On October 13, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Corporation Finance issued disclosure guidance (“Guidance”) regarding cybersecurity matters and cyber incidents. While the Guidance does not change existing disclosure requirements, it does add specificity to existing requirements. In some respects, that specificity is helpful, but the Guidance fails to take into account the uncertainty that inevitably accompanies efforts to assess and disclose cybersecurity matters and incidents.

Read a detailed summary of the Guidance and analysis regarding its effects, including its impact on disclosures both before and after a cyber incident, enforcement-related proceedings and potential litigation.