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The Central District of California recently joined the small growing list of courts that have held forensic reports created by outside security companies following a data breach are protected from disclosure in civil litigation in certain circumstances.
The Central District of California recently joined the small growing list of courts that have held forensic reports created by outside security companies following a data breach are protected from disclosure in civil litigation in certain circumstances. In the case In re Experian Data Breach Litigation, 15-01592 (C.D. Cal. May 18, 2017), Judge Andrew J. Guilford held that a forensic report created by the security firm Mandiant at the direction of Experian’s outside counsel, Jones Day, qualified as trial preparation material (or “work product”) under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (FRCP) 26(b)(3) and denied a motion to compel its production. Experian is only the third case to result in a ruling addressing these important questions. While all three rulings protected forensic reports from disclosure, the analysis in each case was highly fact-dependent. Judge Guilford’s reasoning in Experian addresses several key issues not directly raised in those other cases and sheds light on several others.
By Roy E. Hadley, Jr.
The news is replete with alleged actions of foreign governments and hackers trying to impact the democratic election process in the United States. It is incumbent upon the state and local governments to ensure the security of all elections.
By Chris Moschovitis
It seems this should be a key question for everyone in business, government, technology, and cybersecurity: If we know the problem with cybersecurity, and have ways of methods of addressing the problem, why are we still failing?
By Chris Maguire
A survey of more than 460 attorneys and decision makers working in corporate legal departments nationwide found that in-house teams, already stretched by limited resources, are confronting new and traditional challenges. Cybersecurity ranked among legal departments’ biggest concerns for 2018.
By Eli Nussbaum
What Your Organization Can Do to Protect Itself from Email-Based Attacks
There’s no question that email has revolutionized the way we operate. Unfortunately, for all of its convenience, email has opened the door to serious security threats that include viruses, malware and fraud. Phishing scams have become a widespread problem — you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t been on the receiving end of a phishing attempt.