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Managing Partner Jeff Dennis Contributes to Inside Track on Law.com

Newmeyer & Dillion’s Managing Partner Jeff Dennis was recently interviewed by Stephanie Forshee, a reporter with Law.com, for their weekly briefing, Inside Track. Within the segment, Jeff Dennis answered the 'question of the week.' How can GCs help board members and other executives protect themselves from liability in the event of a shareholder class action tied to a data breach?

April 1, 2018


Managing Partner Jeff Dennis quoted in Wall Street Journal, "Board-level Lessons from the Yahoo Shareholder Settlement"


A settlement filed on March 2 between Yahoo Inc and shareholders stipulated that Yahoo would be required to pay $80 million to plaintiffs harmed by data breaches occurring in 2013 and 2014. Newmeyer & Dillion Managing Partner Jeff Dennis spoke with reporter Kate Fazzini of WSJ Pro Cybersecurity about the settlement and provided insight on what it means for boards concerned about cyber risk.

“[Boards] must understand regulations, set and prioritize cyber initiatives with a focus on reporting and examine how they are managing external risk, including risk from third parties,” said Mr. Dennis, adding “The board doesn’t need to do day-to-day management, but it does need to set the agenda and tone at these companies so they understand cyberrisk is an important part of the business.”

Subscribers can read Kate’s article, “Board-level Lessons from the Yahoo Shareholder Settlement,” in the WSJ Pro Cybersecurity March 15 newsletter.

March 26, 2018

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Teddy Bears and Toasters- California Law Addresses Security of Connected Devices By Anne J. Kelley

California is once again on the cutting edge of internet security and data privacy laws. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed the nation’s first law regulating the Internet of Things (“IoT”) devices, SB 327, entitled “Information Privacy: Connected Devices.” Starting on January 1, 2020, manufacturers of connected devices will be required to equip them with reasonable security features to protect the devices, and any information collected through the devices, from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure. These measures will be mandatory for all connected devices sold in California.

November 7, 2018


Can Your Small Business Afford to Risk the Imminent Threat of a Cyber Incident? By Heather Whitehead, Jeffrey M. Dennis

Cybersecurity incidents are occurring on a daily basis and at an increasingly growing rate. Yet, many small businesses still have not obtained adequate (or any) cyber insurance to address these risks and the costly impacts to the business that will result. In a recent study completed by the Insurance Information Institute , only about a third of all small businesses polled responded that they have cyber insurance in place, with 70% of respondents replying that they have no plans to purchase a cyber insurance policy in the next 12 months. Most of the businesses indicated that they do not believe they have any need for cyber insurance, yet almost half of those same companies stated they are unprepared to handle cyber threats. A main reason for not purchasing cyber insurance was a lack of understanding about this type of insurance and coverages available.

November 2, 2018