Why law firms are the new hired guns for cybersecurity

04/1/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

More companies are turning to law firms and legal experts instead of IT forensic experts when it comes to dealing with data and system breaches since attorney-client privilege offers a degree of secrecy and attorneys bring a deep knowledge of the rules and laws regarding public disclosure. "Say you're a company and you wake up Monday morning, and the FBI says, 'We found your data halfway to Asia.' That's a new experience companies are going to have to deal with, and you're probably going to want a lawyer," said Stewart Baker, a lawyer in Steptoe & Johnson's technology practice.

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