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Cyber Actors and Criminals: Two Cybersecurity Updates from the FBI

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spike in businesses teleworking to communicate and share information over the internet. With this knowledge, malicious cyber actors are looking for ways to exploit telework software vulnerabilities in order to obtain sensitive information, eavesdrop on conference calls or virtual meetings, or conduct other malicious activities. While telework software provides individuals, businesses, and academic institutions with a mechanism to work remotely, users should consider the risks associated with them and apply cyber best practices to protect critical information, safeguard user privacy, and prevent eavesdropping.

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Ransomware, Ryuk, and Risk: Beginning to Understand the Epic Attack on Epiq

According to Shyam Oza, Director of Product Management at Spanning, “The best way to protect your business from Ryuk is to avoid it. Avoidance comes when employees are educated in the matters of ransomware. Some employees do not receive the training, some do, and some know it all too well. Yet, human errors seem to be responsible for 90% of data breaches. Clearly, this tactic is not working.”

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An Epiq Ransomware Attack Hits Legal Services Industry Leader

Epiq, a global leader in the legal services industry, today shared that it has taken its systems offline globally to contain the threat of a confirmed ransomware attack. The timeline for the online restoration of the systems remains unclear at the current time.

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A Model for Interoperability? Open Cybersecurity Alliance Unveils First Open Source Language to Connect Security Tools

Governed under the auspices of OASIS, which offers projects a path to standardization and de jure approval for reference in international policy and procurement, the Open Cybersecurity Alliance (OCA) has announced the availability of the first open-source language for connecting cybersecurity tools through a common messaging framework, OpenDXL Ontology. Given the challenges of interoperability in the field of eDiscovery, data discovery and legal discovery professionals may benefit from this example of coordination, collaboration, and standardization.

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From Strategy to the X-Road®: Considering Cybersecurity Through the Lens of Estonia

Provided in this post is a compilation of informational article extracts that may be helpful for those seeking to learn more about cybersecurity and how it is approached from strategy and vision to interoperability and architecture by one of the most digitally-advanced and cybersecurity-savvy countries in the world, Estonia.

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The Intersection of International Law and Cyber Operations: An Interactive Cyber Law Toolkit

The Cyber Law Toolkit is a dynamic interactive web-based resource for legal professionals who work with matters at the intersection of international law and cyber operations. At its heart, the Toolkit currently consists of 14 hypothetical scenarios. Each scenario contains a description of cyber incidents inspired by real-world examples, accompanied by detailed legal analysis. The aim of the analysis is to examine the applicability of international law to the scenarios and the issues they raise. The Toolkit was formally launched on 28 May 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia.

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Estonia and the United States to Build a Joint Cyber Threat Intelligence Platform

“The goal is to develop an automized cyber threat intelligence system between the US and Estonian defense forces, tailored to the specific needs of the two nations to enhance the cyber defense capabilities of the two parties. Regular exchange of threat intelligence between actors is one of the core principles of cyber defense today,” said Kusti Salm, Director General of the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment.

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Conscious Unclouding? A Hard Look at Data Security and the Cloud

The security of data is fast becoming one of the most prominent and visible areas of concern in the selection of eDiscovery software solutions. With public examples of data security failures increasing in regularity and impact, it behooves any discovery solution decision-maker to carefully consider how they manage this important risk factor as they make on and off-premise enterprise software selection decisions.

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Schrems 2.0: European Court of Justice Advocate General Renders Opinion

On December 19, 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General, Henrik Saugmandsgaard ØE, provided his opinion on the validity of Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) adopted by the European Commission for the transfer of personal data from controllers to processors. The rendered opinion confirms that companies relying upon SCCs do not need to consider changing their approach at this time.