in an attempt to ascertain that multiple devices are connected to the same person for a variety of purposes, such as fraud prevention, providing a more ...›

Cybersecurity
June 27, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Cry, Cry Again: More Global Ransomware Attacks Reported

It is being widely reported that a new wave of cyberattacks is currently hitting companies and governments. The attack has spread around the globe in a matter of hours, affecting the Ukrainian government, Russian enterprises, and other companies throughout Western Europe. Just like the WannaCry ransomware that struck worldwide in May, the new attacks apparently ...›

June 26, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

German Parliament Enacts Wide-ranging Surveillance Powers Allowing End User Devices to Be Hacked by Authorities

On June 22, 2017, the German Parliament passed a bill that, among other things, awards extensive surveillance powers to law enforcement authorities. The new law, once in force, will allow law enforcement to covertly install software on end user devices allowing the interception of ongoing communications via Internet services such as WhatsApp or Skype. These ...›

Cybersecurity
June 1, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

MoFo and ACC Seminar: Intellectual Property and Data Rights in Government Contracting

On June 14, 2017, Morrison & Foerster partners Jay DeVecchio and Tina Reynolds will participate in a Government Contractors Forum Boot Camp on Intellectual Property and Data Rights in Government Contracting sponsored by Association of Corporate Counsel, National Capital Region. Their panel will provide practice pointers and practical considerations for contractors that offer their software ...›

Cybersecurity
May 23, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

The ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack could have been prevented. Here’s what businesses need to know.

By now everyone has heard about last week’s unprecedented cyber attack, in which a piece of ransomware known as “WannaCry” wreaked havoc across the world, impacting more than 150 countries and crippling hundreds of organizations—from global businesses to government entities and even Britain’s National Health Service. As the attack made abundantly clear, the public and ...›

Cybersecurity
March 29, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Can Border Agents Search Your Phone?

There have been numerous reports from individuals entering the U.S. of border agents searching their phones and laptop computers. Many of those individuals are U.S. citizens. Although these events have been in the news recently and appear to be on the rise, this practice is not new. According to CNN, quoting a U.S. customs agency ...›

Cybersecurity
March 2, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Cybersecurity and Government Contracting

Recent highly publicized cyber hacks and data leaks have brought increased federal government interest and involvement in cybersecurity matters related to government contractors. In 2016 we saw a new crop of cyber-related regulations, including the FAR clause for “Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information”, the NARA final rule on Controlled Unclassified Information, and revised DFARS regulations ...›