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Managing an International Cyber Incident: Legal Considerations During Aftermath of a Breach

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This event will simulate a hypothetical cross-border cyber-security crisis, participants will witness the various and often conflicting stakeholder interests engaged in a crisis and will learn about the steps to take to minimise legal exposure in the first few hours and days after a crisis arises.

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About the event

The continued frequency of high-profile cyber breaches, such as Yahoo!, Tesco Bank, LinkedIn and even the NSA, emphasises the need for all organisations to dedicate significant time and resources to developing pro-active information security policies and practices. However, no matter how watertight these might appear to be on paper, cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated so that even the most diligent companies recognise that it is a case of "when" not "if" their cyber-security systems will be compromised.

In parallel, increased regulatory scrutiny across Europe and the US, and the pending introduction of the Network & Information Security Directive and the General Data Protection Regulation in 2018,  are imposing additional burdens in terms of information security compliance.  A growing media interest in mass cyber breaches and a trend towards more litigation arising out of them will only add to the pressure companies are finding themselves under in this area.

To be armed and ready for the inevitable, sound preparation should include a multi-team incident response strategy, which sets out plans for both immediate and longer-term responses to a crisis and makes provision for practice runs.  This session aims to demonstrate why this is essential preparation.

This event will walk delegates through the hypothetical crisis and cover the following topics:

  • Conduct of initial investigation into a cyber-incident – collection, transfer and analysis of forensic evidence, preservation of legal privilege and management of HR/employee-related issues
  • Communication and PR strategies to control information-spread and protect corporate reputation
  • Legal remedies available on an urgent basis to "stop the bleeding"
  • Applicable laws and guidance that require notifications to regulators and customers
  • Follow-on litigation by customers/clients/employees, or against Info-sec suppliers

This SIG is championed by Ali Ramadan of Bird & Bird.

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Registration and networking with refreshments


Welcome to Bird & Bird, Ali Ramadan, Partner, Bird & Bird


The Realities of Today's Cyber Security Landscape


Split into groups for the "Responding to a Cyber Incident Activity"

Groups led by Bird & Bird lawyers; Bryony Hurst, Jack Colthurst, Jamie Drucker, James Froud
Groups will role-play in-house counsel incident response


Summation of incident responses, followed by Bird & Bird top tips


Refreshments and networking


Event closes


Jack Colthurst - Associate, Dispute Resolution, Bird & Bird

James Froud - Partner, International HR, Independent

Bryony Hurst - Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution, Bird & Bird

SIG Champions

Julia Gwilt - Partner, Appleyard Lees IP LLP

Since joining the patent profession in 1997, Julia has worked on software-implemented inventions such as cryptography and communication networks as well as inventions having complex mathematics, including machine learning at their core. Julia also has considerable experience of working with clients whose inventions lie outside of mathematics in technologies such as agricultural equipment and consumer products including sanitary ware, hair-care devices and e-readers. As well as managing the prosecution of patent portfolios covering the UK and overseas, she has been involved in contentious matters. In recent years, she has managed over 70 oppositions to European patents, most in the field of electronic program guides. Julia is also very interested in training and is a founding member of the Patent Examination Board. In her former position as a partner at Marks & Clerk LLP, Julia spearheaded the training academy which provided both academic support and a peer network to help M&C trainees in preparing for the examinations. She also offers bespoke training programmes to her clients.

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Anthony Waller - Partner, CMS

Anthony Waller is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Team at CMS London. Anthony deals with all aspects of corporate work, including private company and business acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers, schemes of arrangement, fundraisings, venture capital investments and IPOs, joint ventures and reorganisations. Anthony works alongside the firm's international Corporate team. Anthony has advised clients in the TMT sector for many years, advising established international companies on a variety of transactions and public company issues. His practice focuses on high growth technology companies, acting for both the companies themselves and investors into the sector.

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Bird & Bird LLP, 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP

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