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June 2020 Blog

  • More Bad News and Some Good News At Last

    We’ve been constantly warning you about the need for good cybersecurity policies that you actually follow.  According to ZDNet, ransomware is the biggest threat to online security right now, and it’s getting worse.   However, ransomware is by no means the only concern; a lawsuit following a data breach could also be a real possibility.  According…

    Posted 6/30/2020
  • Whatever Happened to Judicial Authority and Subpoena Power in the Age of COVID?

    SC Code 42-3-150 defines the manner in which attendance of witnesses may be compelled.  The hearing commission has the authority to issue a subpoena to compel the attendance of witnesses.  “Any person who shall without just cause fail or refuse to testify….if it is in his power to do so in accordance with a subpoena…

    Posted 6/30/2020
  • Homework Hurts

    Earlier this week, NPR aired a report entitled “Get a comfortable chair: Permanent work from home is coming.”   The reporter and her guests discussed the cost savings for businesses and the less stressful environment for at home workers.   NPR also had on hand a psychologist to discuss the potential downsides of stay-at-home work, including sense…

    Posted 6/24/2020
  • Hackers Outpace Bureaucracy

    KrebsOnSecurity notified city officials in Florence, Alabama of a ransomware threat on May 26.  The Florence IT manager requested the city to approve funds for remediation and an investigation, but before those funds could be approved, the hackers attacked on June 5.  The result is that Florence paid almost $300,000 in ransomware, and they still…

    Posted 6/16/2020
  • The Cyber War Rages On

    With more terrifying news every day about what is happening around the world and in the streets of our country, it is easy to get forget about things like best cyber practices.  Please don’t take a holiday on that; hackers will not.  Michigan State University is just the latest victim of a ransomware attack by…

    Posted 6/2/2020
  • Burden of Proof for Aggravation of Pre-Existing Condition

    In an opinion filed May 13, 2020, the Court of Appeals addressed the claimant’s burden of proof regarding aggravation of a pre-existing condition pursuant to S.C. Code Section 42-9-35. In Chisolm Frampton v. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Single Commissioner found the claimant failed to meet his burden of proof under S. C….

    Posted 6/1/2020