While many of the recent most highly publicized data breaches have involved high-profile consumer brands, the life sciences sector is an increasingly attractive target for a cyber attack. Criminal attackers are targeting the health sector as part of industrial espionage programs and to obtain patient information that can fetch premium prices on the black market. In developing a cybersecurity strategy to combat potential threats, life sciences companies should employ a comprehensive strategy involving an assessment and analysis of likely risks, and active and continuing planning, training, and updating of cybersecurity strategies. Regulators have already signaled that cybersecurity risk assessments are foundational to meeting legal requirements and can define the baseline for what constitutes reasonable security measures within an organization.
FTC Commissioner Julie Brill will join Hogan Lovells US LLP as a partner and co-leader of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice on 1 April. Commissioner Brill was appointed by President Obama to the FTC in 2010 and will complete her service on 31 March.
Chambers USA and Legal 500 US recently released their 2013 rankings, and we are pleased to announce that Hogan Lovells’ Privacy and Information Management practice received the recognition of Band 1 by Chambers USA and Tier 1 by Legal 500 US. Also, both of its practice leaders, Marcy Wilder and Chris Wolf, have been selected for top rankings among privacy law practitioners by Chambers and “Leading Lawyers” by Legal 500.
Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America, including privacy and data security, based on client research. We are pleased and gratified that the Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management practice has been ranked in the top band, and that both of its practice leaders, Chris Wolf and Marcy Wilder, have been selected for top rankings among practitioners.
Law 360, the daily online news source about the legal profession, has just published an interview with Chris Wolf (linked to in this blog entry). Chris, along with Marcy Wilder, leads the Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management practice. The wide-ranging interview includes Chris’ views on current challenges in privacy law and reflections on his career. Some of Chris’ upcoming public appearances also are listed in this entry.