1. Why every CIO needs a cybersecurity attorney

    Cyber security has long been one of the main issues keeping CIOs awake at night. Now, with the number of high-profile cyber attacks seeming to increase each month, security is haunting IT leaders during the daytime, too. Distinguishing the technical experts from those responsible for legal obligations and risks will help companies develop better breach response plans. Understanding the role of an external cybersecurity firm will only help.

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    1. The breadth of industries who need this type of counsel has exploded.
    2. The plan should be very basic and the attorney is a key part in designing the plan.
    3. The government is going to look at how prepared you are to detect intrusion. Do you register attacks?  Do you encrypt data? Most companies have outward-facing policy to the public, but if you are not being preventative, you're ignoring the issue and you subject yourself to being hacked.
    4. Not all data is equal. How is being collected?  How is it being stored?  Discarded?  Those who guard data have been viewed as criminals when they got hacked, and that's not fair.
    5. Counsel and public relations should run the incident. IT provides them with the information to make decisions, but in reality, 99 percent of incident response and forensics is run through IT, not counsel.
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