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The last several years have brought significant changes to the General Counsel position and for many, a rise of greater prominence within their companies. Large-scale forces are transforming the economics of corporations as they face challenges related to accelerating competition, cost controls, technology development, reporting transparency, and Wall Street’s focus on short-term profit maximization.

As a result, the General Counsel increasingly has a broader scope beyond being strictly a legal advisor to also being a C-suite executive, senior counselor to the Board, the CEO, and the CFO, and the ultimate guardian of the company’s integrity. The General Counsel and her in-house lawyers are expected to understand the full spectrum of their company’s business and provide expert legal advice, business strategy input, and ethical guidance.

At GCI 11, you will explore ways to create and promote your legal department as a key business partner, develop and employ critical business relationships, and strategically advance your expertise and skills to bolster your prominence within the company. Through powerful personal stories, substantive legal workshops, and GCI’s unique open exchange of ideas, you will soar to new heights as you develop practical solutions to stay relevant in today’s evolving corporate legal and business environments.

Data Privacy and Data Security; Two Sides of the Same Coin A Conversation with Patrick Manzo, Executive Vice President, Global Customer Service and Chief Privacy Officer of Monster Worldwide, Inc

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Cybersecurity is an important issue facing companies and legal departments across the country.  With high profile, and sometimes embarrassing, data breaches dominating news coverage, data security and privacy have become major concerns.  Patrick Manzo, Executive Vice President, Global Customer Service and Chief Privacy Officer of Monster Worldwide, Inc. will be speaking at the Inside Counsel SuperConference on May 12th, 2015 to give insight into these very important issues.  He will speak on a panel entitled: Cybersecurity Regulations: What you Need to Know.

Manzo says, “There is a drumbeat of data security issues permeating both the mainstream and legal press, and while individuals may have different levels of understanding and engagement, I’m sure that awareness of these issues is high.” There are differing perspectives and approaches on the issue– risk management and policy on one end of the spectrum, technical issues on the other–but importantly, the conversation is underway and there is cognizance at companies, at all levels, of the important of these issues.

Manzo believes a discussion of cybersecurity must consider both data security and data privacy.  He defines data security as, simply, knowing where your data is located, and who may access the data. Data privacy is predicated on data security and requires further understanding how personal data is being collected, processed (and by whom), and transferred, and the consistency of these practices with applicable laws, regulations, and the reasonable expectations of the relevant consumers.   Manzo says, “Data security and data privacy are two sides of the same coin, and we trade that coin for consumer trust.”

Since our modern world is so dominated by data, by its collection, its use, and its analysis, both companies and consumers realize that who we share information with and what they do with it is an important issue.  Manzo uses the term “good data hygiene” to describe what consumers and companies should work towards, and how it is both a company and a consumer’s responsibility to be aware of these issues.  Consumers would do well to acquire a basic understanding of what data they’re sharing and with whom, while companies, Manzo says, “need to be responsible stewards of consumers’ personal information.”

Manzo says, “Data security and privacy should be part of the DNA of a company.”

Data security and privacy are clearly not just IT issues anymore, but instead, Manzo says, “extend into all areas of an organization.”  From a company perspective, good data hygiene requires a strong command of data security and a robust privacy program.  Manzo also advocates that companies be transparent with consumers and customers about their data security and privacy practices.  Transparency requires a company to be aware of what data is being collected and from whom, and what is done with that data–who processes the information, if it is not done in house, and where the information is stored or transferred.  Beyond that, a company should have rules and policies in place to protect the information, and should incorporate data security and privacy into employee training, so that all employees are aware of the issues and concerns.

Manzo says, “Transparency allows you to be upfront and clear with consumers.  You can say, here’s what data I collect, here’s how I use and protect your data, and here’s what might happen to that data.”  Consumers, in turn, need to understand the data they are sharing and reasonably evaluate the attendant risks and benefits, and thereby make an informed decision about sharing their information.

However, it is not just between consumers and companies.  Legislation and regulation have a role to play as well.  “The Federal Trade Commission has a significant role to play in data privacy and security issues, and they have raised consumer and industry awareness of the responsibilities that go hand in hand with using personal information,” Manzo says.  Looking forward, legislation and regulation will play a major role in how companies manage data privacy and security. A clearer, more unified set of rules and laws governing data security and privacy practices, as well as breach notifications, likely enacted on the federal level, would be helpful for consumers and companies.

Right now, companies struggle with a patchwork of laws and regulations.  For example, Manzo says, “to respond to a breach, a company must first pull out a matrix of laws and regulations and determine which apply to the situation.  The patchwork of rules creates unnecessary complexity and slows breach response and notification efforts.”  Moving forward, Manzo says, “more unification of breach response and breach notification laws will be a benefit to consumers and industry.”

Our data soaked society is here to stay, and most have accepted that the risks of having our information available is outweighed by the benefits and the convenience it affords.  That said, more understanding, transparency, awareness and clarification can help consumers and companies move forward in this brave, new, information-saturated world.

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The 15th annual Inside Counsel SuperConference, May 11-13, 2015 in Chicago is the can’t miss conference for legal professionals.

SuperConference 2014 played host to a diverse and senior level audience of participants:

  • More than 80 In-House Counsel experts comprised our speaker faculty – GCs, AGCs, and executives
  • More than 80% of attendees were In-House Counsel
  • More than 65% of attendees were senior level and above

The annual InsideCounsel SuperConference, for the past 14 years, has offered the highest value for educational investment within a constructive learning and networking environment. Legal professionals will gain the opportunity to elevate the quality of their performance and learn ways to become a strategic partner within his/her organization. In two-and-half days attendees earn CLE credits, network with hundreds of peers and legal service providers and hear strategies to tackle corporate legal issues that are top of mind throughout this comprehensive program. SuperConference is presented by InsideCounsel magazine, published by Summit Professional Networks.

Receive Exclusive NLR Discount to Inside Counsel's Superconference – May 11-13 in Chicago

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The 15th annual Inside Counsel SuperConference, May 11-13, 2015 in Chicago is the can’t miss conference for legal professionals.

SuperConference 2014 played host to a diverse and senior level audience of participants:

  • More than 80 In-House Counsel experts comprised our speaker faculty – GCs, AGCs, and executives
  • More than 80% of attendees were In-House Counsel
  • More than 65% of attendees were senior level and above

The annual InsideCounsel SuperConference, for the past 14 years, has offered the highest value for educational investment within a constructive learning and networking environment. Legal professionals will gain the opportunity to elevate the quality of their performance and learn ways to become a strategic partner within his/her organization. In two-and-half days attendees earn CLE credits, network with hundreds of peers and legal service providers and hear strategies to tackle corporate legal issues that are top of mind throughout this comprehensive program. SuperConference is presented by InsideCounsel magazine, published by Summit Professional Networks.

Receive Exclusive NLR Discount to Inside Counsel’s Superconference – May 11-13 in Chicago

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The 15th annual Inside Counsel SuperConference, May 11-13, 2015 in Chicago is the can’t miss conference for legal professionals.

SuperConference 2014 played host to a diverse and senior level audience of participants:

  • More than 80 In-House Counsel experts comprised our speaker faculty – GCs, AGCs, and executives
  • More than 80% of attendees were In-House Counsel
  • More than 65% of attendees were senior level and above

The annual InsideCounsel SuperConference, for the past 14 years, has offered the highest value for educational investment within a constructive learning and networking environment. Legal professionals will gain the opportunity to elevate the quality of their performance and learn ways to become a strategic partner within his/her organization. In two-and-half days attendees earn CLE credits, network with hundreds of peers and legal service providers and hear strategies to tackle corporate legal issues that are top of mind throughout this comprehensive program. SuperConference is presented by InsideCounsel magazine, published by Summit Professional Networks.

Special Discount: Register for the Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference – September 17-19, Washington D.C.

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Women, Influence & Power In Law Conference

September 17-19, 2014
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Washington, DC

A Unique Conference with a Fresh Format

The Only National Forum Facilitating Women-to-Women Exchange on Current Legal Issues.The second annual Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference has a uniquely substantive focus, covering the topics that matter most to corporate counsel, outside counsel, and public sector attorneys. The event is comprised of three distinct and executive level events.

 

This unique event is the only national forum facilitating women-to-women exchange on current legal issues. This conference is led and facilitated almost exclusively by women, encouraging an exchange between women in-house counsel and women outside counsel on the day’s most pressing legal challenges. With 30 sessions, the event will have a substantive focus, covering topics that matter most to corporate counsel, outside counsel, and public sector attorneys.

The Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference is not a forum for lawyers to discuss so-called “women’s issues.” It is a conference for women in-house and outside counsel to discuss current legal topics, bringing their individual experience and perspectives on issues of:

  • Governance & Compliance
  • Litigation & Investigations
  • Intellectual Property
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  • Global Litigation & Transactions
  • Labor & Employment

Accepting on-site registration for 14th Annual SuperConference from InsideCounsel

The National Law Review is pleased to bring you information about the upcoming 14th Annual Super Conference hosted by Inside Counsel. You can still register on-site!

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When

Monday, May 12 – Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Chicago, IL

The annual InsideCounsel SuperConference, for the past 13 years, has offered the highest value for educational investment within a constructive learning and networking environment. Legal professionals will gain the opportunity to elevate the quality of their performance and learn ways to become a strategic partner within his/her organization. In two-and-half days attendees earn CLE credits, network with hundreds of peers and legal service providers and hear strategies to tackle corporate legal issues that are top of mind throughout this comprehensive program. SuperConference is presented by InsideCounsel magazine, published by Summit Professional Networks.

Now celebrating its 14th year, InsideCounsel’s SuperConference is an exclusive corporate legal conference attracting more than 500 senior level in-house counsels from Fortune-1000 and multi-national companies. The three-day event offers opportunities to showcase your firm’s industry knowledge and thought leadership while interacting with GC’s and other senior corporate counsel during exclusive networking and educational opportunities. The conference agenda offers the perfect blend of experts and national figure heads from some of the nation’s largest corporations, top law firms, government and regulatory leaders, and industry trailblazers. The conference agenda and educational program receives consistent high marks.