Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Employers Have Duty to Protect Employee Data from Cyberattacks

By Joshua Mooney   As much of the country’s workforce traveled on the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a landmark decision in cybersecurity: under Pennsylvania law, employers have an independent duty to protect employee data from cyberattacks. Specifically, in Dittman v. UPMC, 2018 Pa. LEXIS 6051 (Pa. Nov. 21,
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Is Your Firm’s Data Secure? Common Law Firm Security Loopholes

By Jennifer Ellis, Esquire   Data breaches and identity theft are both serious and growing problems. Yet, many law firms fail to take the steps necessary to keep their clients’ information safe. Failure to protect not only your clients’ data, but the data of opposing parties, can lead to ethical issues, fines from government agencies
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ABA Issues New Cybersecurity Ethics Rules for Lawyers

By Gwenn Barney, White and Williams LLP   Lawyers are advisors and advocates. Clients trust lawyers to preserve secrets, confidential matters that when disclosed could cause financial or reputational damage. A significant element of legal representation involves safe-guarding these confidences competently and also acting responsibly if an unauthorized disclosure occurs.   Law firms are prime
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Does the Fifth Circuit’s Decision in Spec’s Suggest a Breach for Cyber Coverage Into Other Insurance?

By Joshua Mooney and Andrew Lipton, White and Williams LLP Despite the existence of cybersecurity insurance, companies still seek coverage for cyber liability under various types of other insurance. Carriers, in turn, rely upon broad exclusions to limit coverage for risks never intended to be insured. One such broad exclusion is for contractual liability. However, the
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