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Cybersecurity


Hand Arendall LLC's Cybersecurity team counsels businesses and individuals regarding protection and preservation of digital information, including trade secrets, personally identifiable information, and personal medical information, and represents businesses and individuals in data breach litigation. Our team is available to provide consultation and representation in the following areas:

Risk Assessment.
The starting point for an effective cybersecurity program is risk assessment. What digital information do you have, who is interested in it, what might they do to get it, and what rules or regulations apply to your protection and preservation of that information? Our team works with clients and often in conjunction with technical consultants to help assess risks associated with maintenance of digital information systems.

Cybersecurity Compliance Programs.
Following an appropriate risk assessment, we work with clients to develop and implement an effective cybersecurity compliance program tailored to the client's needs and requirements. We focus on systems and structures that minimize the risk of data breaches, on education of personnel authorized to control or handle the client's digital information, and on compliance with applicable statutory or regulatory requirements.

Incident Investigations.
Data breaches and other security lapses can be critical factors in the ability of a company to conduct business going forward. Our team is available and able to conduct internal investigations to assess the causes of a problem, and to evaluate appropriate client responses to the problem. In those cases in which data breaches or security lapses result in a government-initiated investigation, our team is available and able to advise our clients in responding to the government inquiries.

Data Breach Responses.
Data breach incidents occur daily, and are becoming more prevalent. Cyber-attacks from ransomware, phishing, competitors, and disgruntled employees, among other sources, can cause the loss of digital information or even the loss of control over digital information. Our team counsels cyber-attack victims on their consumer and regulatory notice obligations, on minimizing and protecting against litigation risk, and on assisting clients in developing and implementing incident response policies.


Cyber Risk Insurance Coverage.
Our team counsels with clients regarding the availability of and the acquisition of cyber risk-related insurance coverage. Every business carries different levels of data breach, cyber-liability, and security lapse risks, and we are available to help clients locate coverage that protects appropriately against the particular risks associated with that business.

Litigation.
Data breaches carry a high probability of resulting litigation. Our team defends clients and insureds against claims of consumers and employees for damages alleged to have resulted from the unintended release of their personal information. We are also available to pursue claims for theft of digital information or trade secrets by other individuals or entities.

The Hand Arendall Cybersecurity Practice Group team is available to consult with any business or individual that maintains digital information that must be protected; our goals are to help our clients achieve the maximum possible protection against cyber risks, and to help them to be as prepared as possible to deal with the effects of a data breach, a security lapse, or a cyber-liability claim.



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Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Riis Named to ADTA Executive Council


Congratulations to firm Member Buzzy Riis. He has been elected to the Executive Council for the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys for a three-year term.

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Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Stockman Elected to MLA Board of Directors


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Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017
Aaron Selected as Junior Board Member of Red Mountain Park


Hand Arendall LLC is pleased to announce Brett W. Aaron was selected as a new member of the Red Mountain Park Junior Board.

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Wednesday, Mar 8th, 2017
Hand Arendall Presents to ATA


Mark Waggoner and Windy Bitzer recently presented a series of workshops for the Alabama Trucking Association discussing human resource and legal issues facing the trucking industry.

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