By Bret Piatt
Jun 19, 2018
This past Saturday, June 16, episode 90 of Cyber Talk Radio hit the air on 1200 WOAI and iHeartRadio streaming. I was joined by Lui Chambers, shareholder, and Jobe Jackson, associate, from law firm Langley & Banack, to discuss legal issues in the cyber world.
We start off the segment with an introduction to Langley & Banack, one of the biggest firms in San Antonio. Lui is a corporate litigation attorney who does a lot of contracts for small- and medium-sized companies, and her work for them has become more increasingly in the realm of cybersecurity. Surprisingly, many companies, especially smaller ones, don’t have employee handbooks. Those that do are increasingly worried about their exposure to cybersecurity issues. Lui acknowledged that training people to increase cybersecurity is important, but has its restrictions, related to time and money resources. It’s not just important to protect data once it is stored, but to make sure that inputs and exports of that data are protected when they are transferred. Looking at GDPR, which protects the data of residents of the European Union, there has been a big rush to protect consumer data, and it’s encouraging people to make adjustments that should’ve already been in place. In the United States, businesses need to make sure to look at state-specific regulations, especially because most companies have some clients outside their own states. What do you do when you receive a data breach notice? Make a response plan with your team according to data notification laws.
In the second half of the show, we move to the topic of how to respond to potential threats. In terms of cyber thieves and hackers, Jobe, a civil litigation attorney, has dealt with many cases where entire home purchasing funds were stolen. When transferring large amounts of money, make sure to confirm in multiple ways when previously decided channels of transfer are suddenly changed, because hackers have become much more convincing in their communications. This is why employee training is paramount. Businesses should make sure that their data protection policies are followed and understood by all employees, or you put yourself and your customers at risk. Also, do make sure that your contracts are legible by non attorneys, so that customers and employees alike can comprehend their contents.
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