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EDITOR'S NOTE
There’s a lot about cybersecurity that troubles general counsel, but data breach litigation hasn’t been high on the list. There haven’t been that many cases and most were quickly dismissed. But that seems to be changing, as you’ll learn from a well-reported article written for us by reporter Matt Fleischer-Black. Plaintiffs lawyers have found ways to defeat motions to dismiss, and that’s led to some large settlements. ​​READ


David Hechler, Editor-in-Chief
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Once these cases were routinely flattened with a motion to dismiss, but not anymore.
By Matt Fleischer-Black
Data breach lawsuits have evolved from a relatively mild potential risk into an increasingly active, costly and multipronged threat. Not only do companies have to worry about class actions brought by consumers whose data was stolen, shareholders regularly file suit after stock prices plummet following a breach. READ
INTERVIEW:  MATT LAVIGNA / NATIONAL CYBER-FORENSICS & TRAINING ALLIANCE [NCFTA]
The NCFTA gets both sides to sign on and then puts them together in a room to share information on cybersecurity.


The National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance has found a way not only to encourage cooperation between the public and private sectors on cybersecurity, but to make it happen. That’s the reason the nonprofit, which is not exactly a household name, has nonetheless earned international recognition. READ
After lots of planning, the public launch was an annual conference.
By David Hechler
Photography by Carissa McKinney
Law school deans are always looking ahead for the challenges their graduates will soon be encountering. That’s part of the job of preparing tomorrow’s lawyers. And Robert Wilcox, dean of the University of South Carolina School of Law, saw cybersecurity as an area he couldn’t ignore.“You’re always looking to be sure that you don’t fall behind and miss a curve that’s beginning to form,” Wilcox said. “And this looked like a wave. So we felt like we needed to get on board.” READ
INTERVIEW: KAREN SCHULER & GREGORY GARRETT / BDO
No surprise what their biggest concerns are: data breaches and data privacy.
The giant accounting consultancy BDO recently released a survey of in-house lawyers. Much of the report focused on cybersecurity and data privacy. But it also examined the influence that e-discovery has had on these fields, and ultimately on information governance itself. READ

Source: BDO USA