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Harter Secrest & Emery Offers Data Breach Education Program

July 16, 2014
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Attorneys from a wide range of businesses and organizations gathered at the law firm Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (HSE) today to learn about data breach. HSE sponsored the event – Data Breach: Perspectives from Law Enforcement, Legal, Auditing, and Insurance Fields – for the Central & Western New York Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).

Data breaches are increasing in frequency and have taken center stage in the media. A wide variety of industries have been affected and are at risk, leading organizations to question their own data policies and their ability to respond when a breach occurs.

The program educated corporate counsel about the risks, regulatory implications and potential litigation arising from a data breach. Topics covered included:

  • Best practices for preparing for, and hopefully avoiding, a data breach, including contracts with security vendors, cyber risk insurance, and organizational readiness for a breach
  • Crisis management and reporting duties in response to a data breach
  • Internal investigations arising out of a data breach, including interaction with law enforcement and regulators
  • Indemnification claims arising from a data breach
  • Potential litigation and regulatory action
  • State and federal rules that apply

HSE attorneys led three sessions at the event, including:

  • Law Enforcement/ Internal Investigations with Brian Feldman, Esq., HSE; and Special Agent Kevin Parker, FBI Buffalo Field Office
  • Planning for and Responding to a Breach with F. Paul Greene, Esq., HSE; Charlie Wood, member of The Bonadio Group’s Enterprise Risk Management Division; and Carl Cadregari, Executive Vice President and Practice Lead, Bonadio IT/IS Enterprise Risk Management
  • Insuring for the Breach with Jeffery Wadsworth, Esq., HSE; and Adam Cottini and Daniel Sherry, Arthur J. Gallagher Co.

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

The firm with the most US News/Best Lawyers Top Tier rankings in Western New York, Harter Secrest & Emery provides business and specialty legal services to clients ranging from individuals and family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies and major regional institutions. With offices in Rochester, Buffalo, Albany and Corning, New York, the firm comprises more than 130 attorneys and a total staff of 260.

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