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George Orwell's The Animal Farm and Prepping for Disaster

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 63 minutes
Recorded Date: February 01, 2018
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11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Identifying key attributes of vital records and information systems
  • Conducting risk assessment to identify vital information, access needs, and protection
  • Evaluating the role and risk of The Cloud in vital information protection
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: February 1, 2018


Are your information assets properly protected? Hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Irma. Earthquakes in Mexico City. Equifax hacks and security breaches. All of these and a host of other events present real risks and hazards to your organization’s information assets. And your information is the lifeblood of critical business operations.

In this session, the panelists will discuss how risk assessments and ranking risk should be applied to managing and protecting information assets. What are the hallmarks of vital records? How do you know if an information system is vital? What if the vital records and systems are stored in the cloud? And most of all, what can we learn from George Orwell and the Animal Farm?

This program was recorded as part of LegalTech on February 1st, 2018.

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Joe Mazza

District Sales Manager

Joe Mazza is the District Sales Manager at Stericycle.

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Patsy Pritchett

Sr. Business Continuity Consultant

Patsy Pritchett is an experienced Sr. Business Continuity Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the healthcare and insurance industry. She is skilled in Operations Management, Business Continuity, Clinical Research, Emergency Management, Preparedness, and Homeland Security. She earned her Masters in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University. Currently a Doctoral Candidate in Emergency Management at Jacksonville State University with anticipated graduation date of December, 2017.

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Jason C. Stearns

Director of Legal & Compliance Group

Jason C. Stearns, IGP, CRM, is a Director in the Legal & Compliance group at BlackRock, where he leads the global implementation of IG standards and requirements. Prior to BlackRock, Mr. Stearns worked at UBS as Director and Portfolio Manager, Group Information Governance; and as Corporate Records Manager for New York Life Insurance Company. Mr. Stearns is also Chair of the IGP Board of Directors, which is responsible for administering the IGP credential and guiding its future.

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Jeff Sharer

Partner & Co-Chair - Data Law Practice
Akerman LLP

Jeffrey Sharer is co-chair of Akerman's Data Law Practice. He concentrates his practice in the increasingly business-critical area of information law. His practice encompasses information governance, electronic discovery, and privacy and data protection. Jeffrey helps clients mitigate risk, reduce cost, and create business value through sound, end-to-end governance of enterprise data. Jeffrey's deep understanding of both law and technology helps clients proactively meet the legal, compliance, and other challenges associated with the "digital deluge." Jeffrey advises clients on the development and implementation of records retention policies and schedules, litigation preparedness and discovery strategy, defensible disposition of email and other electronic and hard copy information, and "e-policies" such as "bring your own device," social media, information classification, and data privacy. Jeffrey also is a leading proponent of "collaborative disaggregation" of legal services, proactively partnering with alternative service providers and leveraging technology such as "legal expert systems" - such as the Akerman Data Law Center - and other forms of artificial intelligence to meet clients' needs better, faster, and at lower cost than could be achieved under traditional models based directly or indirectly on billable hours.

In the dispute context, Jeffrey advises and advocates for clients at all stages of the discovery lifecycle, from preservation through production, in litigation and regulatory matters, and internal and governmental investigations. Jeffrey has significant experience with design, implementation, negotiation, and litigation of e-discovery best practices. He is at the forefront of using predictive coding and other analytic technologies in discovery to help clients save time and costs, and improve defensibility of process. Jeffrey represents clients across a broad range of industries, including insurance, telecommunications, retail, financial services, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, consumer products, professional services, and energy.

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