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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.

Inside the Stanford University Data Breach: Part One

Stanford University’s cybersecurity vulnerabilities reveal the challenges higher education faces in dealing with data sprawl. Patterson Belknap explains.

North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County Refuses to Pay Ransomware

North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County refuses to pay $23,000 in ransomware, and will instead restore government systems using backup data, the county says.

Should Service Providers Cover for Each Other in a Cyber Attack?

Banks test Sheltered Harbor strategy to restore their systems across each others’ networks amid a cyberattack. Should service providers follow suit?

Britain Says Don’t Use Kaspersky Lab On Classified Government Networks

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) tells government agencies not to use Russia security products like Kaspersky Lab on classified networks.

New York Becomes National Force in Data Security

New York emerges as the nation’s de facto top data security regulator amid moves in financial services & consumer privacy. Patterson Belknap explains.

National Credit Federation Exposes Customer Data on AWS Cloud

National Credit Federation (NCF), a consumer credit repair outfit, reportedly left customer information exposed on an Amazon AWS cloud storage bucket.

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework: EU Commission’s First Annual Report

EU report indicates U.S. authorities have put in place the necessary structures and procedures to ensure the proper functioning of the Privacy Shield,

Cybersecurity Talent: $30 Million NYC Initiative Brings Training, Research and Startup Support

New York City has launched Cyber NYC. a $30 million initiative to train cybersecurity talent, fund research and support startups in the metropolitan area.

SEC: Corporate Data Breach Disclosure, Reporting Rules May Change

Expect the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to rework requirements for publicly-held companies to disclose cybersecurity breaches to investors.

Compuquip Cybersecurity: BrightGauge Founders Transform VAR Into MSSP

Compuquip Technologies, a former VAR, is transforming into managed security services provider (MSSP). CEO Eric Dosal reveals the strategy at IT Nation 2017.