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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

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The ACC Foundation introduces the 2020 State of Cybersecurity Report, An In-house Perspective. Building on the results of the 2015 and 2018 editions of this survey, this report sheds light on the growing role that legal departments are playing in organization-wide cybersecurity policies and practices.

With responses from 586 companies in 20 industries and 36 countries, the data included in this report provides a comprehensive understanding of how legal departments in organizations of different sizes engage in cybersecurity matters.

The report presents key insights in these five areas:

  1. The Legal Department's Role in Cybersecurity
  2. Policies and Practices
  3. Risk Management
  4. Breach and Incident Experience
  5. Working with Government and Law Enforcement

Key Demographics


The 2020 ACC Foundation: State of Cybersecurity, An In-house Perspective report includes highly-relevant insights from legal departments across a wide range of countries, industry sectors, and company sizes.

in diverse organizations

in manufacturing, services, and more

representing seven global regions

  • Methodology

    Survey instrument: The survey questionnaire was offered through an online survey platform. Personalized survey links were sent by email to the target population, which allowed participants to save their responses and fill out the questionnaire in more than one sitting, if needed.

    Fielding period: The survey opened on April 2, 2020, and closed on May 18, 2020. Reminder emails were sent weekly.

    Target population: We targeted ACC members worldwide who are the decision-makers in their respective legal departments. To further expand our reach, we also sent participation invites through other ACC Foundation contacts.

    Participation: A total of 586 legal department decision-makers participated. Apart from targeted email messages, opportunities to participate were also sent through LinkedIn campaigns.