Cybersecurity 2.0: The Role of Counsel in Addressing Destructive Cyberattacks

Companies rightly pay attention to data exfiltration threats, but sometimes overlook the more serious threats of destructive attacks, David Fagan and Ashden Fein, partner and associate, respectively, at Covington & Burling, argue in this guest article.  They explain that the difference between data loss or theft (which may be viewed as “Cybersecurity 1.0”) and data and property destruction (“Cybersecurity 2.0”) is the difference between having your house robbed and having your house burned to the ground.  They detail the evolution of cyber threats and how counsel can help protect against these destructive cyberattacks that are aimed at harming a business, rather than directly benefiting the attacker.  See also “Coordinating Legal and Security Teams in the Current Cybersecurity Landscape (Part One of Two),” Cybersecurity Law Report, Vol. 1, No. 7 (Jul. 1, 2015); Part Two of Two, Vol. 1, No. 8 (Jul. 15, 2015).

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