We have continued to see a rise in attempted attacks on energy infrastructure using malicious software and other cyber weapons. Recent examples include the May 2017 Wannacry cyberattack that affected companies and governments worldwide, which was followed closely in June 2017 by Petya (which hobbled online controls and critical systems at Chernobyl), and significant havoc caused by “NotPetya” in January 2018. Adding fuel to the fire, the proliferation of ransomware has further incentivized would-be cybercriminals by introducing the potential for financial gains.
As the energy sector grapples with how to protect itself against evolving threats, what do companies need to know about their legal obligations and potential liability? The increasing probability that an attack will result in devastating consequences has raised the profile of cyberinsurance as a necessary component of security risk management, but what else should businesses be doing? In this presentation, BakerHostetler Partner Melinda McLellan and Associate Sara Goldstein will provide information, analysis, and insights to help energy sector entities understand and navigate the risks and legal responsibilities associated with identifying and protecting against cyber threats.
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.
Sara Goldstein focuses her practice on legal issues related to privacy and data protection. As the former vice president and general counsel of a large provider of release of information and disclosure management services, Sara was responsible for overseeing all of the company’s legal and compliance-related matters. This experience gives her a depth of knowledge regarding her clients’ needs, bringing a business-oriented perspective to her practice and allowing her to provide legal guidance that is realistic and practical for her clients.
Sara has authored a variety of industry-related articles in publications such as the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association(AHIMA), The Group Practice Journal, Compliance Today and RACMonitor.com. She has been invited to speak to organizations across the country about release of information, compliance with federal and state medical privacy laws, and breach prevention. She is also an adjunct professor of law at Drexel University, where she teaches a course on HIPAA and patient privacy.
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