$5 Million in Funding Now Available for Pennsylvania Broadband Projects

Nongovernmental entities can now apply for funding for projects that facilitate the deployment of high-speed broadband service infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas of the Commonwealth through the Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program (UHSB). The application window opened June 1 and applications will be accepted until September 24. The UHSB authorizes the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to … Continue reading $5 Million in Funding Now Available for Pennsylvania Broadband Projects

PURPLE PAINT MEANS NO TRESPASSING

A change, during 2020,  in Title 18, of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (2019 Act 103), gives Pennsylvania landowners the option of using purple paint, rather than signs, to post their properties and alert others that lands are private and trespassing isn’t permitted. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has summaries of this recent law on its web … Continue reading PURPLE PAINT MEANS NO TRESPASSING

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW CYBERSECURITY GUIDANCE

Guidance seeks to help protect an estimated $9.3T in assets The U.S. Department of Labor on April 14, 2021 announced new guidance for plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries, record keepers and plan participants on best practices for maintaining cybersecurity, including tips on how to protect the retirement benefits of America’s workers. This is the first time … Continue reading US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW CYBERSECURITY GUIDANCE

FERC Proposes Incentives for Cybersecurity Investments by Public Utilities

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) took a major step toward enhancing the cybersecurity posture of the bulk power system this month with a proposal for public utilities to secure incentive-based rate treatment for voluntary cybersecurity investments that go above and beyond mandatory Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards. The December 17, 2020 … Continue reading FERC Proposes Incentives for Cybersecurity Investments by Public Utilities

Utility Scam Awareness & Education

Understand How Fraud Artists Operate and Remain Vigilant Against Common Utility-Related Scams The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) marked November 20th as Utility Scam Awareness Day – a national effort to educate residents and businesses about the ways that scammers use utility-related schemes to scare or trick customers into sending them money or disclosing personal information. “Scam … Continue reading Utility Scam Awareness & Education

ANSWERS TO FREQUENT QUESTIONS ABOUT CHP

CONSIDERING COMBINED HEAT AND POWER (CHP) TO SAVE MONEY, ENHANCE RELIABILITY, AND BENEFIT THE ENVIRONMENT?  THE EPA CHP PARTNERSHIP AND PRINCE LAW OFFICES CAN HELP.  WHAT IS CHP? Typically, nearly two-thirds of the energy used to generate electricity is wasted in the form of heat discharged to the atmosphere. Additional energy is wasted during the … Continue reading ANSWERS TO FREQUENT QUESTIONS ABOUT CHP

Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector

Multiple federal agencies sent out a joint alert on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 about ransomware activity targeting the healthcare and public health sector. The advisory, which was sent out by Cybersecurity and Infrastrustrure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), describes … Continue reading Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector

October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Visit cisa.gov/ncsam to learn more about the awareness campaign. Businesses face significant financial loss when a cyber attack occurs. In 2019, the U.S. business sector had 17% increase in data breaches. Cybercriminals often rely on human error—employees failing to install software patches or clicking on malicious links—to gain access to … Continue reading October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month

Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes – COVID-19 Phishing

Last week, a Rhode Island company and its owner were prohibited from misrepresenting they are affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of a settlement resolving Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges they misled consumers in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Ponte Investments, LLC, and its owner were charged by the FTC in April with … Continue reading Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes – COVID-19 Phishing

If You Are Still Using Windows 7, You Are At Risk

In  a Private Industry Notification announcement this month from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the official end of life for Windows 7, the FBI states it "has observed cyber criminals targeting computer network infrastructure after an operating system achieves end-of-life status," and added that "continuing to use Windows 7 within an enterprise may provide … Continue reading If You Are Still Using Windows 7, You Are At Risk