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#InformationSecurity News - China Stole Data From Major U.S. Law Firms

A series of security breaches that stuck prestigious law firms last year was more pervasive than reported and was carried out by people with ties to the Chinese government, according to evidence seen by Fortune.

The incidents involved hackers getting into the email accounts of partners at well-known firms, and then relaying messages and other data from the partners’ in-boxes to outside servers.

In the case of one firm, the attacks took place over a 94 day period starting in March of 2015, and resulted in the hackers stealing around seven gigabytes of data, according to information obtained by Fortune. That figure would typically amount to tens or hundreds of thousands of emails.

Read the exclusive story at Fortunehttp://fortune.com/2016/12/07/china-law-firms

Upcoming: THE BIG EVENT TechExpo

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 29, 2015) -

WHO
Peter Bamber, CISA, CRISC, CISSP, vice president, IT Security Consulting Services, and Ed Greenberg, senior Security Services account manager, for Security Management Partners, a leading, independent information security and assurance firm

WHAT
Will deliver a session titled, "Cyber Security Awareness - What You Need to Know, Because What You Don't Can Hurt You" at THE BIG EVENT TechExpo

WHEN
Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. EDT 
Bamber and Greenberg are scheduled to present at 11:15 a.m. EDT. 

WHERE
THE BIG EVENT TechExpo 
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway 
New York, N.Y.

Security Management Partners will also be exhibiting at the event.

DETAILS
The risk of a cyber-attack exists for companies of all sizes, across all industries. Rather than wait until the threat becomes reality, companies should plan and prepare proactively. 

During THE BIG EVENT TechExpo, Peter Bamber, CISA, CRISC, CISSP, vice president, IT Security Consulting Services, and Ed Greenberg, senior Security Services account manager, for Security Management Partners, will explore the goals of cybersecurity as well as what it takes to ensure information assets are protected. In addition, Bamber and Greenberg will explain the cybersecurity process, sharing industry insights and real life examples. Session attendees will learn what cybersecurity means for their business as well as how to prepare and protect their organization.

Information technology and business leaders who are interested in learning more about cybersecurity preparedness strategies and solutions are encouraged to attend this informative session. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with Security Management Partners at during exhibition hours. For event information and registration details, please visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/atlantics-the-big-event-techexpo-may-14-2015-at-the-new-york-marriott-marquis-registration-15568962185.

About Security Management Partners 
Security Management Partners (SMP) is a leading, independent information security and assurance firm, specializing in assessments and regulatory compliance consulting to the corporate, healthcare, biopharma, and financial industries. A proven advisor to large, overseas corporations and small, local businesses, SMP is known as a trusted advisor who helps identify threats and vulnerabilities, quantify risk and provide risk mitigation strategies for information assets. SMP helps to eliminate internal and external information security risks while ensuring that companies can adhere to today's evolving compliance regulations. For more information, please visit: www.smpone.com.

Originally posted here: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/security-management-partners-spotlight-cyber-security-awareness-the-big-event-2014433.htm

#InformationSecurity News - 1/27/15

  • Reporting HIPAA Breaches: A New Approach - The Department of Health and Human Services is taking steps to make the process of using online tools to report breaches more efficient, hoping that will help ease the launching of investigations. More at Healthcare Info Security
  • Sixty percent of organizations have increased their security spending by one-third -- but many security managers still don't think that's enough, Ponemon study finds. Details via InformationWeek DarkReading.  
  • The details of three high-severity vulnerabilities affecting Apple’s OS X operating system have been disclosed over the past two days by Google. The security holes were made public this week after the 90-day disclosure deadline given by Project Zero to vendors expired. Learn more at Security Week
  • As a result of President Obama's "Buy Secure" initiative, the federal government this month is kicking off its EMV rollout, which includes the issuance of chip-and-PIN cards for all federal employees and benefits programs. Read the story at Bank Info Security
  • According to the latest research by Trend Micro, a variant of Curve-Tor-Bitcoin (CTB) Locker ransomware – also known as Critroni – being distributed in a spam campaign now offers victims additional time to pay the ransom, but also requires them to pay a whole lot more than previously. Details via SC Magazine

Upcoming: Credit Union Association of New York Annual Meeting & Convention

WHAT: SMP to exhibit at the Credit Union Association of New York Annual Meeting & Convention.

WHEN: Thursday, June 19 & Friday, June 20, 2014

WHERE: The Saratoga Hilton at City Center - 534 Broadway Saratoga, NY

DETAILS: Security Management Partners will exhibit the latest IT security solutions at the Credit Union Association of New York Annual Meeting & Convention at Booth #19.

Upcoming Event: Maine Bankers Association

WHAT: Will exhibit at the upcoming Maine Bankers Association BANK EXPO 2014 in Booth #37. 

WHEN: Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET. 

WHERE: BANK EXPO 2014, Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, Maine 

DETAILS: Security Management Partners will exhibit the latest innovative solutions in IT and mobile security for the banking industry at the Maine Bankers Association BANK EXPO 2014. Visit SMP in Booth #37.