The final provision of New York’s Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (“SHIELD Act”), 2019 N.Y. Ch. 117, took effect on March 21, 2020. For more information on the SHIELD Act, visit our previous blog post, New York Cybersecurity Upgrades: Are you Ready?, which provides an overview of the most-recent provision that took effect on March 21, 2020. It also discusses the heightened compliance concerns due to New York’s current stay-at-home order resulting in numerous individuals working remotely and utilizing applications for remote communication.

With all of the SHIELD Act provisions now in effect and the world working remotely at unprecedented levels, compliance efforts and vulnerability concerns have become more complex. As such, covered organizations should take stock and ensure that their practices and programs are in compliance with the SHIELD Act’s cybersecurity requirements and designed to reduce vulnerability to cyberattacks to the extent possible.