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Crisis Management: Responding to a Data Breach. Are you and your colleagues prepared?

Data breaches are in the news almost every week, and many others occur without much public notice. How a company handles the crisis will make a significant difference in the outcome. Are you ready to help your company or clients manage a data breach? Do you have your team in place with defined roles and a roadmap to navigate the crisis?

In order to help people become more familiar with the crisis management process when faced with a data breach, The Center for American and International Law’s Institute for Law and Technology will hold a simulation exercise on Sept. 12, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its headquarters in Plano, Texas.

Alex C. de Alvarez, Fluor Corporation, describes the value of data breach exercises.

Mark E. Michels from Winston & Strawn LLP will lead the exercise.

“Companies need to have an articulate and comprehensive crisis management plan in place that anticipates a range of potential incidents and is periodically rehearsed,” said Michels. “This includes testing responses with key partners and, among other things, ensuring contracts with them clearly set forth their rights and obligations in the event of a crisis. The plan should outline the members and roles of the crisis management team and protocols for internal and external reporting.”

The Center held a similar exercise in June 2019 with lawyers from 24 countries during its Academy of American and International Law.

“I found the exercise very interesting and useful, especially for in-house lawyers who could face this kind of situation,” said Julio Robledo, a lawyer for Procter & Gamble in Spain.

“I thought the assignment was really valuable and stimulating,” said Piotr Szczepanek, an attorney in Poland.  “We were divided into small teams with each member playing a specific role. We were guided by expert facilitators as we worked through the simulation, and then we were able to share our ideas and discuss the cases with the entire group.” 

International lawyers participated in a data breach exercise at The Center for American and International Law in June 2019 as part of the Academy of American and International Law program.

The following professionals will join Mark E. Michaels to serve as facilitators in the Sept. 12 program:

  • Alex C. de Alvarez, Fluor Corporation
  • Basheer Y. Ghorayeb, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Ellen Beth Levitt, The Center for American and International Law
  • Michael Mangold, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Shawn A. Morgan, Steptoe Johnson PLLC
  • Micah E. Skidmore, Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Shawn E. Tuma, Spencer Fane LLP

For more information and to register, please see the online brochure