Press Release June 30, 2015

Alston & Bird Renames Practice: Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response Team

Alston & Bird today announced a new name for its Security Incident Management & Response Practice. Effective immediately, the new name is the Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response (CPR) Team.

“The new name more fully and accurately describes the work we do for our clients,” said Jim Harvey, Alston & Bird partner and co-chair of the group. “We have long held a leadership position in both breach response and helping companies prepare for a breach – this name better captures both of those elements and reflects the increasing importance that c-suites, boards and their advisors place on the preparedness aspects of cyber-risk.”

Alston & Bird’s CPR Team helps companies large and small, international and domestic and operating in a wide array of industries, both regulated and unregulated, respond to data breaches. The group has handled incidents of all sizes – from sophisticated cyber attacks by organized criminal groups (triggering data breach laws and regulations in more than 50 countries) and state-sponsored attacks, to an employee accidentally sending an e-mail with personal information outside the company (potentially triggering a single state breach notification law).

“The best time to respond to a disruptive network intrusion or costly cyber attack is before it happens,” said Kim Peretti, Alston & Bird partner and co-chair of the CPR Team. “That’s a big part of what we bring to the table – not only helping clients post-breach but also advising them on steps they can take to ensure they are ready to respond, including creating enterprise-wide privacy and cybersecurity policies and strategies, monitoring domestic and international legal regimes to identify laws that apply to specific companies and refining data breach response plans and testing those plans through cyber-attack gaming or other simulations.”

The CPR Team works in concert with other Alston & Bird practices to meet client needs across a full spectrum of legal issues, including transactional matters, public policy and legislative issues, governmental investigations and litigation. In particular, the team works closely with the firm’s Privacy and Data Security Practice, which recently hired Peter Swire, former White House privacy czar and member of President Obama’s NSA Review Commission, as senior counsel.
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