New Paradigms in Cybersecurity & Data Privacy for Legal Services Targeting Risks and Capitalizing on Growth Opportunities

Event Details

Nov 08, 2017

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Atlanta, GA

$50 USD

News reports of data breaches at some of the nation’s top law firms are all too common in the current market. From New York to Los Angeles or Seattle to Atlanta, the threats facing law firms both within and outside the organizational walls can undermine credibility, erode trust with clients, and lead the firm toward greater liability. Understanding how the cybersecurity landscape has changed within the past year is critical to ensuring one’s firm remains sufficiently prepared. This November, the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute proudly presents a timely, practical, and engaging forum on best practices and key considerations for fortifying one’s business against a breach.

Leveraging some of the nation’s most knowledegable minds, this summit delivers comprehensive takeaways for law firm executives throughout the region.  Attendees from solo, medium-sized and large global firms will not want to miss this marquee summit! Save the date and plan to attend.

Online registration now available!

This program has been accredited in Georgia for 5.0 CLE and CPE credits.

Why You Should Attend

  • Cyber theft is the fastest growing crime committed in the United States
  • In 2016, companies spent over $80 billion USD on cybersecurity services & products to protect their property
  • Despite investing heavily in preventative products and policies, law firms (along with corporate legal departments) remain top priorities for malicious, global actors
  • This forum delivers cutting edge advice to combat the ever-changing face of risk facing law firms today

    Who Should Attend

  • Law Firm Chairs
  • Law Firm Managing Partners
  • Law Firm Executive Committee Members
  • Law Firm C-Suite Officers
  • Law Firm Technology & Security Personnel
  • Event Co-Chair

    Brandon Robinson

    Partner, Balch & Bingham LLP

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    Event Details

    Wednesday, Nov 08

    8:30 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
    9:30 AM
    Opening Remarks
    9:45 AM
    Educating Lawyers: Cybersecurity and the Human Element

    Even the most advanced cybersecurity safeguards will be ineffective unless employees adhere to basic but essential cybersecurity procedures. One challenge facing firms is the task of educating and training employees on proper information security practices, especially when busy, successful lawyers are asked to take time away from clients. This engaging session will address how to:

    • Engage lawyers on the importance of cybersecurity;
    • Develop cybersecurity standards and procedures across your law firm for sincere buy-in and adoption;
    • Establish a firm wide communications strategy around  the vital importance of cybersecurity

    Jason A. Bernstein, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

    Tyson Fowler, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
    David MayfieldDirector, Information Security, The Home Depot
    Andrew R. Young, Sr. Information Assurance Manager, Strategic Security, The Coca-Cola Company

    10:45 AM
    Morning Break
    11:15 AM
    Beyond Breach: Current Departures in Cybersecurity Incidents and Response

    The evolving threat landscape presents significant challenges to the ability of a firm or organization to respond rapidly and effectively to cybersecurity incidents. While corporations are investing in security prevention and detection to thwart traditional data breaches, cybercriminals are shifting their tactics and techniques from focusing on crimes of opportunity to more targeted cyberattacks involving different types of data, threats to availability and integrity, as well as confidentiality. This session will discuss emerging trends in attacks, how safeguards and response programs can keep up, and the increasingly critical role of lawyers in responding to new types of cyber events. This session will examine:

    • Obtaining and devoting funding for cybersecurity;
    • Conducting cybersecurity audits;
    • Patching and scanning for cyber-vulnerabilities;
    • Data loss prevention and leveraging social media sites, FTP sites, private email accounts;
    • Developing a routine cyber-vigilance strategy

    Jon Neiditz, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend LLP

    Will Bracker, Senior Director, Privacy, Cox Communications, Inc.
    Mark C. Ray, Managing Director & Head of Cyber Investigations, Nardello & Co.

    12:15 PM
    1:15 PM
    Responding to Client Concerns on Cybersecurity Risks and Compliance Demands

    Companies are becoming increasingly sensitive with regard to information and data security. As a result, companies are putting greater onus on law firms to ensure that their cyber-defenses are up to par and, in many cases, that law firm cybersecurity measures are fully compliant with all state and federal regulations. This session will closely examine how law firms can effectively address:

    • Compliance burdens with third-party providers or business partners;
    • Unique compliance challenges of specific industries or institutions;
    • Best practices and proven solutions to client-driven compliance challenges

    Brandon N. Robinson, Partner, Balch & Bingham LLP

    David Katz, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
    Allan L. Morton, Senior Counsel, Southern Company Services, Inc.
    Nancy L. Perkins, Counsel, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

    2:15 PM
    Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Analytics to Combat Data Breaches

    Artificial Intelligence or ‘AI’ within the legal sector has received lots of attention over the past year. During this engaging discussion, our panel will take a deep dive into the opportunities posed by AI technology to strengthen cybersecurity safeguards of critical legal and financial data, including an examination of the broader impact and opportunities for cognitive AI within legal services. Key discussion points will include:

    • Disseminating fact from fiction regarding practical implications of AI for lawyers
    • Understanding the tools and technologies that comprise AI
    • Leveraging and deploying AI capabilities to combat data breaches
    • Predictive Analytics and how they can be leveraged for maximum efficiency
    • Future capabilities and the evolution of AI within the legal sector over the next five years

    Brandon N. Robinson, Partner, Balch & Bingham LLP

    Shawnna Hoffman-Childress, Associate Partner, Global CoC, Global Cognitive Legal Co-Leader, IBM Watson
    Randy V. Sabett, CISSP, Special Counsel & Vice Chair, Privacy & Data Protection, Cooley LLP

    3:15 PM
    Afternoon Break
    3:30 PM
    Cybersecurity Around Deals & Transactions: Protecting Your Critical Data and Information

    Given the opportunity to gain competitive advantage through illegal attainment of critical data and information, companies or entities involved in a merger, acquisition or divestiture are at especially great risk for hacking. Similarly, law firms representing such large M&A deals are increasingly becoming a
    favorite target for attackers thanks to their “softer” security safeguards. This closing session will delve into:

    • Protecting deal data and information through all phases of an M&A transaction
    • Adopting new approaches to data storage and communications
    • Lessons learned and best practices for safeguarding digital information and data in M&A deals

    Brandon N. Robinson, Partner, Balch & Bingham LLP

    Elizabeth K. Hinson, Associate, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
    Ward Pyles, Manager, Global Security, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG)
    Amy Yeung, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, comScore, Inc.

    4:30 PM
    Closing Remarks & Conclusion



    Status: Accredited

    Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center

    800 Spring Street NW
    Atlanta, GA 30308

    Located on the Georgia Tech campus in Technology Square – the heart of Midtown Atlanta’s thriving retail neighborhood – the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center is located only moments from the city’s best restaurants, coolest shops and most fascinating attractions. Visit the High Museum of Art, the Fox Theater, explore the Georgia Aquarium or stroll through Midtown Atlanta.

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