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MSSP Alert’s regional coverage of managed security services providers, cybersecurity news and events in the Americas and Canada — including the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and more.

Oregon Amends Data Breach Notification Law

Oregon’s amended data breach notification law has new requirements, prohibits fees for security freezes and adds a specific notification timing requirement, Hunton Andrews Kurth explains.

Trustwave Says Security Breach Lawsuit Is Without Merit

Trustwave says a lawsuit against the MSSP involving a Heartland Payment Systems data breach in 2008 is without merit. The case is a timely reminder for all MSPs to closely monitor their customer contract stipulations.

Another New York DFS Cybersecurity Deadline Looms

The New York DFS data security regulation for financial services firms has a September 2018 deadline for audit trails, application security, data retention limitations, access monitoring, and encryption of non-pubic information.

Cyber Crooks Steal $1.4 Million from Connecticut College Savings Accounts

Cyber crooks have stolen roughly $1.4 million from 21 account holders at the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET), according to reports.

Visium Pursues Threat Surface Solutions Group (TSSG) Acquisition, But…

Visium Technologies seeks to acquire Threat Surface Solutions Group (TSSG), a provider of cybersecurity and risk mitigation solutions. Still, SEC filings raise questions about Visium’s viability as an ongoing business.

Department of Energy Makes Energy Sector Cybersecurity Moves

The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability in May released its Multiyear Plan for Energy Sector Cybersecurity. Hunton Andrews Kurth explains.

IBM Security Audits Los Angeles County Election System

Los Angeles County hires IBM Security Services to audit and investigate recent voting system issues.

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Safeguard Cybersecurity Product Supply Chain

After lawmakers banned Kaspersky Lab software from federal networks, a newly introduced bipartisan bill would require federal agencies to closely scrutinize products for supply chain cybersecurity risks before buying them.

Cybersecurity for U.S. Dams, Power Grids, Infrastructure: More Answers Emerge

BlackRidge Technology & Agile Fractal Grid (AFG) showcase security-as-a-service (SECaaS) platform to some 400 electric utility co-ops & municipal utilities. Plus, Booz Allen Hamilton (a Top 100 MSSP) and Spry Methods win cyber contract to protect U.S. dams.

Report: Chinese Hackers Steal U.S. Navy Submarine Warfare Data

Chinese government hackers have stolen more than 600 gigabytes of secret U.S. Navy data from a third-party contractor’s unclassified network, a new report claims.