Commentaries and Analyses

German Researchers Accessed Service Members’ Sensitive Medical Data—and One Lawmaker Wants Answers

Brandi Vincent reports: A Democratic lawmaker wants answers and actions taken to address unsecured servers at three military medical facilities that he said are putting service members’ personal information at risk. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., penned a letter to the Defense Health Agency Thursday pressing it to eliminate the exposure of sensitive medical data belonging to...

Iran vs U.S., The Cyber Front Explained

On January 3, the U.S. announced the successful assassination of Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s top general. Dire warnings about retaliation immediately appeared in the news, and it wasn’t long before we began to see headlines claiming that Iran had launched cyberattacks on the U.S.  But were these really state actors or sophisticated actors, or or...

FTC Summarizes 2019 Changes to Data Security Orders

Caleb Skeath and Danielle Kehl of Covington & Burling write: In a recent blog post, the Federal Trade Commission highlighted three key changes it made in 2019 in its approach to issuing orders in data security enforcement matters.  As stated by Andrew Smith, the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in the blog post,...

Washington State Attorney General’s Office 2019 Data Breach Report

For those who may not know, Washington State produces its own data breach report annually.  Here’s a snippet from their report: In 2019, the total number of breaches reported to our office increased by nearly 20%, with just over 70% resulting from a malicious cyberattack. Yep, the percentage increase in number of incidents/reports sounds...