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The Impact of Cybersecurity and Working Remotely during COVID-19


Speaker: Joseph V. DeMarco

Webinar Date: June 18th, 2020

As corporations have advised their employees to work from home in light of COVID-19, it is important to remember that doing so is not without its risks. For any organization that has information to protect — be it a customer or employee personally identifying information, financial information, or confidential and proprietary trade secrets — permitting company data to travel home with or be remotely accessed by employees raises the chances of a cyber-incident involving that data. And, where a “cyber-mishap” occurs, the company may have a duty to report the incident to consumers, regulators and business counterparties.Put simply, cyber criminals are not expected to take a “corona-holiday.” Fortunately, it is never too late to address these potential privacy and data security risks — and to develop clear guidance for employees to follow. This webinar will address these risks against the backdrop of US law and global norms and best practices in data privacy and security.

The webinar will cover:

  • Cyber-risks commonly associated with Work-From-Home (WFH)
  • Legal obligations to safeguard information and systems
  • Policies and procedures to address WFH cyber-risk
  • Best Practices and practical advice to address cyber-risk

Our speaker:

Joseph V. DeMarco specializes in litigating cases and counseling clients on complex issues involving data security and privacy, computer intrusions, data breaches, theft of intellectual property, and the lawful use of new technology. His years of experience in private practice and in government handling the most difficult cybercrime investigations handled by the United States Attorney’s Office have made him one of the nation’s leading experts on Internet crime, the law relating to emerging technologies, and crisis management and response. Mr. DeMarco is an adjunct professor of law and Columbia University School of Law, where he teaches the Internet Crimes seminar, has been ranked in Chambers, and is a member of the Professional Editorial Board of the Computer Law and Security Review, published by Elsevier, and the Editorial Board of Law360’s Cybersecurity & Privacy newsletter

From 1997 to 2007, Mr. DeMarco served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he founded and headed the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Program, a group of prosecutors dedicated to investigating and prosecuting violations of federal cybercrime and intellectual property offenses. Under his leadership, cybercrime prosecutions grew from a trickle in 1997 to a top priority of the United States Attorney’s Office, encompassing all forms of illegal activity affecting e-commerce including computer hacking crimes; transmission of Internet worms and viruses; criminal copyright and trademark infringement offenses; electronic theft of trade secrets; illegal wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping; and web-based frauds. As a recognized expert in the fields of trademark and copyright infringement and other forms of cybercrime, Mr. DeMarco was also frequently asked to counsel prosecutors and law enforcement agents regarding novel investigative and surveillance techniques and methodologies. In 2001, Mr. DeMarco served as a visiting Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section in Washington, D.C. where he specialized in criminal IP enforcement, internet gambling, and transnational cybercrime and data privacy issues.

In 2007, Mr. DeMarco founded DeVore & DeMarco LLP, a boutique law firm addressing the legal challenges posed to corporations by cybercrime and the use (and misuse) of data, computer systems, complex trademark and copyright infringement, and new and emerging technologies. In his counsel practice, he has brought and defended trademark and copyright infringement and theft of trade secrets cases and has handled internal and external investigations on behalf of corporate victims of cybercrime. He also regularly advises on blockchain and cryptocurrency issues.