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Top 5 Ways to Reduce your Legal Exposure to Cyber Risk

By David M. Hickey

The hacks keep coming. Equifax recently announced a massive hack exposing personal financial information of potentially 143 million Americans – 40% of the American population.  The Equifax hack is one of the three worst data breaches in history only surpassed by the Yahoo! data breach involving more than one billion user accounts and the Sony cyber attack in 2014.

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Outsourcing to the Philippines: The Critical Steps That Should be Taken Now to Address Cyber Risk

By David M. Hickey

The Outsourcing industry in the Philippines is the fastest growing sector in the country, and it continues to grow with an average annual expansion rate of 20%. Outsourcing is projected to become the country’s biggest source of foreign exchange income in 2017, and the World Bank estimates that the industry could top $50 billion in revenue by 2020.

Notwithstanding these impressive statistics and projections for future growth, the outsourcing industry faces an existential threat. Therefore, it is imperative that companies, which outsource to the Philippines, and companies with outsourcing operations in the Philippines take concrete steps now to mitigate cyber risks.
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Red seal and imprint "SPAM" (Seriously Pissing-off Advertising Mail) on the sheet of closed postal envelope. Isolated. 3D Illustration

The FTC’s Summer of SPAM

By David M. Hickey

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is requesting public comments concerning the CAN-SPAM Act. Now you can have your say during the FTC’s “Summer of Spam.”
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New York Leaves Groundbreaking Cybersecurity Regulation for Insurance Companies, Banks, and Financial Institutions Largely Intact

As we discussed in a prior blog post, in September 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) proposed the first statewide cybersecurity regulation of its kind. The proposed regulation mandated that insurance companies, banks, and other financial services institutions regulated by the DFS  (Covered Entities) establish and maintain a cybersecurity program designed to protect consumers and ensure the safety and soundness of New York State’s financial services industry. The proposed regulation was scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2017.
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Sexual Harassment: The Office Holiday Party Survival Guide For Employers

It is that magical time of the year again. Time to reflect on the achievements of the year, contemplate the year ahead and enjoy a bit of well-earned downtime. It is also that time of year for the holiday office party. The one party of the year at which many otherwise reasonable and sober individuals often convince themselves before, during, or after that the rules do not apply.
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High-Rise Condos

6 Big Changes to Illinois Condominium Law that Condo Boards Need to Act On

Illinois laws controlling condos have changed dramatically. In some cases, condo boards may be following the requirements of outdated governing documents and may be unintentionally acting in ways that are contrary to the current laws.

Hickey Smith has worked closely with condominium associations and developed a simple and innovative process for conforming condominium declarations and bylaws to the current requirements. We know that condominium board members are extremely busy. As a result, we have highlighted the top changes in the condominium laws below, and if your condominium declarations or bylaws aren’t in line with these changes, we are ready to assist you to comply with the new laws at minimal time and expense.
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