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May 11, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

This is an online event presented by ACC Data Steward Program. Sign in instructions will be sent prior to the presentation.

Members: No charge
Non-members: N/A

Overview (Program Summary)

Sensitive client data stored at law firms is increasingly a target of cyberattacks. This year Chief Legal Officers have again rated information security as one of their highest concerns. Yet a recent Association of Corporate Counsel survey revealed that despite the risks, more than 70% of companies do not assess their law firms’ security, because they don’t know the right questions to ask and because they simply don’t have the internal resources to evaluate each of their firms. The 30% of companies that do assess their law firms’ security find the process extremely cumbersome, and the law firms themselves are equally frustrated.  There is a better way.

This discussion will explore the Association of Corporate Counsel’s recently launched Data Steward Program for assessing, benchmarking, validating and accrediting law firms on their information security capabilities. It will address the professional responsibilities of a lawyer as it relates to the supervision of others, client confidences and the benefits and risk associated with technology.  

The Data Steward Program utilizes a consistent, standardized process based on established information security standards, to enable law firms to easily demonstrate that they follow best practices.  A number of large corporate legal departments have decided to standardize on the Program as a more secure and efficient model for assuring law firm security.  Even better, this program is free for corporate legal departments.

Join James Merklinger, President,  the ACC Credentialing Institute and Mark Diamond, CEO, Contoural,  to discuss:

  • The inherent information security risks when a company shares its most sensitive information with law firms and legal services providers
  • What information standards and best practices help ensure information is properly protected
  • Why the current law firm assessment process is frustrating and time consuming for both companies and their law firms
  • How companies can take advantage of ACC’s Data Steward Program

Join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion.





James Merklinger, President, the ACC Credentialing Institute
Mark Diamond, CEO, Contoural


Credits: 1
State: CA
Category: General

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