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Faced with staffing shortages, skill gaps, and evolving cyber threats, security professionals around the world are beginning to recognize that automation is the future of information security. There’s simply no way that security managers—or end users—can be expected to evaluate every risk and apply appropriate protection to the constantly-multiplying volumes of data they handle.

Automation is a difficult idea to accept for some, especially those who have tried automated technology in the past, only to abandon it after watching it disrupt workflows, frustrate users, and overwhelm already-busy IT staff with a flood of false alarms. So how can an organization automate its data protection activities without throwing a wrench in its critical business processes?

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Back when they were new on the scene, HIPAA's privacy and security rules didn't get much respect. Beginning with the privacy rule's introduction in 2003, the Office of Civil Rights received thousands of complaints and investigated thousands of infractions each year, but took little or no corrective action. In fact, the OCR didn't issue a single fine for a HIPAA privacy or security rule violation between 2003 and 2008.

It's easy to understand how HIPAA got a reputation as a toothless mandate, but things have changed over the last ten years. If anyone needed a reminder of the fact, the OCR delivered one this week with its $16 million fine for the Anthem data breach. The penalty is nearly triple the previous record for a HIPAA fine, and sends a clear message that organizations can expect to pay a heavy toll for neglecting their data protection obligations.

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We're now three quarters of the way through New York's two-year-long implementation of its cybersecurity law for financial services companies.

The first law of its kind in the US, NYCRR 500 sets best-practice cybersecurity requirements for all banks, mortgage companies, insurance companies, and other organizations that do business in New York. The requirements are being phased in between March 1, 2017 (when the law first took effect) and March 1, 2019.

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A few years from now, stories like this may not even qualify as news. That's how quickly cybersecurity laws—nearly unheard of until recently—are becoming the norm.

For now, though, each new law is worth noting, and the Colorado Protections for Consumer Data Privacy law, which took effect on September 1, is the latest law to hit the books in the US.

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In what may go down as one of the least surprising cybersecurity developments of 2018, the California state legislature has passed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a data protection law that brings the key concepts of Europe’s GDPR onto American shores.

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What are businesses doing differently now that the GDPR has taken effect? That was the topic of discussion in two executive boardroom sessions moderated by PKWARE CEO Miller Newton.

The discussions took place during recent Evanta CISO Executive Summits in San Francisco and London, bringing together information security executives from major corporations on both sides of the Atlantic.

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The moment has finally arrived. As of 12:00am on May 25, after two years of preparation and a massive last-minute barrage of privacy policy updates, the General Data Protection Regulation has the force of law across the European Union.

Whether they've stayed ahead of the compliance curve since the law was first announced, or have kept their heads in the sand and made no preparations at all, organizations around the world are all wondering the same thing:

What happens next?

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PKWARE is proud to announce that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Jen Ferguson, Director of Partner Marketing, to its prestigious 2018 Women of the Channel list. The executives on this annual list span the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem.

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