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Cybersecurity & The Energy Industry: Understanding the Evolving Landscape and Managing the Risks

(388 Ratings)

Produced on: July 21, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

In the past few years we’ve seen an alarming increase in the volume and frequency of cyberattacks targeting energy industry infrastructure, computer systems, and intellectual property. What once were abstract and futuristic-seeming threats have become reality, with potentially terrifying consequences. As energy companies grapple with how to protect themselves against sophisticated cyberattacks, what do they need to know about their legal obligations and liability exposure? What are organizations in this sector expected to do when confronted by attackers that include hostile foreign governments and multinational cybercrime syndicates? In this presentation, BakerHostetler Counsel Melinda McLellan (New York) and Associate Emily Fedeles (New York) provide information, analysis, and insights to help oil, gas, and other energy sector entities understand and navigate the risks and legal responsibilities associated with identifying and protecting against cyber threats.  


Learning Objectives:

I.     Get informed about the evolving cybersecurity threats to companies in the energy sector, including increasingly sophisticated attacks targeting both information systems and physical infrastructure

II.     Learn about the complex web of data protection laws and regulations that may impose obligations on energy companies to defend against cyber risks and related hazards

III.    Gain awareness regarding the myriad costs of cyberattack fallout, from physical damage to assets and intellectual property losses to legal fees and remediation expenses

IV.     Learn what steps organizations in the energy industry can take to better manage these cybersecurity risks and mitigate the impact of a cyberattack


Melinda L. McLellan


Melinda McLellan works with clients to navigate complex privacy, cybersecurity, and data management issues in a rapidly evolving regulatory environment. She counsels companies of all sizes across multiple industry sectors, helping them to identify, evaluate, and manage the myriad compliance obligations associated with corporate privacy and information security practices. Melinda regularly advises on the creation, development, and implementation of global privacy and security policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines, as well as company codes of conduct and employee privacy training programs. Attentive to her clients' business needs, Melinda's proactive approach favors pragmatic, forward-thinking compliance strategies that emphasize prevention and mitigation of privacy and data security risks.

Select Experience:

  • Advises clients on the development and implementation of enterprise-wide privacy and information security programs, including by creating employee privacy training modules and drafting company codes of conduct, policies, standards, procedures and guidelines related to the protection of personal data.
  • Develops compliance strategies for the execution of multi-marketer and multimedia digital and mobile marketing campaigns, regularly advising on online behavioral advertising issues, CAN-SPAM Act requirements, regulations imposed by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule and National Do-Not-Call Registry, and the FCC's regulations applicable to telemarketing calls and text messages.
  • Counsels clients on the legal implications of various data collection and analytics technologies, including facial recognition software, in-store WiFi tracking and web-based tools used for behavioral marketing and geotargeting purposes.

Emily Fedeles


Emily Fedeles is an associate in the New York office of BakerHostetler, where she maintains a general litigation practice and serves as part of both the E-Discovery and Management and the Privacy and Data Protection groups. Emily regularly works with clients across multiple industry sectors on a wide range of matters, including assisting with the oversight of discovery and Electronically Stored Information issues as well as developing litigation and regulatory responses to data breaches. She has experience advising clients regarding the management of international data flows  and the use of cross-border data transfer mechanisms.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Emily practiced litigation in Geneva, Switzerland, where she developed a wealth of experience relating to cross-border litigation and discovery issues and data privacy and security considerations. She began her legal career as an associate in Florida, where she was a member of three trial teams for multi-million dollar cases in both state and federal court.

Emily attended Emory University for both undergrad and law school, where she held an internship with The Atlanta Spirit and served as a juvenile public defender under the Third Year Practice Act. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/E) and The Sedona Conference® Working Groups One, Six, and Eleven. Emily has written and spoken on e-discovery and privacy issues with a particular focus on the impacts of emerging technologies.


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greg s.

well done. very clear and informative.

Alexandra F.

Very Useful

Chase L.

good overview

michael g.

Very good overview of the importance of cyber security.

Paul T.

Great speakers

Catherine H.

thank you, very interesting information & well presented

Michael R.

Very informative, well timed, and inspired future interest in material.

Steve M.

Ms. McLellan is one of my favorite presenters.

Nathaniel F.

Excellent presentation.

Elizabeth A.

Informative! Great speakers!

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