Remote Working in a Time of COVID-19: Cybersecurity Issues You Need to Know

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: March 19, 2020
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  • Cybersecurity 101
  • Key Considerations
  • Takeaways and Resources
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Recorded: March 19, 2020


Planning for business continuity is difficult when the waters are calm, let alone when they are choppy. As the US response moves from 'containment' to 'mitigation' in the face of COVID-19, workplaces including law firms are considering implementing telecommuting and teleconferencing for their staff. But law firms may find it difficult to pivot to a completely remote workforce.

Attorney productivity needs to accompanied by great attention to data security to ensure client and firm information are adequately protected. Does your firm have the right tools for its lawyers to work safely from home?

This program was recorded on March 19th, 2020.

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American Bar Association


Jill D. Rhodes

Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer
Option Care Health

Jill D. Rhodes is Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Option Care Enterprises, Inc. Her responsibilities include the integration of information security governance, education, process development, and technology into all facets of this multibillion-dollar healthcare company. Prior to moving to the private sector, Ms. Rhodes spent twenty years working in and with the national security community of the Federal Government. She joined the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) where she supported the intelligence community (IC) integration of data and security into the Cloud Environment for the IC Chief Information Office. In addition to other national security roles, Ms. Rhodes worked with data management, foreign language, and training matters on behalf of the National Clandestine Service of the CIA, addressing issues such as data security and exploitation. Before joining the national security community, Ms. Rhodes was a Foreign Service Officer, stationed in Bolivia and Russia. She also worked extensively throughout Eastern and Southern Africa.

Ms. Rhodes was honored with the 2019 Chicago-area CISO of the Year award. She has written, published, and speaks nationally about cybersecurity issues. Ms. Rhodes was the co- editor of the first and second editions of the ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals and edited the book National Security Law, Fifty Years of Transformation: An Anthology (2012). In addition, she has written articles and chapters on various cybersecurity topics and is regularly interviewed about cybersecurity for different publications. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Cincinnati College of Law (JD), and the George Washington University College of Law (LL.M.). She is also a certified information security manager, and certified information privacy professional/IT.

Dr. Aileen Marty

Florida International University

Professor Aileen Marty served as a Naval officer for 25 years and has more than 40 years of clinical and research work in the fields of infectious disease, public health, outbreak response, & mass gatherings.

She also works with the World Health Organization and has responded to disease outbreaks around the world. Dr. Marty is co-editor-in-chief of One Health, the official journal of the International Federation for Tropical Medicine.

Christine E. Lyon

Morrison & Foerster, LLP

Chris helps companies develop privacy and data protection strategies for new products and services, as well as privacy compliance programs for their customer and employee data. A trusted advisor, Chris works collaboratively with her clients to develop practical approaches that leverage data while complying with evolving global privacy and data protection laws.

Based in Silicon Valley, Chris’ clients span various industries for which data are vital to operations or business models, including technology service providers, hardware and software companies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and consumer product manufacturers. She has extensive experience navigating privacy risks from design through production and beyond, regularly counseling startups and large multinationals alike throughout the lifespans of their products and services. Chris has particularly extensive experience advising technology companies on building privacy protections into cutting-edge offerings including connected products and services (Internet of Things), artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics, and cloud-based services, as well as on managing the related “Big Data” implications. She also frequently conducts privacy assessments of new products and services and helps clients structure and negotiate the privacy aspects of M&A and other strategic transactions to both achieve compliance and manage data risks.

By addressing emerging data protection laws, including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Chris helps clients achieve efficiency and cross-jurisdictional coordination in their privacy programs. She advises clients on workplace and employee privacy issues related to collection and handling of employee data. Chris also has experience implementing a variety of mechanisms to facilitate international data flows and transfers, including EU Binding Corporate Rules, Privacy Shield certification, and international data transfer agreements. She has coordinated projects spanning privacy law requirements in dozens of countries, consolidating this information into practical, actionable privacy programs for clients.

Chris frequently writes and speaks on the topics of the intersection of privacy and technology, and has won the Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing.

Ruth Hill Bro

Privacy and Cybersecurity Attorney

Ruth Hill Bro (Chicago) has focused her legal career on advising companies on privacy and information management strategy, global compliance, the electronic workplace, and e-business. She has been featured as a speaker on these issues over 160 times (including serving on the Planning Committee in 2016 and 2017 for the ABA’s first Internet of Things (IoT) National Institutes) and has over 90 published works on these topics. These works include The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook (contributing author, 2013, ABA), Data Breach and Encryption Handbook (two chapters, 2011, ABA), The E-Business Legal Arsenal: Practitioner Agreements and Checklists (Editor, 2004, ABA); Internet in the Workplace: Managing Organizational Access (designed and taught one-day course throughout the U.S. and co-authored book, 1997, Software Publishers Association); Online Law (five chapters, 1996, Addison-Wesley); and her column CPO Corner: Interviews with Leading Chief Privacy Officers (2005-present, published in The SciTech Lawyer magazine).

Ruth is a longstanding leader in the American Bar Association (ABA), where she serves as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, the ABA Board of Governors Communications Task Force, the ABA E-Mail Stakeholder Committee, and the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force (Co-Vice Chair). Ruth served two three-year terms on the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems (the second term as Chair), three years as a liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, three years as a member of the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, and two years on the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, a two-year presidential commission established to improve access to, and delivery of, legal services in the U.S. Ruth also is a leader in the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law (SciTech), where she serves as a Special Advisor to the Chairs of the Privacy, Security, and Emerging Technology Division and served as 2008-2009 Section Chair, Membership and Diversity Committee Chair (2009-2016), and E-Privacy Law Committee Founder and Chair (2000-2005).

Ruth has served on many of the top advisory/editorial boards in the privacy, data security, and technology field (including The SciTech Lawyer, DataGuidance (U.S. Panel of Experts), Internet Law & Strategy, The Privacy & Data Protection Legal Reporter (Executive Editor/Chairman of the Board of Editors), and BNA’s Privacy & Security Law Report) in addition to the boards of two arts organizations and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She has been recognized as a leader by numerous organizations, including for four consecutive years in Ethisphere Institute’s annual list of Attorneys Who Matter (data privacy/security).

Her views have been noted by the Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Economist Intelligence Unit, ABA Journal, National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel, BNA Privacy & Security Law Report, Legaltech News, Bloomberg Radio, and CNBC. Ruth started her legal career at McBride Baker & Coles (now Holland & Knight) and then spent nearly a decade at Baker & McKenzie, where she was a partner in the Chicago office and founding North American member of the firm’s Global Privacy Steering Committee.

Before getting her J.D. from the University of Chicago, Ruth had a successful career in major gifts fundraising at Northwestern University, where she earned her B.A. in English and Political Science.

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