Lawmakers calling for open government have a saying that "sunlight is the greatest disinfectant," arguing that when government has to disclose what it's doing, voters can better hold it accountable. It seems the same holds true for disclosure of enterprise security breaches.The latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, updated April 28, shows that as more states and other global jurisdictions adopt laws requiring enterprises to notify the public of security breaches, the number of breaches attributed to negligence has declined significantly. The report shows that the number of reported breaches attributed to negligence dropped to just 34 in the second half of 2009 from 110 in the first half of 2008. At the same time, the number of breaches attributed to "attacks," such as hacking or installations of malware on a network, remained relatively constant over that same period at about 20 incidents.Today, 46 states, the Distrtict of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have … [Read more...] about Disclosure laws push companies to improve security
Puerto rico law
Happy New Year to all our readers. I’m not a lawyer but I play one on TV. But seriously!This is an article I have been meaning to write ever since we performed an IT audit for a large law firm a year or so ago. The firm was responding to the HIPAA law that requires all third-party vendors working with healthcare organizations to have a Risk Assessment. This further proves my point that most businesses won’t do much in the area of cyber security or compliance, not even an IT risk assessment unless required by law.It’s hard to believe that even at this stage with countless breaches over the past few years Target, Sony, Anthem, OPM, Yahoo and so on. It’s no longer a matter of if you will be breached, but rather a matter of when or have you already been breached and you just don’t know it. Every person, SMB or large corporation that has an internet connection is vulnerable. So every connected device on the internet must meet minimum compliance standards and … [Read more...] about Law firms subject to same cyber risk as others, but is compliance required?
By Thomas Zeno and Lindsay Holmes AvMed recently paid $3.5 million to settle a data breach lawsuit in which class members could not prove actual damage. Will your organization be next? Plaintiffs' lawyers, as well as federal and state governments, are likely to file "unjust enrichment" claims against organizations that do not ensure safe transmission and storage of personal data. Whether your organization handles financial or medical data, the price of IT compliance may be high, but the price of non-compliance is even higher. In 2009, AvMed, a Florida-based health insurer, reported the theft of two laptops containing unencrypted personal information of more than 1.2 million customers, including names, social security numbers, and health-related information. Class action litigation began in 2010. Based on the October 2013 settlement agreement, AvMed is required to implement data security measures it should have had in the first place, including mandatory … [Read more...] about Data security laws and penalties: Pay IT now or pay out later
Walmart and Puerto Rico are entering a feud over what the company is calling "onerous and unconstitutional" tax increases. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock It was such a dramatic tax increase the Walmart is estimating that they will have to pay nearly 92% of its net income within Puerto Rico in taxes - over three times what Walmart would pay elsewhere. This is due, in part, to the fact that Puerto Rico is extremely short on cash (they are over $70 billion in debt) and has accused Walmart of causing even more problems because it isn't paying its fair share of taxes.Part of the plan to dig their way out of that debt is to double the taxes on big companies like Walmart that get their supplies from off the island. According to CNN Money, the tax only applies to companies that make over $2.75 billion a year."No government should be permitted to drive a company -- the largest private employer -- out of business through a special tax applicable at its highest … [Read more...] about Walmart Vs. Puerto Rico?
Sears announced today some details about the Sears Holiday sales including the Sears Black Friday 2015 store hours. Sears stores open from 6pm on Thanksgiving Day until 2am. The stores re-open from 5am to 10pm on Black Friday, Nov. 27.Sears stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and Puerto Rico will not be open on Thanksgiving Day, as per their respective state laws. Stores in Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts will open at 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 27. Puerto Rico stores will open at midnight on Nov. 27. In addition, stores in some jurisdictions may have different hours of operation if required by local law. Sears highlights the shopping conveniences the retailer offers including In-Vehicle Pickup, and a holiday campaign featuring Santa and his iconic sleigh."Sears first introduced Buy Online Pickup In-Store 14 years ago and changed the game. We continue to bring new services to our members that let them shop wherever and however they choose," said Joelle Maher, President and Chief … [Read more...] about Sears Black Friday 2015 Sale Starts 6pm Thanksgiving Day In Stores
Early access Black Friday 2014 sales are the big thing this year. These sales event already get you access to Black Friday 2014 deals early. This way you can already get some Black Friday deal hunting out of the way.Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Store will host a VIP Shopping Party sales event on November 22. You get $25 off your purchase of $75 or more. Some items are excluded like the Xbox One, Microsoft Band and the Microsoft Surface. See the fine print below.Microsoft is also offer ing a so called VIP price guarantee. If Microsoft is offering any item at a lower price before December 31, 2014, you get the difference refunded. There are also some exclusions. The VIP price guarantee is valid 11/18/2014 through 12/31/2014 for pricing guarantees on purchases made on 11/18 VIP shopping day. Door buster deals, including but not limited to 12 days of deals, excluded. Non-transferable; void where prohibited. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any … [Read more...] about Microsoft VIP Early Black Friday Sale Announced For November 22
When the Dell Black Friday 2015 Ad leaked, a $299.99 Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle, with free Fallout 4 and extra controller has stunned Black Friday shoppers. Microsoft is getting very close to the Dell Black Friday Xbox One deal already this weekend. The Microsoft store sells online select Xbox One consoles with three free games. Only one of the games is set and the other two can be chosen freely. I put together for instance a Xbox One Gears of War Bundle with the set Assassin's Creed Unity Game ($29.99 value), Halo 5: Guardians ($59.99) and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ($59.99). The whole package sells for $349.The overall saving of the Microsoft Store Xbox One deal are $150. The Dell Xbox One deal advertised in the company's Black Friday ad saves $170. The Microsoft deal has though the advantage to choose different console bundles and two games. The Dell Xbox One Black Friday deal is locked into the Gears of War Bundle, Fallout 4 and an extra controller.Also … [Read more...] about Microsoft Offers Xbox One Console With Free Halo 5, Black Ops 3 And Assassin’s Creed
In a first, astronomers have traced the source of a mysterious radio signal to a dwarf galaxy more than three billion light years from Earth. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock The "sporadically repeating milliseconds-long signal" is one of the rare and brief bursts of cosmic radio waves that have puzzled astronomers since they were first detected nearly a decade ago.The new information rules out several suggested explanations for the source of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) including one that suggested the signal could be coming from within or near our own Milky Way galaxy."We now know that this particular burst comes from a dwarf galaxy more than three billion light-years from Earth," said lead author Shami Chatterjee of Cornell University."That simple fact is a huge advance in our understanding of these events," Chatterjee, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology -Madras, added.Fast Radio Bursts are highly-energetic, but very short-lived … [Read more...] about Mysterious FRB Signal Traced To Distant Dwarf Galaxy
More than four million small businesses nationwide are eligible this year for tax credits created by the Affordable Care Act this year, which will help companies afford the ever-rising cost of health insurance. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has teamed up with advocacy group Small Business Majority to hold a series of free educational webinars that will tell small businesses how to reap these benefits.SBA regional administrators and hosts from Small Business Majority will host a series of webinars broken down by region and state April 11 to 14 to explain how the Affordable Care Act affects the small business community and, specifically, how they can claim the new tax credit. There will also be a national webinar that focuses on women small business owners.The one-hour events will cover a variety of topics, including small business tax credits — who’s eligible and how to claim them, state insurance exchanges , high-risk pools, shared responsibility, cost containment … [Read more...] about Free Webinar Series Explains Small Business Health Care Tax Credits
Growing up in a family-owned business, my brother Robin and I learned old-fashioned customer service values from a young age. We looked for business ventures when we were younger, but decided to put our entrepreneurial spirits aside and pursue careers as firefighters.Eventually, we realized that our love for cooking and dream of owning our own business was something we wanted to finally become a reality. After going back to the drawing board and hitting a few interesting business ventures along the way – rock 'n' roll, real estate, wedding videographer and yes, even a Christmas tree farm, the stars — or should we say subs — aligned: The idea of Firehouse Subs was born on a napkin one day in a competitor's parking lot.We opened our very first restaurant in 1994 in our hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. To say it was a huge leap of faith for my brother and me is an understatement. I was still a firefighter at the time and Robin put all of his focus on the restaurant. … [Read more...] about Feeding the Entrepreneurial Fire: From Firefighters to Restaurateurs