Cybersecurity

Information technology is everywhere today, including in our hospitals and doctors’ offices, generally making life easier and less costly for both service providers and consumers.  Because of the risks of exposure of sensitive or private information, however, cybersecurity requires a dedicated team of lawyers who have experience with information security and privacy and its constantly changing rules and regulations.  Whether caused by a simple mistake, like an employee misplacing a USB drive, to intentional, like sophisticated cyber-attacks by external malicious actors, security breaches can range from a minor nuisance or inconvenience to a crippling critical event for a company.

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Information technology is everywhere today, including in our hospitals and doctors’ offices, generally making life easier and less costly for both service providers and consumers.  Because of the risks of exposure of sensitive or private information, however, cybersecurity requires a dedicated team of lawyers who have experience with information security and privacy and its constantly changing rules and regulations.  Whether caused by a simple mistake, like an employee misplacing a USB drive, to intentional, like sophisticated cyber-attacks by external malicious actors, security breaches can range from a minor nuisance or inconvenience to a crippling critical event for a company.

Attorneys on Lewis Thomason’s cybersecurity team have experience in diverse industries, including health care, finance, education, and nonprofit.  Our firm helps clients navigate complex layers of federal, state, and international law, including data breach notification and privacy protection acts and accompanying regulations.  We take a multidisciplinary approach to effectively manage breach responses and mitigate losses resulting from a cybersecurity incident.  Our attorneys begin assisting our clients at the discovery of a data breach and guide them through the response stages to ensure that they meet legal, regulatory, and contractual obligations concerning the collection, use, transmission, storage, and destruction of data.

To minimize exposure to liability and mitigate reputational risk, Lewis Thomason provides cybersecurity services in two primary areas:  legal advisory and litigation and regulatory defense.  Legal advisory includes internal risk awareness and training, security policy development and review, incident response plan development and review, cyber insurance policy coverage consultation, and breach investigation and breach response management consulting.  Litigation and regulatory defense include representation in administrative actions and penalties arising from data breach and in traditional lawsuits.

Through our approach working closely with in-house technology departments, we help our clients manage and protect customers’ personal data, proprietary information, and other information assets.  We also rely on the expertise of a number of IT security service providers across Tennessee with which we have forged strategic relationships to proactively develop cybersecurity preparedness and responses to cybersecurity incidents.

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