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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.

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

  • November 9 – Kathryn Rattigan is presenting the “Rise of Drones and Erosion of Privacy” in a live video-broadcast hosted by myLawCLE.
  • November 10 – Kathryn Rattigan will be presenting as part of the Western Michigan University (WMU) Cooley Law School Homeland & National Security Law and the WMU-Cooley Homeland & National Security

In a blog post entitled “New activity from Russian actor Nobelium,” Microsoft’s V.P. of Customer Security & Trust Tom Burt, discussed a recent alert issued by the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) regarding the activities of this threat actor. He shared that Nobelium “has been attempting to replicate the approach it has used in past

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a Final Rule on October 27, 2021, amending the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information, known as “the Safeguards Rule,” under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which is applicable to a broad range of non-banking financial institutions. The FTC approved the Amendment by a vote of 3-2. The FTC’s press release states

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a Scam Alert to consumers notifying them that scammers are impersonating employees of the IRS promising a third Economic Impact Payment if they access forms through a link in an email or over the telephone.

The IRS warns consumers that governmental agencies, including the IRS, never call