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On Jan. 12, 2021, a U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in Wengui v. Clark Hill, PLC, 440 F. Supp. 3d 30, 33-34 (D.D.C. 2020), granting the plaintiff’s motion to compel production of a data breach forensic report and other materials prepared by a third-party forensic consultant. The court ordered production of the forensic report even though the consultant was operating under the direction and control of outside counsel and under an agreement entered into after the discovery of the underlying data breach. The court found that Clark Hill had not established that the forensic report was protected from production by either the attorney-client privilege or work product doctrine, noting that Clark Hill’s understanding of the incident seemed to be based solely on the forensic consultant investigation, which would have occurred in the ordinary course of business, and Clark Hill’s purpose in hiring the forensic consultant was to obtain cybersecurity expertise, not legal advice.
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By Jeff Pade and Lindsey Dieselman
Two recent Chinese laws — the Data Security Law (DSL) and the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) — include provisions aimed at restricting the cross-border transfer of China-based data foreign enforcement and judicial authorities. U.S. courts have not yet addressed whether these data protection and privacy laws could bar the production of documents in civil contexts involving governmental litigants or in criminal proceedings.
By Brian P. Piatek
Truly malicious internal threats can often be treated much like external threats using the tools and backups already in place. But how does a firm proactively identify the softer threats — which may be just as dangerous as the malicious threats and can cripple a firm just as effectively?
By Brian Schmitt and Abeer Abu Judeh
Mitigating Its Risks and the Call for Standardization of Software Development Security Protocols
This article details the anatomy of a supply chain cyberattack, explores the existing state of supply chain protective contractual terms, and proposes actionable steps with a collective approach to guide legal professionals through their precarious endeavors.
By Emil Sayegh
When cyber defenses work, there is a human tendency to become complacent. If you fall into this perception trap, you will quickly find yourself in survival mode — scrambling to restore and recover, and in a position where the best explanation was that the attack was somehow “unexpected.” The global cyberthreat is also still very real.