Thomas Moran Interviewed for SpearTip Shop Talk Presentation on Role of a Breach Coach
Cleveland, Ohio (October 27, 2020) - Cleveland Associate Thomas I. Moran, CIPP/US, recently participated in an interview for a Shop Talk presentation, which was sponsored by cyber counterintelligence firm SpearTip, LLC and presented at Advisen’s Cyber Risk Insights Conference. During the interview, Mr. Moran discussed the role of a breach coach and legal team following a cyber incident.
As the interview began, Mr. Moran characterized the role of a breach coach as that of a “quarterback.” He explained that retaining an attorney to serve in this role provides significant benefits to clients who have been the victim of a cyber breach, including (1) facilitating communication among all parties, (2) providing the cover of privilege to the entire forensics investigation, thereby allowing more transparency in communications and ultimately shielding a client from liability, and (3) providing stability and calm while ensuring that all parties are doing their part to get the client back up and running.
Mr. Moran also explained that attorneys have an ethical obligation to their clients to stay up to date on complex and varying cybersecurity laws. He noted that although lawyers may defer to forensics firms on certain narrow issues such as forensics trends, attorneys must pay close attention to all other aspects of a breach response, such as the specific wording in state statutes and laws regarding ransomware payments.
Mr. Moran is a member of Lewis Brisbois’ Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, and counsels clients in all aspects of data security and information privacy. He has extensive experience in cyber-based litigation, successfully advocating for companies who fall victim to data security incidents.