Photo of Linn Foster Freedman

Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team, and chair’s the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Team. Linn focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations. She counsels a range of public and private clients from industries such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine and charitable organizations, on state and federal data privacy and security investigations, as well as emergency data breach response and mitigation. Linn is an Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity at Brown University and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law.  Prior to joining the firm, Linn served as assistant attorney general and deputy chief of the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Rhode Island. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law and her B.A., with honors, in American Studies from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Read her full rc.com bio here.

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the FBI issued a joint Alert this week, entitled “Reminder for Critical Infrastructure to Stay Vigilant Against Threats During Holidays and Weekends” outlining “actions that executives, leaders and workers in any organization can take proactively to protect themselves against cyberattacks, including possible ransomware attacks, during the upcoming

Credit card skimming fraud continues to affect companies and their customers, causing businesses such as Costco to routinely inspect their PIN pads for the devices. According to news reports, following a routine inspection of its PIN pads, five card-skimming devices were found at four Costco stores in the Chicago area.

According to Costco, fewer than

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued the Cybersecurity Incident & Vulnerability Response Playbooks: Operational Procedures for Planning and Conducting Cybersecurity Incident and Vulnerability Response Activities in FCEB Information Systems (Playbooks) on November 16, 2021, designed to assist Federal Civilian Executive Branch (FCEB) Information Systems agencies in adopting a standard set of procedures related

Staying current with Microsoft’s monthly patches is challenging, yet critical for one’s cybersecurity program. This week, Microsoft’s November Patch Tuesday released 55 patches, six of which were categorized as “critical,” four were previously disclosed (which means that cyber criminals may already be exploiting them), and two are being exploited now. Plugging all of these vulnerabilities

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently issued a Binding Operational Directive requiring all federal agencies to apply patches to new and old vulnerabilities that are being exploited in the wild.

The Directive, entitled Reducing the Significant Risk of Known Exploited Vulnerabilities, “establishes a CISA-managed catalog of known exploited vulnerabilities that carry significant

The FBI issued a Private Industry Notification on November 2, 2021, warning companies that “ransomware actors are very likely using significant financial events, such as mergers and acquisitions, to target and leverage victim companies for ransomware infections.”

According to the Notification, ransomware actors are researching publicly available information to pick targets they believe may be