Privacy and Cybersecurity

Privacy and Cybersecurity

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The importance of privacy is not a new concept. For centuries, our sensitive personal and business information has been guarded against disclosure by our federal and state constitutions, by laws regarding invasion of privacy, misappropriation, and breach of confidentiality, and by laws protecting intellectual property, such as trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, and patents.

Today, as more sensitive and critical information and data is collected, stored, used, and disclosed electronically, the risks have heightened for any organization that touches personal, health, financial, human resources, trade secret, and other sensitive information in the course of domestic and international business operations. Every company in virtually every industry has cyber security and privacy concerns, including:

  • Data breaches of organizations of all sizes are a recurring headline in major news sources and a focus of Congressional concern.
  • We continue to hear about “hackers” and the theft of sensitive and personal information and intellectual property, including information we are entrusted to keep safe for others.
  • We face increasingly overlapping systems of international, federal, and state statutes, administrative regulations, common law, and evolving cybersecurity and privacy industry standards governing how data is collected, used, stored, and shared. Together, these present new compliance challenges as well as increased risks of potential civil and regulatory liability, financial penalties, and reputational harm.
  • How we collect, use, and transfer data during litigation and “eDiscovery” is increasingly regulated by the courts during disputes.

We all know that we need to protect sensitive and personal information. But as threats, laws, and expectations change continuously, the questions “What should we do?” and “How should it be done?” are often difficult to answer without guidance. This is why many of our clients realize that cybersecurity and privacy are risk management issues for the board and management to consider, and are not merely the concerns of the information technology staff. We work closely with our clients’ risk management teams to provide counsel on issues relating to data collection, storage, protection, use, and sharing. Our services are comprehensive, and include the following:

  • Conducting initial risk assessments and privacy impact assessments for clients and their third party vendors.
  • Drafting policies, disclosures, and procedures that govern the collection, use, storage, and sharing of sensitive data and use of technology.
  • Training and briefing our client’s boards of directors, management teams, employees, and partners about their obligations and best practices.
  • Drafting and implementing privacy and security compliance plans around state, national, and international laws and standards.
  • Reviewing, revising, and preparing contracts and releases with third-parties to ensure compliance and limit liability.
  • Assisting our clients during transactions with privacy due diligence and protective deal mechanisms.
  • Advising clients on cyber-insurance policies and other applicable insurance policies.
  • Advising clients on digital advertising and marketing, virtual currencies, and social media.
  • Handling data breaches and privacy complaints.
  • Representing clients during privacy-related matters before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and professional boards.
  • Responding to subpoenas and law enforcement inquiries as well as privacy torts / class actions
  • Managing eDiscovery and data governance.

Our goal is simple: to help our clients reduce their cyber, privacy, and data liability risks. We accomplish this through education and implementing a variety of risk-transfer mechanisms focused on each client’s unique needs. These mechanisms may include training, risk assessments, policy creation, contracts, or insurance. Our proactive and preventative approach may not guarantee that a cyber incident does not occur. If an incident does occur, however, our team works with the client to minimize harm and further protect the client’s financial health and reputation.

September 14, 2018Steven Teppler Speaking at the ISG Future Networks Summit

Steven Teppler, Chair of Mandelbaum Salsburg's #Privacy and #Cybersecurity Practice will be speaking at the ISG Future Networks Summit on September 24th and 25th in Chicago! He is speaking as part of a panel on "The Future of Network Automation and the Reality of Blockchain." Learn more about this exciting event here....

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September 10, 2018Steven Teppler's Latest Podcast on "How Well Can The Government Protect Your Online Privacy"

Check out Privacy and Cybersecurity Chair Steven Teppler's latest Podcast on The Kim Komando Show. In this episode, Steven talks with retired FBI special agent, Lawrence Wolfenden, now with the Sylint Group, about "How well can the government protect your online privacy."...

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August 6, 2018Steven Teppler Featured on The Kim Komando Show About The "Internet of Things"

Check out Privacy and Cybersecurity Chair Steven Teppler's latest Podcast on the The Kim Komando Show. In this episode, Steven talks with Craig Zeigler of the Sylint Group about the "Internet of Things" and what happens when smart devices fail. Learn how to prevent problems and the legal recourse available if you suffer injury or property damage from connected devices....

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July 19, 2018Steven Teppler Hosts Latest Cybersecurity Practice Podcast "Cyberlaw Now"

Steven Teppler, Chair of Mandelbaum Salsburg's Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group's latest podcast "Cyberlaw Now" is live! In Part 1 of this 2 Part series, he talks with Jake Simpson, a Dark web expert with Sylint Group in Sarasota, Florida. Listen to this episode to learn about the dark web and its dangers....

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July 13, 2018Steven Teppler Featured on The Kim Komado Show's Cyber Law Now Podcast

Check out our Privacy and Cybersecurity Chair Steven Teppler on the The Kim Komando Show's Cyber Law Now Podcast! Learn about the steps you can take to protect yourself when you "Bring Your Own Device" or "BYOD" for work. Your personal phone can be used in a forensic investigation!...

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July 13, 2018Steven Teppler's Latest "Cyber Law Now" Podcast on "Bring Your Own Device"

Check out our #Privacy and #Cybersecurity Chair Steven Teppler on the Kim Komando Cyber Law Now Podcast! Learn about the steps you can take to protect yourself when you "Bring Your Own Device" or "BYOD" for work. Your personal phone can be used in a forensic investigation!...

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July 6, 2018Cybersecurity Alert: Class Action Liability Risks for Violations of ADA and New York Human Rights Laws

Check out our latest Cybersecurity Law Alert published by Steven Teppler and Lauren X. Topelsohn on ADA Compliance for websites and the recent uptick in class action lawsuits for violations of ADA and New York Human Rights Law in light of the Federal Government's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines....

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June 28, 2018Steven Teppler Joins as Of Counsel and Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group

We are excited to welcome Steven Teppler who has joined the Firm as Of Counsel and Chair of our Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group. He has been involved in cybersecurity and electronic discovery matters since 2000. Working closely with cybersecurity technology experts, his advisory activities include privacy and security evaluations and assessments. He has been involved with numerous consumer fraud related class litigation matters and is the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Information Security Committee....

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June 26, 2018Cybersecurity Alert: Brand Name Spoofing Still a Popular Phishing Tactic

Check out our latest Cybersecurity Alert about Brand Name Spoofing, a popular phishing tactic that can put you and your company at risk. The Firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice led by Of Counsel Steven Teppler, who co-authored the Alert with Member Lauren X. Topelsohn, helps business owners to prevent and mitigate damages from cyber attacks....

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13 Feb2017 Mandelbaum Salsburg Year in Review

We are pleased to share our 2017 Year in Review which highlights some of the Firm's notable successes during the last year. We are thankful to our clients who have allowed us to continue doing what we love. We continue to expand our practice areas and bench to reflect our clients needs....

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11 DecLynne Strober, Khizar Sheikh and Jennifer Presti Author Article on Using Social Media in Family Law Cases for Family Lawyer Magazine

Members Lynne Strober and Khizar Sheikh, along with Associate Jennifer Presti, authored a two-part series on the Use of Social Media in Family Law cases....

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16 AugKhizar Sheikh to Speak at CLE Seminar on "Protecting Your Business and the Information it Collects"

Mandelbaum Salsburg's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group Chair Khizar Sheikh is honored to be speaking at a CLE Seminar presented by First American Title Insurance Company & Two Rivers Title Company, LLC on Tuesday, October 17th! The program, entitled "Protecting Your Business and the Information it Collects," is pending approval for 2 NJ CLE Credits!...

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31 JulPrivacy & Cybersecurity Chair Khizar Sheikh to speak at "Do You Have a Roadmap for EU GDPR Compliance?" Webinar August 17th!

Do You Have a Roadmap for EU GDPR Compliance? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect in 2018 and it will affect any business that handles data, even if it's not based in the European Union. Want to learn more and make sure you are prepared? Our Privacy & Cybersecurity Chair Khizar A. Sheikh will join @Ulf Mattsson, @David Morris and @Ian West for an Atlantic Business Technologies' webinar on August 17 at 5:00 p.m.! To learn more, click here....

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27 MayKhizar Sheikh Interviewed on WNBC Radio on WannaCry Ransomware Attack

Khizar Sheikh, Chair of the Firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity practice, was recently interviewed on WNBC Radio about the worldwide ransomware attack known as "WannaCry". Click here to listen to Khizar's advice on what companies should do to protect their data. https://lnkd.in/dfXKaqZ...

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25 MayPrivacy & Cyber Chair Sheikh to speak at SECON 2017

On May 25, Privacy & Cyber Chair Khizar A. Sheikh will be moderating the CISO panel at SECON 2017, which will offer insight from the Chief Information Security Officers from Johnson & Johnson, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, and Realogy Holdings. Join...

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5 AprKhizar Sheikh Course Planner for Pennsylvania Bar CLE Course on Cybersecurity

Khizar Sheikh is a course planner for the Pennsylvania Bar Association's upcoming 4 credit CLE on "Current Developments in Privacy and Cybersecurity." The program will take place in Philadelphia, PA on June 27th and Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, July 13th! The program will also be...

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27 FebLauren X. Toplesohn Featured in NJBiz Triple Play About Protecting Company Information

Lauren X. Toplesohn, a Member in the Firm's Employment & Labor and Cybersecurity Practice Groups recently authored an NJ Biz Triple Play feature that discussed ways to help employers protect their company information. The article, which ran on February 26 and 27th in NJ Biz, can...

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22 AprMember Khizar Sheikh to Present at NJPSMG Event on April 22, 2016

Khizar Sheikh, Chair of Privacy and Cybersecurity, will present at the next NJPSMG Event: Protecting Your Digital Marketing Efforts on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM at the offices of Mandelbaum Salsburg. Join Mr. Sheikh as he walks you through a...

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9 MarMember Khizar A. Sheikh Appointed as a Member of InfraGard in February 2016

Khizar A. Sheikh, Chair of our Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Group, was appointed as a Member of InfraGard in February of 2016. InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state...

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3 MarMember Khizar A. Sheikh Participates in Drone Law Roundtable

Khizar A. Sheikh, Chair of our Cyber-Security Practice area, participated in a roundtable on “New Practice Areas - Drone Law” in the January 2016 issue of Law Practice Today, an electronic publication from the ABA, Law Practice Division, available here...

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2 JanTraveling a Long Road with Tumi

Tumi, Inc., the worldwide premiere brand of high-end luxury luggage, leather goods, bags and business accessories, continues to be one of Mandelbaum Salsburg’s most well-known clients. Tumi has engaged the firm as outside counsel for more than 20 years, under the direction of relationship manager...

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