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Education Department Threatens to Pull Funding for Non-Compliance

U.S. Department of Education (ED) guidance threatens to “yank” Title IV funding for post-secondary institutions lacking appropriate data security safeguards.

Applebee’s Security Breach: Malware Hits RMH’s Point of Sale Restaurant Systems

Applebee’s discovers & removes malware on point of sale (POS) systems across nearly 170 restaurant locations, according to RMH Franchise Holdings.

U.S. Needs National Cybersecurity Strategy Right Now, Key Leaders Say

Is a U.S. cybersecurity blueprint truly on the horizon? Not yet, according to intelligence officials, legislators and a top U.S. Army General. But there better be a blueprint soon. Here’s why.

Report: U.S. Eyes U.K. Model for Possible National Cyber Security Strategy

U.S. cyber intelligence may emulate strategies from the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC). The NCSC offers advice & support to manage incidents, protect critical infrastructure & offer guidelines to defend against cyber threats.

Wipro Invests In Application Security Services Provider Denim Group

Global IT outsourcing giant Wipro invests in application security firm Denim Group, acquiring a minority stake in the cybersecurity firm.

QBE North America Adds Breach Planning Services for All Cyber Policies

Cyber insurance provider QBE North America adds data breach planning services for all of its policies & provides end-to-end risk management.

Power Grid Cybersecurity Risks: Everything You Need to Know

An excerpt from Delta Risk’s white paper, “Cyber Security and the Grid: The Definitive Guide,” explains the technical cybersecurity threats facing the grid.

Cloud Data & Email Privacy: Microsoft vs. U.S. Government Intensifies As EU Preps Legislation

Microsoft vs. Justice Department cloud data & email privacy case heads to U.S. Supreme Court just as European Union proposes more legislation.

SEC: ‘Critical’ for Companies to Disclose Cybersecurity Incidents

The SEC encourages public companies to inform stakeholders about cybersecurity incidents in a timely manner. SonicWall’s CEO weighs in with perspectives.

More State Data Security Regulation: North Carolina Bill Contains Strict Disclosure Measures

North Carolina’s cybersecurity bill requires businesses that suffer a breach to notify affected consumers within 15 days. Patterson Belknap explains.