Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Information, Assets, & Officers

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Retailers, hospitals, universities, financial institutions and many more industries have faced serious data breaches. Most organizations are not compliant with the numerous privacy and data security laws and risk substantial exposure because they possess customers’ and clients’ Social Security numbers, credit cards and driver’s license numbers.

No business entity, large or small, is safe, especially because of the increase in the collection of personal information about customers and employees and the complications that can arise from the processing, storing, disposing and sharing of personal information. A comprehensive approach to data privacy and network security is critical. The faculty presenting this program will focus on:

• Compliance with state and foreign data security regulations
• Proactive policies and practices, including incident response plans, written information security programs (WISP), training, confidentiality agreements, document retention and employee policies
• Proactive measures to avoid data breaches
• Immediate and appropriate actions when a data breach occurs
• Potential liability for company officers and directors
• An explanation of the “Internet of Things” and how security controls to help protect your institution
• Answering your questions

Educational Objectives:
• Learn the greatest threats facing organizations today
• Find out about legal changes regarding privacy and data security
• Understand increased regulatory enforcement
• Discover appropriate responses to a breach that minimize damages and costs

Who would benefit most from attending this program? 
CEOs, senior executives, managing partners, general counsel, privacy and data security practitioners.




Jim Giszczak is a Member of McDonald Hopkins and serves as Vice Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and Chair of its Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group. He advises clients regarding data security measures and responding to security breaches involving sensitive personal information and protected health information. Mr. Giszczak also works with clients in a myriad of industries to assess and implement appropriate data security safeguards. If a data breach occurs, he acts as a breach coach, ensuring compliance and minimizing exposure.

Mr. Giszczak has extensive knowledge advising clients concerning auditing and litigating non­compete, non­disclosure and trade secret matters in nearly every industry. In addition, he has considerable nationwide experience prosecuting and defending employers and employees in non­compete, non­disclosure and trade secret litigation, as well as injunction hearing expertise. Mr. Gisczcak has litigated these types of matters in 37 states and counseled in all 50 states.

Mr. Gisczcak earned a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame School of Law and a B.A., with honors, from the University of Michigan, James Madison College. He is admitted to practice in Michigan as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Richik Sarkar is a Member of McDonald Hopkins. He anticipates, identifies and addresses his clients' legal, compliance and business issues and disputes before they become complicated problems that create operational and reputational risk.

Mr. Sarkar is listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America® and has been an "Ohio Super Lawyer" since 2005 with recognized expertise in contracts, commercial law, sales and trade practices, business torts, professional negligence and malpractice, financial services law, internal investigations, corporate governance and compliance and risk management. His clients include public and private entities of all sizes including small and minority-owned businesses, sports and media agencies, technology companies, school districts, governments, utilities, multi-national corporations, and global, national, and regional financial institutions and community banks.

Mr. Sarkar counsels business, non-profit, and government clients in the areas of risk management, crisis management, complex commercial litigation and class action defense, business torts, data privacy, social media, RICO, fraud, business interference, director and officer liability, fiduciary liability, the UCC, consumer protection, unfair competition, UDAP (Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices), government investigations, internal investigations, and regulatory compliance (FCPA, FCA, TCPA, and the like). He also counsels financial institutions and third-party vendors, public school districts, school boards, and other governmental entities.

Mr. Sarkar earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A., with honors, from the University of Michigan. He is admitted to practice in Ohio as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.


Joseph Compton is a Principal with Skoda Minotti’s risk advisory services practice. He has more than 25 years of IT and business management experience, with the past 15 years focusing on compliance and technology security management within the financial services industry.

As a CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor), QSA (Qualified Security Assessor) and a CISSP (Certified Information Security Professional), Mr. Compton’s consulting practice is focused on four main areas: IT Security Audit and Penetration Testing; IT Security Program Development; Risk Assessment Facilitation; and Business Continuity Planning.

Mr. Compton earned a B.A. from John Carroll University. He has also earned a certificate in executive management from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. A lifelong learner, Mr. Compton is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland (2014) and the Mandel Leadership Program (2014) at the Cleveland Jewish Federation. He serves on the Board of Lake Catholic High School, as chairman of the Technology Committee for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and as Treasurer of the Cleveland Arts Prize.