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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 Bart A. Lazar
The confusing and conflicting world of contractual requirements and personal data security breach notification laws can add insult and expense to injury, and sometimes adds injury itself. Tough -- and sometimes expensive -- choices need to be made quickly.
By Robert W. Anderson and Eric B. Levine
Critical to any counsel working to prevent a cyber-attack or respond to a successful cyber intrusion is an understanding why and how to properly utilize both attorney-client and work-product privilege. The overriding principle of using privilege is straightforward: to protect your organization’s investigation and breach response efforts from usage by third parties or regulatory agencies in litigation arising from a breach.
By Adam Cohen
Part One of a Two-Part Article
Part One of this two-part article is aimed at demystifying the hesitations behind cloud security and analyzing the fast-growing transformation to a range of newer technical approaches with important consequences for legal practice.
By Jared Coseglia
Part Two of a Two-Part Article
Professionals in e-discovery and privacy, including lawyers, are hungry for growth opportunities and may be ripe to transition into certain security-centric positions; however, the security job landscape is far more expansive and far less commoditized than ESI or privacy — for now. Part Two provides a road map for how certifications can assist an individual or an organization in reinventing, repurposing, creating or maintaining cybersecurity talents.