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Mark Greisiger of NetDilligence, a Cyber Risk Assessment Services and Data Breach Services company, recently interviewed Rational's Business Development Manager, Tom Preece, on ensuring proper data governance in the face of increased cyber threats.
Please follow this link to read the full interview, entitled "Data Governance: Managing and Safegaurding Important Information Assets," published on the Junto eRiskHub blog.
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Tom Preece, Rational’s Business Development Manager, recently spoke with Kurt Wimmer about his thoughts on emerging data privacy and security trends and how organizations should begin to address these risks. Kurt Wimmer is the U.S. chair of Covington & Burling’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice and is the immediate past chair of the Privacy and Information Security Committee of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section.
Tom Preece: You have written in the past about how companies manufacturing IoT devices will need to pay attention to consumers’ desire for privacy of personal data in order to be economically successful. However, there is an increasing sentiment that Generation Y values privacy far less than their preceding generations. As Gen Y purchasing power increases, will the IoT still boom without having to take this desire into account?
Kurt Wimmer: I think the privacy motivations of Generation Y are often misinterpreted. Of course, I agree that Gen Y members are willing to share more personal data than previous generations. But they will only do it on their own terms, and they are quite conscious of protecting their privacy. Gen Y consumers are also cautious about sharing information with institutions their parents trusted implicitly -- including banks and other financial institutions that didn’t fare well during the Great Recession. I don’t expect Gen Y consumers to trade privacy and data security for the simple convenience of IoT devices -- I expect them to be careful consumers.
Tom: What is your advice to Fortune 500 companies struggling to align their business goals and priorities with data security and privacy protection? Is compromise always necessary?
Kurt: I have seen a marked change in U.S. companies’ attitudes toward personal privacy over the course of my 20 years of practicing in the privacy area. Back in 2000, when the EU-US Safe Harbor came into force, I expected U.S. consumers to finally begin demanding the same privacy rights that U.S. companies were affording EU consumers under the Safe Harbor. That didn’t happen, but the rise of social media and the ubiquity of data breaches has caused the American public to finally focus on privacy and security as a product differentiator. Companies such as Microsoft and Apple now are taking tough privacy positions against government access of their customers’ data, and are finding that these policies resonate with consumers. In my view, Fortune 500 companies are moving toward more progressive and consumer-centric views of privacy, both as the marketplace has begun to demand it and as companies begin to understand that privacy can be a competitive advantage for their products and services in a competitive market.
Tom: Security and Privacy managers often fail to secure executive buy-in for comprehensive privacy or information security programs. What advice do you have for managers seeking such buy-in?
Kurt: Executive support for privacy and security programs is, of course, essential. Corporate structures take their cues from boards and CEOs, and leaders who understand and value privacy will create companies that protect privacy. I believe that executive buy-in for data privacy and cybersecurity programs is massively increasing in today’s market, both in light of cybersecurity issues arising out of high-profile data breaches such as Sony and in light of new penalties being adopted in Europe. The FTC, too, is being taken seriously as a tough regulator as it imposes 20-year consent orders on an increasing number of companies across industry, and state attorneys general are stepping up. These enforcement actions are gaining the attention of CEOs, CFO and boards of directors, and top-level corporate support for protecting privacy and security is increasing.
Tom: There seems to be a fundamental difference between the way that the US and EU view personal data, culminating most recently in the Safe Harbor agreement being struck down. Is one perspective more correct than the other, and why?
Kurt: Europe has long held that privacy is a fundamental human right, whether it is impinged by the government or a private company. The U.S. has had even longer historical protection for privacy, but U.S. privacy interests have focused on protecting the individual against the government. Both perspectives are valid, and arise from different cultural and historical experiences with privacy. In enacting the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Union has gone a step further in attempting to restrain commercial use of personal data, and it will be interesting to see how much that effort may impact the EU’s ability to host cutting-edge digital companies as the GDPR is implemented over the next two years.
Tom: What role does Information Governance play in data privacy and security?
Kurt: Enlightened companies looking to truly secure their data against internal and external threat often begin with organizing their data. Data storage often is based more on history than logic, and idiosyncratic storage procedures that have built up over time can present a serious danger to establishing clear administrative, physical and technical controls over important personal data, IP and trade secrets. Establishing an information governance system is often an important first step toward creating a secure and effective system for collecting, storing and effectively using a company’s data.
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Tom Preece, Rational’s Business Development Manager, recently spoke with James Sherer about his work as a litigator, author, e-discovery practitioner, and Information Governance thought leader. James Sherer is Counsel at BakerHostetler, where he co-chairs the Information Governance practice team and serves as part of the E-Discovery and Management and Privacy and Data Protection groups. His work focuses on litigation; discovery management processes; enterprise risk management; records and information governance; data privacy, security, and bank secrecy; technology integration issues; and related merger and acquisition diligence. James holds CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, and CEDS credentials as well as an MBA in finance; is a member of The Sedona Conference® Working Groups One, Six, and Eleven; and writes and presents on e-discovery, information governance, privacy, investigation, and merger and acquisition issues.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding this year, BakerHostetler is a leading national law firm that helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Tax – the firm has more than 940 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, an award-winning data privacy practice, and an industry-leading business practice. The firm is also recognized internationally for its groundbreaking work recovering more than $10 billion in the Madoff Recovery Initiative, representing the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Visit www.bakerlaw.com for more information.
Tom Prece: Your previous and current experience gives you a unique perspective into the shortcomings of the typical e-discovery process. As a litigator and as part of BakerHostetler’s E-Discovery and Management practice group, what is the most overlooked error? How is it best addressed?
James Sherer: I’m lucky that I’m able to bring my E-Discovery experience most directly to bear in the cases I’m involved in, and lucky as well to work at a firm with a team focused on E-Discovery and its application in litigation, regulatory response, and even merger and acquisition activity. BakerHostetler’s E-Discovery and Management (“E-DAM”) team is comprised of practicing litigators, and operates in close concert with but still separate and apart from BakerHostetler’s Litigation Support team. E-DAM practitioners provide strategic advice to case teams advocating intelligent discovery decisions. They are also expected to be well-versed in technological choices as well as the laws specific to discovery, including the recent changes to the Federal Rules. We’re therefore involved primarily in two phases of litigation: when we’re part of the case team generally, where we’re helping with that advocacy process with only the discovery aspects of the case but also witness selection and some points of overall strategy; and when there’s a problem specific to discovery, usually on the pleadings side.
Given all of that background, it’s my opinion that the most consistent issue I—and other people on my team face—is the thought that the technological solution will be “push-button easy.” It’s just not. And the solution to that predicament is being able to work with the other attorneys on the case, who often include attorneys working for the opposing party or the government, and being straightforward about exactly what the technology will do, how it operates, what the timing looks like, and what the end result will be.
Tom: From a former in-house counsel at a Fortune 500 company to now a co-chair of BakerHostetler’s Information Governance team, your perspective on IG has surely evolved. Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently and why?
James: I don’t know if I would be able to do it “differently,” but I think part of success in this area of practice is continual improvement of listening skills. The engineers who build the technologies are excited to talk about them; the people who build internal processes are just as excited to share. The key here is not telling people what you think they’ve said (or what they mean). Instead, active listening provides them with the opportunity to explain what they mean. The same holds true when interacting in peer groups within the E-Discovery, Data Privacy, and Information Governance spaces. Because active participation in these spaces means attending events and becoming involved in associations, a practitioner will see his or her peers over-and-over-and-over again. An elevator speech is unnecessary. Active listening is better.
Tom: You are a prolific published author. The BakerHostetler website lists 13 papers that you authored or co-authored in the past 2 years alone. What is your next topic and why are you choosing to write on it?
James: Thank you. It’s been a lot of fun, and most of the opportunities I’ve had to write have come from the people I work with or who I’ve met within those conferences and associations I mentioned earlier. I write either for the opportunity to write with people I respect and/or because I’m excited to learn from the topic. The best opportunities, of course, are those that involve both.
Most immediately, there is a cross-border Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) paper that will be published any day now in Bloomberg BNA that I co-authored with two other BakerHostetler attorneys. I am also one of five authors (including a law student) who contributed to an already-submitted second Merger & Acquisition Due Diligence paper that Richmond’s Journal of Law and Technology (“JOLT”) will publish this spring as a follow-up to our prior 2015 M&A article in JOLT. And I was one of three BakerHostetler attorneys contributing to an ABA book chapter on discovery-related search standards that was submitted earlier this year.
Finally, I’m currently writing another JOLT paper with two colleagues on the ethics of data privacy for JOLT’s February conference, and another drafting team I work with is submitting a paper for peer-review to the ECCWS conference in Berlin this summer on C-Suite recognition of insider threats.
Tom: As member of The Sedona Conference Working Group Series 1, 6 & 11, you have contributed to their thought-leadership articles as well. What are the common threads that run between Information Management, e-Discovery, and Privacy/Security?
James: Within the Sedona Conference, and as a supporting member certainly speaking only for myself, I’ve noted an interesting practice when it comes to drafting the advice the Sedona Conference provides. That is this: the drafters work to define, examine, and explain the specifics of the issue, whether it is a specific technology or protocol or point of law. But much of that research and discussion—and it is very active discussion—doesn’t make it into the final piece. That is because the Sedona Conference wants its work-product to last. Its members are aiming for principles that won’t become outdated as soon as the guidance makes it out of committee(s). And that’s a great process to understand when you’re relying on the principles as a practitioner: that the people who drafted them weren’t just thinking about “principles” when drafting. Instead, they were applying true, open-ended, inductive reasoning. They start with the specifics of the real world, and divine and present their principles from a background of true understanding.
Tom: The article “M&A Due Diligence…,” which you co-authored, suggests that the synergies of a framework encompassing Data Privacy, Information Security, E-Discovery, and Information Governance are necessary to a successful M&A deal, an event meant to find synergies between companies. For those who can only muster the focus to read a blog post as opposed to a 76-page paper, would you mind recounting the highlights?
James: While I still encourage interested readers to read both the first paper and the soon-to-be-published second paper, I think the overall point of the paper is that the time has come to include E-Discovery, Information Governance, Data Privacy, and Information Security in M&A due diligence. Which is not that big a stretch; I and my colleagues are certainly involved in those types of due diligence projects on a more-or-less consistent basis. But the article suggests that it’s not enough to think about these issues when they are impossible to miss. Instead, even if these issues are ultimately unnecessary for a given deal, there is still value in their consideration. Secondarily, once participants have determined that one (or all) of these issues should be part of the process, we present a framework for that type of consideration—hopefully providing value for people who are relatively new to this kind of work or these kinds of issues.
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Tom Preece, Rational’s Business Development Manager, recently spoke with Ted Augustinos, Partner at Locke Lord LLP, about his thoughts on how organizations should best address emerging trends in cyber and information security. Ted is a member of Locke Lord’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group, which assists clients in developing and enforcing data privacy and security policies to ensure compliance with the standards and practices of the industries and legal frameworks in which they operate. The group also provides legal evaluation, guides forensic evaluations, prepares data breach response plans, oversees remediation, and helps respond to inquiries from governmental agencies.
Tom Preece: It seems that despite a growing number of state, federal, and international laws dealing with cyber security breaches and privacy protection, legislation regularly lags behind technological advancement. How is this gap best addressed?
Ted Augustinos: Laws and regulations always lag the market, and that’s clearly the case in privacy and cyber security, where both the threats and solutions change very rapidly. That’s why the best approach is to view the issue of privacy and cyber security for what it is – an enterprise-wide risk management issue. Legal and regulatory compliance is certainly a part of the response, but if this is viewed as a legal problem, the real challenge will not be met. Similarly, it’s not just an IT problem, and IT professionals can’t solve it. The best approach addresses privacy and security holistically across the enterprise by incorporating legal and compliance resources, IT solutions, business leaders, HR personnel professionals, and marketing and PR talent.
Tom: The private sector seems to be responding to consumers demanding increased privacy, with companies like Apple making privacy protection a selling point. Will data privacy be a competitive advantage for companies?
Ted: Increasingly, we see that companies are looking for ways to trumpet their privacy and cyber security profile as a competitive advantage. Of course, this comes with risks, and woe to the company that says it’s better than its peers at this, but isn’t.
Tom: There has been an increased trend towards cloud computing in recent years, including a “cloud first” policy among many federal government departments. Are the advantages of moving to the cloud worth the purported risks, and what are the most important data privacy and security considerations a company should address before doing so?
Ted: The cloud solution is one of many options, and needs to be viewed as such. In considering a cloud solution, the question has to be asked, “compared to what?” Also, not all cloud solutions are created equal. Any assessment must include a thoughtful assessment of objectives, risks, and costs, all in the context of other available options, and all of that looks different for different companies.
Tom: There seems to be a large disparity in the information security maturation level of companies today, even amongst the Fortune 500. Without naming names, can you describe the worst or best information security program you have seen at large corporations.
Ted: The best of the best continually monitor the threat landscape, and reprioritize perceived threats. They follow developments in applicable laws and regulations, and in technology solutions, and update their policies, procedures, and technology to reflect these developments. Their business leaders work with privacy and security professionals in designing and implementing new products, services and initiatives, so that the related privacy and security issues are considered and addressed at the outset. Their governing boards are fully engaged and updated on these issues. The best conduct regular training of all personnel to avoid mistakes, and to identify and escalate incidents that may be of concern. They also conduct simulation exercises with their incident response teams, and use those experiences to improve.
It’s a rare company that hasn’t done any of these things, but the worst will face harsh consequences for not taking reasonable steps toward addressing their legal, regulatory and contractual obligations to protect the data with which they are entrusted, and toward mitigating these risks.
Tom: Many companies require the devastating impact of a security breach, regulatory investigation, or litigation to overcome the inertia of developing a modern information security or privacy protection program. For growing companies that have not yet felt this jolt, is there anything you might say to shock them into action?
Ted: No – if the daily news and the stories of their peers haven’t made an impression, there’s not much anyone can say! Seriously, to overcome the causes of inertia (typically, lack of budget, bandwidth, or a sense for where to start) I would suggest that they work with someone who can help identify and rank threats and vulnerabilities, and set a reasonable list of priorities. Then establish a reasonable budget that won’t bankrupt the company, and start working down the list. There are important things that can be done to improve the company’s risk profile with literally no budget, and there are others where a modest investment will make a significant improvement. There is no silver bullet, but focusing on these issues and establishing a culture of compliance and risk mitigation will better position the company to survive in the current and developing environment.
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