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Oct 30, 201812:36 PMLegal Login

with Mindi Giftos

As manufacturing moves into cyberspace, so do security threats

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2. Insurance

It is important to understand your current cyber liability policies (and other policies) that may apply in the event of a breach. We recommend identifying relevant policies before an incident occurs so that applicable coverage can be quickly assessed when needed.

3. Vendor/third-party agreements

It is important to compile a list of vendors and other service providers who could be involved in a potential data breach, along with a summary of key contract provisions. If an incident comes through a vendor or service provider, manufacturers need to quickly determine the nature of the vulnerability.

4. Training

All employees should be trained (and retrained) about the importance of privacy and security. Many breach incidents occur due to human error.

5. Access regulatory requirements

While sometimes the threat profile for manufacturers relates primarily to their own proprietary data, often customer and employee data can trigger significant regulatory and legal requirements for companies in the wake of a breach incident. Manufacturers need to access their obligations proactively and to know ahead of time what their specific obligations are with respect to reporting incidents to the government or to key customers.

Attending to these five areas of concern won’t inoculate manufacturers against a data breach, but they can help reduce the severity of an attack, as well as empower enterprises to find their footing after the fact.

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Mindi Giftos and her colleagues in Husch Blackwell’s Technology Law group handle a wide variety of issues related to emerging and established technologies, including intellectual property, development and licensing, commercial contracting, and corporate transactions across a broad range of industries.

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