Cybersecurity and Data Privacy for Lawyers


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Approved for 3 hours of General CLE Credit, 2 hours of Ethics, and 3 hours of Technology


Presented at the 2019 Annual Florida Bar Convention this seminar covers topics such as data security when dealing with third party vendors, blockchain, and data privacy laws affecting the practice of law. This seminar consists of three one hour long presentations. Those presentations are:

Vulnerable Vendors: The Critical Role of Service Providers in Law Firm and Corporate Legal Department Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is only as strong as your weakest link. No matter how well you shore up your firm or corporate legal department, you can still become vulnerable through a vendor. Chances are you’ve heard of more than one company recently that has suffered costly, embarrassing, and damaging breaches that jeopardized customer relationships. For corporate legal departments, the weak link may be an outside law firm. For a law firm, the weak link may be a deposition services provider. What can happen if the deposition services provider systems are hacked? In this informative one-hour course, we will take a comprehensive look at security capabilities that law firms and corporations should look for in deposition services providers to address cybersecurity risks in a way that should help satisfy the Duty of Technical Competence.

Updates on Blockchain, Fintech and Current Applications in Law
While blockchain technology is still in the early adoption phase, experts agree worldwide that it is expected to gradually permeate every area of our lives. In this class you will learn about recent advancements and applications of blockchain to major industries including government, identity management, banking and financial services, and self-executing transactions. We will discuss how the adoption of blockchain in these industries is expected to impact litigation, and we will review how recent legislative activity in Florida and around the United States is developing to affect blockchain adoption and implementation.

Survey of Data Privacy Laws and Compliance: A Moving Target
This seminar addresses the changing landscape of privacy laws and how they relate to the use and governance of data within organizations. Topics to be covered include a survey of existing sector-specific privacy laws, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and newer data privacy laws, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). It will address the impact and scope of these laws, as well as the methodologies used by organizations to assess and build compliance.

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