Cybersecurity and Privacy in 2015

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Cyberattacks have become a reality of modern-day business and present a risk certain to continue into the foreseeable future. No organization is immune from attack, regardless of size or industry, and the capacity for hackers to inflict significant damage has increased. U.S. corporations are experiencing data breaches – including the theft of confidential information, denial of service attacks, and “ransomware” attacks – on a daily basis.

Cybersecurity today is not merely the responsibility of a company’s IT group. As with any critical function within an organization, governance over and management of cybersecurity is an essential “best practice.” Good governance not only helps companies make appropriate strategic cybersecurity decisions, but studies have shown it reduces the cost of a cyberattack.

On the privacy front, opportunities to monetize data continue to expand. However, regulators, consumers, and government officials also are focused on this area, and companies must be careful with how they use data, what they tell consumers, and how they market their products and services.

The faculty presenting this program will focus on the key issues in cybersecurity for 2015.

Educational Objectives:
• Learn about cyber attack preparedness, response planning and partnering with the government.
• Understand the fiduciary responsibility of senior management and the board.
• Hear about the state of class action litigation.
• Find out about developments in cybersecurity insurance.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Corporate counsel and data privacy and security officers; professionals managing their organization's websites; privacy and Internet law practitioners.



Stuart Levi is co-head of Skadden’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group, and he coordinates the firm’s outsourcing and privacy practices. Mr. Levi has a broad and diverse practice that includes outsourcing transactions, technology and intellectual property licensing, privacy and cyber security advice, branding and distribution agreements, cloud computing agreements, technology transfers, strategic alliances and joint ventures. He also counsels clients on a variety of issues, including website and technology policies, intellectual property matters and legislative compliance. His background in computer science, data privacy and the information technology industry allows Mr. Levi to understand the technology and business drivers underlying agreements and transactions in this area.

Mr. Levi earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude, in Computer Science and Political Science from Columbia University, Columbia College. He is admitted to practice in New York.


Joshua Gruenspecht advises clients in a variety of transactional, regulatory and litigation matters, including cross-border transactions, commercial service agreements, regulatory proceedings, and privacy and cybersecurity issues.  His transactional and regulatory practice involves representation of domestic businesses and foreign entities before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Defense Security Service (DSS), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other government bodies on communications, national security, and cybersecurity matters.  He has negotiated and drafted security agreements, network and physical security plans and policies, and other filings before CFIUS, DSS, and the FCC, among others.  Mr. Gruenspecht also represents companies in cybersecurity-related matters, develops cybersecurity-related policies and best practices, and negotiates with government agencies over access to internal networks and related information.  He has also worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies in responding to Congressional requests for information regarding their cybersecurity preparedness.

Mr. Gruenspecht earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.S. from Yale University.  He is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.