Cyber Security vs. Cyber Governance: What Corporate Counsel Must Know

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Everyone knows that data breaches are increasing exponentially.  And so are the laws and lawsuits pertaining to the breaches.  This expansion impacts in-house counsel in a substantial way, regardless of the size of their businesses.  The key question faced by in-house counsel is: how do I protect the business and stay abreast of the changing laws?

Answering this question may seem overwhelming, but it is not.  There are specific tangible measures that every business should have in place in order to reduce the risk of data breaches.  These measures fall under the critical umbrella of data governance, and they include: (a) developing and implementing corporate policies governing the protection of data; (b) monitoring and auditing compliance with those policies through various measures including state-of-the-art software; (c) exploring the prospects of purchasing cyber insurance, which is increasingly necessary and affordable; (d) creating and testing an incident-response plan; and perhaps most important, (e) training all professionals and employees so that they know how to follow the rules.

There also are specific tangible steps that every business should follow after a data breach.  The first step is to contact your insurer (if you have one) or your counsel.  This will help ensure that your remediation efforts are protected by the attorney-client privilege.  There are additional post-breach measures that this webinar will discuss, including compliance with statutory notification requirements, forensics analyses to stop the bleeding, and preparations to work with (or perhaps defend against) potential plaintiffs and regulators.  The objective of this program is to help audience participants to go back to their businesses and put sound best practices in place to protect their operations and reduce risks from a perhaps-inevitable breach.

Educational Objectives:
• How to prepare for a data breach
• How to help your firm or organization achieve true data governance
• How to handle and respond to a data breach

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
In-house counsel of firms and organizations of all sizes will benefit from the webinar.  Every firm is a target for data hackers, and all need to know about and follow practical tips for reducing risks both before and after a breach. 


Hillard Sterling, Partner, Winget, Spadafora & Schwartzberg, LLP

Mr. Hillard M. Sterling is Managing Partner of Winget, Spadafora & Schwartzberg, LLP's Chicago office. Mr. Sterling has worked on a variety of labor and employment matters, including disputes in federal and state courts involving non-competition and non-solicitation provisions, alleged breaches of employment agreements, alleged failures to pay commissions, and statutory wage claims such as those under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collections Act. Mr. Sterling also regularly represents a broad array of professionals in litigation, including attorneys, architects & engineers, accountants, agents and brokers, and real-estate professionals, among others, as well as directors & officers in a variety of business disputes. Mr. Sterling’s practice also focuses on technology and cyber disputes and issues, bringing 25 years of experience in the entire range of technology cases, such as disputes related to systems implementation, software development and licensing, and IT intellectual property. 

Alan Heyman, CEO, SMLR Group, Inc.

Mr. Alan Heyman, CEO of the SMLR Group, Inc., has more than 25 years’ experience in the cybersecurity and data communication world, having started one of the first Internet based Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) companies in the late 80’s. Mr. Heyman is a recognized expert in many phases of cybersecurity compliance and governance. Mr. Heyman has extensive experience in consulting with numerous companies in the field of cyber security insurance coverage, from the client side to add the proper and efficient type of coverage based upon needs analysis procedures. SMLR Group has numerous clients from regional banks to large financial services organizations concerned with compliance and governance issues, as well as security issues. Over the years, Mr. Heyman and his group have developed a singular expertise in stealth monitoring, to insure and police a client’s continuing compliance with their written polices while adhering to the latest state and federal laws and regulations. Central to this has been an ongoing strategic partnership with Raytheon | websence and their suite of products.

Mr. Heyman, a lecturer and columnist, is fully certified by the IBM Internet Security Solution’s Group in all phases of IT and Cybersecurity. He has spoken at more than 150 Cybersecurity and Cyber Governance seminars over the last few years and has written extensively about the field. Mr. Heyman is a graduate of the City College of NY with a BA and the NYU Graduate School of Business with an MBA.

Roy Hogsed, Executive Vice President of Sales, SMLR Group, Inc.

With over 30 years in the world of technology, Mr. Roy Hogsed has gained a reputation as a distinguished executive-level leader with deep success building several nationally recognized and profitable software application companies ranging from Managed File Transfer Systems to Cyber Security. Leveraging top-caliber sales teams, penetrating new markets, and partnering with multimillion dollar channel partners he has learned that empowering not only your sales force but your entire staff with the information and tools necessary to make better strategic marketing decisions is very likely to improve your company’s competitive advantage and profitability.  He contributes his success to great mentors who have guided him on his path through insightful tactical planning, proven go-to sales strategies, risk oriented teams and an insider view of client development and education.

Backed by a solid track record in; software sales, marketing (including extensive Internet Marketing), product development, Fortune 1000 client relationship development, and C-Level management he brings a honed ability to drive major initiatives by formulating strategic plans, structuring operations, and executing win-win scenarios. Throughout his career he has directed daily, skill enhancing activities for up to 450 employees and managed budgets in excess of $55M producing gained revenues just under $1B in 15 contiguous years.