This week, Deloitte released details of a new survey, in which 58% of business professional respondents stated that they expect IP cyber theft incidents to increase in the next 12 months. The cyber-attack threat is a very real one, for both corporates and law firms (as evidenced by recent reports that 48 elite law firms had been targeted by hackers seeking inside information on mergers and acquisitions and the high profile hack of Mossack Fonseca – a known name in the trademark world, having been a 2014 INTA Annual Meeting sponsor - the revelations of the Panama Papers resulting in Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Iceland’s prime minister, stepping aside).
For those firms in the IP space, which have access to sensitive client information, the impact of a breach can be devastating. For clients, there is a need to have confidence in the plans that partners should have in place, and know how they can encourage the adoption of processes which protect their sensitive information.
In the upcoming edition of World Trademark Review (available online to subscribers next week) we take a deep dive into IP insurance selection and management, disaster recovery preparations and brand reputation messaging for both corporate and law firm counsel. To accompany the publication of the issue we are hosting a free webinar focused specifically on cybersecurity and incident response planning for lawyers and law firms.
Taking place on December 7 at 17:00 GMT (12:00 EST, 09:00 PST), the webinar will be presented by Steven M Puiszis, deputy general counsel and security officer, and Anthony E Davis, partner, in the Lawyers for the Profession® practice group of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. The presentation will identify what is involved in developing an effective plan to enable the handling of cyber breaches, outline the necessary components of a breach response plan and expand on why corporate counsel should include the development of plans as an integral part of their outside counsel guidelines.
Whether a law firm practitioner seeking to review or implement cyber breach plans, or in-house trademark counsel evaluating the response planning of partners (and learn more about the questions that should be asked of external counsel), the one-hour webinar will provide critical knowledge and guidance.
To register for the free webinar, please click here.
Should you have any queries about registering, attending or the event in general, please contact Karl at [email protected].