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Legal BlackBook


Our interview with Prof. Matthew Waxman of Columbia Law School opens a window into the way courses on cybersecurity are being received on campus these days. In a word, the field is booming. ​ READ
David Hechler, Editor-in-Chief
Now that California has broken the ice, will other states follow, and will Congress pre-empt?
The first half of 2018 brought a new privacy law from Europe that was two years in the making and a bolt from the blue in California. Now there are questions about what’s next in privacy legislation—from the states and from D.C. The lawyer who runs the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s legislative department walks us through the possibilities. READ.
Tapping into multidisciplinary instruction, law schools provide students with the kind of background they need.
The word “cybersecurity” may raise the blood pressure of general counsel, but it provokes a very different reaction in law students. Instead of data breaches, they think of jobs. Matthew Waxman has an excellent vantage from which to observe this phenomenon. He’s a professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches (among other subjects) cybersecurity. It’s a pretty good gig to have right now. READ.
Many people agree that the partnership could work better. Here’s a proposal to show the way.
By Dauna Williams
Effective management of a company’s cybersecurity and privacy workflow requires a strong and straightforward partnership between IT and the law department. But both groups in almost any organization will acknowledge that there’s plenty of room for improvement. Here’s how to make it happen. ​ READ.
The ABA offers information designed to protect companies (and law firms) from the ever-shifting onslaught.
By David Hechler
Since June the American Bar Association has been holding a series of monthly webinars it calls “Cybersecurity Wake-Up Call: The Business You Save May Be Your Own.”  The fifth and final installment will be held on Wednesday, October 17. We tuned in to the one in August. It wasn’t slick or fancy, but it was packed with good information. READ.
They would. And they did.
By David Hechler
A weird message kept popping up on my screen. It was requesting my password, and it appeared to be from Apple. Why did they want my password? To make changes, the message said. Hmmm. READ.