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 is a seasoned privacy and cybersecurity law advisor whose practice focuses on the regulation of emerging technologies, compliance with evolving U.S. state and federal privacy legislation, and cross-border data protection matters. As co-leader of the firm’s EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) initiative, Melinda works with multinational clients to identify, evaluate, and manage the myriad of compliance obligations associated with corporate privacy and information security practices. Her broader practice includes advising on a wide variety of privacy and data security issues, including the use of biometrics, securing the Internet of Things, implementation of blockchain technologies, cybersecurity threats to the financial services and energy sectors, autonomous vehicles, genetic privacy, artificial intelligence, Big Data, information security incident response, and negotiating complex tech transactions.
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.
Masters of the subject matter!! Thanks so much.
Excellent course--one of the best offered. The information covered is highly relevant for all. The conversational interaction between the presenters created a dynamic and interesting learning environment. I highly recommend this course.
Very knowledgeable presenters!
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Excellent and clear presentation
Informative and interesting presentation.
Excellent follow up to previous presentation
This program was excellent. Very interesting examples and suggestions.
Really well done!