Kurt Bratten to Present at Cybersecurity Symposium

Kurt Bratten is slated to present at the 6th Annual Cybersecurity Symposium hosted by GreyCastle Security.  The event, entitled “Cybersecurity Bipedalism: The Next Evolution of Risk, Resilience and Reality”, combines GreyCastle’s nationally-recognized cybersecurity experts with experienced industry professionals in a conversation about the evolution of cybersecurity, cybercrime, trust-based decision making and how the corporate world […]

Cybersecurity is Topic for May 24 Program Hosted by TMA Upstate New York Chapter

The Upstate New York Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association will host a Cybersecurity program featuring O&A attorney Kurt Bratten, who manages our Cybersecurity and HIPAA Compliance practices, and GreyCastle Security CEO Reg Harnish. The program will be held Thursday, May 24 at Shaker Ridge Country Club in Colonie at 5:30 p.m. The panel will […]

Free Webinar for Boards of Directors Addresses Cybersecurity and Compliance

Kurt Bratten joins cybersecurity experts GreyCastle Security to present a free webinar on March 15th  addressing  one of the greatest challenges Boards of Directors currently face: cybersecurity. “Board of Directors: Cybersecurity and Compliance” aims to heighten awareness and offer practical advice on how to evaluate and address cybersecurity risks from a boards’ perspective.  The webinar, […]

Cybersecurity Symposium features Kurt Bratten

The Equifax breach and how to prevent a repeat of it were hot topics at a cybersecurity symposium that featured O’Connell and Aronowitz compliance attorney Kurt Bratten. The event, hosted by GreyCastle Security, was held in Albany on October 11 at the Albany Marriott. The symposium was the fifth annual event on the topic. It […]

Important Information on the Equifax Security Breach

Due to the severity and widespread nature of the Equifax breach (approximately 8 million New Yorkers were affected), we are sharing information about your rights and offering suggestions about how to protect yourself. WHAT HAPPENED?  According to Equifax, on July 29, 2017, it discovered that “criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access […]

Kurt Bratten Joins Globally Renowned Security Technologist at Cybersecurity Symposium

Kurt Bratten will be a featured panelist at the 5th annual Cybersecurity Symposium hosted by GreyCastle Security on October 11th.  The highly anticipated event, held at the Albany Marriott, is titled Generation Cyber: Thriving in the Era of Cybercrime.  The program brings together a global village of industry colleagues in a conversation about survival tactics, industry-specific […]

Are you a business that has had a data breach? Will your customers be able to sue you?

Class actions for damages resulting from a data breach are difficult to succeed upon unless there is an identifiable harm.  Once again a court has determined that the mere loss of data is not sufficient to confer standing (Chambliss v. CareFirst, Inc.,  No. RDB-15-2288 [D. MD., May 27, 2016]).  With the decision in Chambliss, Maryland […]

OCR Announces that the Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program Has Already Started

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) just announced that its Phase 2 HIPAA audit program has started and that covered entities and business associates are already being contacted. You can find this announcement here. OCR has begun sending emails to verify contact information for various covered entities and business associates and determine which entities […]

ATTENTION ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES PROVIDERS: SAMHSA’s Proposed Changes to 42 CFR Part 2 Address Key Integration Issues, Raise Other Questions About Compliance Responsibilities

In an earlier post, we highlighted that the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) submitted a proposed rule for public comment in the February 9, 2016 edition of the Federal Register, see 81 FR 6988, proposing a number of changes to 42 CFR Part 2 (“Part 2”), the federal regulations governing the […]