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ABA Annual Meeting - Public Contract Law Section Annual Program - Cybersecurity Panel

August 2, 2009 • Chicago, IL


Cybersecurity: Paradigm-Shifting Rules for Unparalleled Threats

As one cyber expert testified before Congress, “the bad guys are winning.” From these cyber attacks and information security breaches, the carnage is sobering – up to a $1 trillion in damages and lost secrets, over 250 million records compromised in security breaches, critical information pipelines cracked, and power grids penetrated – with the risk of a digital Pearl Harbor as the nightmare scenario. Defending this threat has been named as a top priority by the intelligence, homeland security and military agencies, while oversight by Congress, GAO, and Inspector General offices will intensify. The coming year presents a tipping point for information security as both the public and private sectors must confront unparalleled cyber threats, navigate tougher cybersecurity rules, and answer to escalating oversight. The panel will address what you should worry about, what you need to do, and what’s next.

  • Where will the cyber barbarians strike next – our power grid, the nuclear labs, corporate trade secrets, or your identity?
  • Will the clamp-down on information security jeopardize privacy, transparency, and basic civil liberties?
  • What are the new Administration’s “tough new standards” for cybersecurity?
  • How will the information security regulations change – and what do government, corporations, and law firm attorneys need to know?
  • What are the top cybersecurity priorities – legislative, executive, and private sector – for the coming year?

David Bodenheimer is serving as moderator of this panel.

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