The staggering volume of emerging cyber threats today and the means by which more traditional “cyber” or data security and privacy incidents are presenting themselves mandate now more than ever that trusted privacy counsel be part of your organization’s “pre” as well as “post” incident planning and response efforts. Apart from the organization, efficiency and appropriateness of whatever “pre” incident risk management and risk mitigation efforts are undertaken, privacy counsel can ensure that your organization’s best efforts do not become unintended missteps after the fact by seeking to secure attorney-client privilege around such activity and discussions; preventing your best efforts from potentially being discoverable in subsequent litigation and/or government inquiry down the road, and possibly taken out of context or otherwise used against your organization. While no one wants to think about being sued or “Monday Morning Quarterbacked” as to their pre-or post incident response efforts, the reality today is that lawsuits and government audit/enforcement are becoming more or less a given in the wake of what is now accepted as “the inevitability” of data security and privacy incidents or breaches.

At ID Experts, we understand that privacy counsel may be able to protect your organization by evaluating pre-breach efforts that will best serve your organization’s risk profile and needs in addition to often coordinating and managing insurance carrier and breach response vendor relationships that impact your organization. We not only value the privacy attorney’s role and expertise in the fast-evolving cyber landscape today, we appreciate the frequent call to partner with them in protecting many client organizations with customized services and products before and after a data privacy or security incident occurs.

Next week, we will be talking with all of our privacy friends at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C. Come visit us at Booth #73 to discuss more about ID Experts’ breach response services, products, capabilities, and why we value the privacy attorney relationship as a critical quarterback for your organization’s incident response planning and needs. When you visit our booth and allow us to scan your conference badge, we will be able to donate $5 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – and that just feels right!