The McNees Privacy & Data Security team develops programs to bring organizations into compliance with U.S. and International privacy regulations as well as limit the risk of data security breaches, and helps clients respond quickly and effectively to mitigate financial and reputational harm following cyberattacks and other data exposure events.
Businesses and institutions have a vital responsibility to protect data from hacking and other security threats. Every organization that collects and stores personal information belonging to customers, employees, or other individuals must implement appropriate policies and protections to ensure the privacy of those stakeholders.
Attacks by hackers and other data breaches pose a tremendous risk to businesses today. A single data breach can ruin corporate reputations and business relationships and can create substantial liabilities. Entities collecting and maintaining personal information must be prepared to respond quickly, and in compliance with state, federal, and where applicable, international laws, to address any potential data breach.
McNees has assembled a collaborative team of attorneys with the varied skills needed in order to develop and implement practical solutions to privacy threats across many industries. The group’s leader, Devin Chwastyk, has earned the designation of Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, which accredits lawyers and other professionals, and its co-leader, Sandy Garfinkel, has handled hundreds of data breach incidents and has counseled corporate clients from virtually every industry concerning data security and privacy best practices and compliance. Our cybersecurity lawyers help manage risk by advising clients how to protect data and prepare as fully as possible to respond in the event of a breach.
As legal leaders in this practice area, group members frequently publish articles, offer podcasts, and present seminars to clients and business groups on data security topics.
The Privacy & Data Security Group offers knowledgeable and experienced representation in all aspects of data security, including: