In-House Counsel and Cybersecurity: The Need to Lead

For most companies, the in-house attorneys’ roles and responsibilities are not exactly delineated within a concrete list. Instead, their day-to-day duties, and the areas in which they are involved, tend to expand and shift, depending on the existing needs of the company. Obviously, the in-house team spends quite a bit of time reviewing contracts, crafting both internal and external documents and agreements, and helping the executive board make strategic decisions in a manner that mitigates risk.

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Contract Management Lessons from the UCLA Healthcare Data Breach

The list of high-profile data breaches keeps on growing. It seems that no one is immune from a potential attack these days, as companies in the retail, entertainment, and healthcare sectors have been hit, as well as government offices. The latest headline-grabbing breach involving the UCLA Health System is shocking and rather unfortunate considering that the lack of strict security protocols were to blame, at least in part, for the hackers’ successful invasion. This latest breach offers some important lessons for companies entrusted with the safekeeping of sensitive and/or confidential data. Security measures around contract management aren't often as stringent as those around storing other types of company data. Due to the confidential information contained in employee contracts, supplier contracts, and virtually every other type of contract, it is imperative that those responsible for contract management take heed and implement basic security measures. 

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Employee Contracts Hacked

It is rare that a week goes by without the news broadcasting that yet another large corporation, or national government (including our own sadly), has been the victim of a data breach. In far too many instances, these savvy but devious hackers manage to obtain the personal data of thousands of employees and clients. In this current information age – where data is greatly demanded, routinely shared, and in many cases, highly valued – companies (and governments) must take a careful approach to the management and safekeeping of its employee's contracts.

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