Black Hat: How cybersecurity incidents can become a legal minefield

BLACK HAT USA: When a company becomes the victim of a cyberattack, executives are faced with a tsunami of challenges: containing a breach, remediation, informing customers and stakeholders, identifying those responsible, and conducting a forensic analysis of the incident — to name but a few.

However, it is not just the real-world issues faced, in the now, that businesses have to tackle: the legal ramifications of a security incident have become more important than ever to consider. 

Speaking to attendees at Black Hat USA in Las Vegas, Nick Merker, partner at Indianapolis-based legal firm Ice Miller LLP said that before becoming a lawyer, he worked as an information security professional — and this experience allowed him to transition into the legal field through a cybersecurity lens.

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