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Division of Enforcement Releases Annual Report

Division of Enforcement Releases Annual Report WHAT HAPPENED? On November 15, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Enforcement released its annual report for Fiscal Year 2017 (“FY 2017”).  The report explains how the Division of Enforcement’s decision making throughout FY 2017 was guided by the following five principles: Focus on [...]

Natural Disasters Emphasize Need for Business Continuity and Transition Plans

Natural Disasters Emphasize Need for Business Continuity and Transition Plans WHAT HAPPENED? The United States has experienced extreme turmoil in recent months from the widespread damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma on numerous southern cities.  These hurricanes have demonstrated how natural disasters, whether expected or not, can impose [...]

SEC Spoofed Emails Used In Spear Phishing Attack

SEC Spoofed Emails Used In Spear Phishing Attack WHAT HAPPENED? Cisco’s Talos Intelligence Group has identified a targeted cyber-attack focusing on specific organizations.  The malware began with a targeted spear phishing email to initiate the malware and infected U.S. state government servers to further develop the malware infection chain.  [...]

SEC Provides Updates from Investigation of 2016 Cyber Intrusion

SEC Provides Updates from Investigation of 2016 Cyber Intrusion WHAT HAPPENED? On October 2, 2017, the SEC provided an update on its ongoing staff investigation of the 2016 cyber intrusion into the EDGAR system.  The SEC announced that the third party performing the intrusion acquired the names, birth dates [...]

SEC Creates Cyber Unit and Retail Strategy Task Force

SEC Creates Cyber Unit and Retail Strategy Task Force WHAT HAPPENED? On September 25, 2017, the SEC announced the creation of the Enforcement Division’s Cyber Unit and Retail Strategy Task Force.  These new initiatives will support the SEC in identifying cyber-related misconduct and risks directly impacting retail investors, respectively. [...]

SEC Announces Intrusion to EDGAR System

SEC Announces Intrusion to EDGAR System WHAT HAPPENED? On September 20, 2017, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton issued a statement announcing a 2016 intrusion to the EDGAR test filling system. The intrusion was first detected in 2016 and the Commission learned in August 2017 that the incident may have been [...]

Legal Risks Associated with Cyberattacks

Legal Risks Associated with Cyberattacks PROACTIVE MEASURES AGAINST CYBERATTACKS The recent ransomware attack that has affected more than 100,000 organizations has emphasized how immense the potential impact can be on the financial services industry. It is imperative for firms to protect their network from these types of threats through various technical [...]

SEC Releases Risk Alert on Ransomware

SEC Releases Risk Alert on Ransomware WHAT HAPPENED? On May 17, 2017, the SEC released a risk alert on a widespread ransomware attack, known as WannaCry, WCry or Wanna Decryptor. The hacker(s) conducting the cyber-attack have infiltrated the servers of organizations across more than 100 countries through a Microsoft® Remote Desktop Protocol [...]