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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.



Firm News


Thursday, Aug 31st, 2017
Mobile Office Location Announces Move


Hand Arendall will be relocating its current Mobile offices to Merchants Plaza renewing its commitment to downtown Mobile.

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Thursday, Aug 24th, 2017
Hand Arendall Recognized in Chambers USA


The Firm was recognized as a top firm in Banking & Finance and Labor & Employment. Also, Preston Bolt, Ginger Gaddy and Nick Greenwood were all recognized by the publication as top attorneys in public finance.

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Sunday, Aug 20th, 2017
Witcher Quoted in Business Alabama


Member James Witcher is quoted in the August 2017 Business Alabama article When Data Balloons, So Can Law Costs.

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Thursday, Jul 20th, 2017
Protection, Detection, and Remediation of Cybersecurity Breaches


Chris Williams and Andy Odle of Wilkins Miller LLC presented valuable information about cybersecurity at the Partners for Environmental Progress July Membership Breakfast.

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Monday, Jun 26th, 2017
Lankford Recognized as Maritime Person of the Year


Hand Arendall LLC is pleased to announce firm member Alex Lankford was recognized by the Propeller Club of Mobile as the Maritime Person of the Year for 2017 during its annual meeting at GulfQuest.

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