The New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) recently issued guidance for its covered entities highlighting the importance of cybersecurity as a necessary part of M&A due diligence. This guidance comes in the greater context of the Yahoo! SEC resolution to demonstrate that regulators are paying close attention to the cybersecurity risks posed by mergers. According to the NYDFS Frequently Asked Questions page, its Covered Entities are expected to conduct “a serious due diligence … Continue Reading
The new year is fast approaching. 2017 has been a year of major cyber incidents, including the Equifax breach. Cybersecurity will continue to be a top concern for companies in the new year. Avi Gesser spoke with Markets Media about his outlook for cybersecurity law and regulation in 2018.
Which hot topics/hype should be retired at the end of 2017?
The idea from 2017 that should be retired is that some new software innovation is … Continue Reading
On Halloween, the New York and Vermont attorneys general obtained a $700,000 settlement from Hilton for, among other violations, late breach notification. Earlier this week, we noted that the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) imposed a $1 million USD fine on India’s Yes Bank for violating RBI’s 2 to 6 hour data breach notification requirement. So, as we have been predicting for some time, it seems that regulators are starting to step up enforcement and … Continue Reading
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) has signaled that insurance regulators may be the first government agencies to adopt the framework for cybersecurity regulation that was recently set out in the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) cybersecurity rules, which went into effect on August 28, 2017.
The Cybersecurity (EX) Working Group and the Innovation and Technology (EX) Task Force of NAIC approved the Insurance Data Security Model Law (“Model Law”) in August … Continue Reading
Today marks the first deadline for entities regulated by the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) to comply with certain provisions of the recent NYDFS cybersecurity rules. The NYDFS cybersecurity rules taking effect is a significant event for NYDFS-regulated entities, and for any company facing cybersecurity concerns. The unique combination of (1) concrete cybersecurity requirements (e.g., access controls), (2) a senior-level certification obligation, and (3) the 72-hour notice requirement, will likely have a … Continue Reading
With about a month to go until the first set of NYDFS’s cybersecurity rules go into effect (on August 28, 2017), we are proud to announce the formal launch of the Davis Polk Cyber Breach Center. The blog will help you keep pace with industry best practices and be aware of your company’s cybersecurity obligations, including those relating to the NYDFS rules. Aside from posts about developments in cybersecurity, the blog includes information about … Continue Reading
When the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) issued its new cybersecurity rules in March, one question came up frequently: When are covered entities required to report an unsuccessful cyber attack? The rules provide that notification must be made to the NYDFS within 72 hours from a determination that a cybersecurity event has occurred that has a reasonable likelihood of materially harming normal operations, and the definition of a cybersecurity event includes an unsuccessful … Continue Reading
Three recent cybersecurity events highlight the need for companies to review their access controls to limit who has administrator privileges and how long those elevated privileges last.
First, this week, computer malware that has variously been called PetyaWrap, WannaCry2, GoldenEye and NotPetya began spreading in dozens of countries, encrypting computers and informing users that they could unlock their machines by paying a $300 ransom. Although the malware first appeared to function as ransomware, it now … Continue Reading
A new report from the Ponemon Institute indicates that less than half of the nearly 600 financial institutions surveyed expect to meet the February 2018 deadline for certification of compliance with all of the cybersecurity rules from NY DFS that are applicable to them. Of those, nearly one-quarter said there was “no chance” they would be able to do so. Notwithstanding these challenges, the DFS has indicated on the FAQ section of its website that … Continue Reading
We have issued a memo on recent proposed cybersecurity regulations by the New York State Department of Financial Services that would be more stringent than existing federal requirements for certain financial entities. The memo highlights similarities and differences between the proposed regulations and federal regulations and guidance.