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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.

Russia Attacks U.S. Critical Infrastructure Every Day, Top U.S. Intelligence Official Says

U.S. critical infrastructure faces cyber attacks every day from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea in tandem with efforts to weaken the country’s democracy, a top U.S. Intelligence official asserts.

18 U.S. States Most Vulnerable to Election Day Hacks, New Congressional Report Says

Eighteen U.S. states lack sufficient cybersecurity safeguards to protect their election voting infrastructure from hackers, a new Congressional report says.

Vermont Enacts Nation’s First Data Broker Legislation

Recently, Vermont enacted legislation (H.764) that regulates data brokers who buy and sell personal information. Vermont is the first state in the nation to enact this type of legislation.

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.