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March 02, 2020

13th Annual ABA/FCBA Privacy and Data Security Symposium

13th Annual ABA/FCBA Privacy and Data Security Symposium

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, Washington, D.C.

(Plus 7 Remote Locations – Broadcast LIVE)

"The Changing Cybersecurity Landscape for Communications Companies and Their Law Firms: Are You Ready?"

Registration is now closed.

Keynote Address by The Honorable David Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, and Adminstrator, NTIA (Invited)

Within the first five months of his administration, President Trump signed an executive order designed to improve the nation’s cybersecurity efforts.  Executive Order 13800 was generally hailed by both Republicans and Democrats as timely and important, as destabilizing cyberattacks like the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware outbreaks demonstrate implementing a robust national cybersecurity posture and defending critical infrastructure cannot wait.  While the Executive Order produced detailed analysis and reports on the country’s cybersecurity framework, some experts clamor for more aggressive action by the Trump Administration, especially with respect to our nation’s communications systems.  This year’s Symposium will examine this Executive Order, along with Congress, the FCC, and federal and state agency attempts to bolster the nation’s cyber defenses.  The individual sessions also will discuss the state of cyber law and recent cybersecurity incidents and risks to the telecommunications and media industries, including law firms.  We will discuss the ABA and state bar association model codes and formal opinions and explore best practices for staying ahead of and responding to increasingly sophisticated cyber threats.  

Session I – State of the Law and Enforcement

Government entities took both proactive and reactive steps to address various cybersecurity concerns in 2017.  Particularly in Congress, data breach notification and data security issues raised alarm among lawmakers following the Equifax hack exposed in August.  However, other efforts, such as those by states and the executive branch have sought, in part, to be more proactive in countering cyber threats.  Federal and state entities addressed cybersecurity concerns through a variety of initiatives, including providing more funding for improved security measures, requiring government agencies or businesses to implement specific types of security practices, increasing penalties for computer crimes and assessing threats to critical infrastructure.  Session I will examine enacted measures to protect and strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity framework.  Further, the panel will discuss what more federal and state governments must accomplish to ensure robust protections against growing cyber threats.

Session II – Requirements and Best Practices for Staying Ahead of and Responding to Cyber Threats

Major cybersecurity attacks are increasingly common and sophisticated, affecting large and small organizations in the private and public sectors.  Communications companies and law firms are both particularly prized targets for cybercriminals.  The potential impact of a coordinated attack on an organization, its brand and its customer trust is significant, regardless of whether or not an attack results in data breaches or data theft.  Cybersecurity against today’s threats requires full attention and engagement across an organization, including its affiliates, suppliers/vendors, and professional companies, such as law firms, extending well beyond the realm of IT.  Session II will discuss cybersecurity prevention strategies to help mitigate communications companies and their law firms’ risks for inadvertent disclosure of confidential information in addition to identification of legal requirements and best practices to stay ahead of emerging threats.

Symposium Sponsors:  Harris Wiltshire & Grannis; Lerman Senter; and Wilkinson Barker Knauer

ABA Passport Sponsors:  Ballard Spahr; Butzel Long; Covington & Burling; Davis Wright Tremaine; Duane Morris; Haynes and Boone; Jackson Walker; Kelly Drye & Warren; Pepper Hamilton; Sheppard Mullin; Vinson & Elkins; Warner Norcross & Judd; and Wiley Rein

Registration: The ABA/FCBA Privacy & Data Security Symposium originates in Washington, DC, with broadcast transmissions to Arnold & Porter Offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, West Palm Beach, Houston and Denver.  Telephone-only remote transmission will also be available for persons located outside of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.

$225 for Private Sector FCBA/ABA Forum Members
$100 for Government/Academic/Transitional FCBA/ABA Forum Members
$50 for FCBA/ABA Forum Student Members
$400 for Non-Members Private Sector