• Combatting cyber threats: CSE releases new baseline cybersecurity controls

    Jun 17, 2019

    On April 5, 2019, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security released the Baseline Cyber Security Controls for Small and Medium Organizations intended to assist small and medium organizations in Canada that want recommendations to improve their cyber security resiliency.

  • Finding a co-ordinated approach to cyber-threats

    Apr 30, 2019

    Cyberattacks on Canadian businesses are increasing in volume and sophistication. Thankfully, Canada’s approach to fighting such threats is also becoming more sophisticated — and, importantly, more co-ordinated.

  • Nearly nine in 10 lawyers aim to increase cybersecurity resources, survey states

    Nearly nine in 10 lawyers aim to increase cybersecurity resources, survey states

    Apr 29, 2019

    Nearly nine in 10 Canadian lawyers plan to increase cybersecurity resources within their firms in order to keep sensitive data safe from breaches, which is a growing concern for the profession in 2019, show recent statistics.

  • Protecting Canada’s elections

    Protecting Canada’s elections

    Mar 4, 2019

    When Yves Côté became commissioner of Canada Elections nearly seven years ago, enforcing Canada’s elections law was straightforward.

  • Meritas implements cybersecurity standards for member firms to keep confidential data protected

    Meritas implements cybersecurity standards for member firms to keep confidential data protected

    Jan 22, 2019

    Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, a global law firm network that includes 11 Canadian firms, has recently implemented cybersecurity standards for all current and future member firms to follow as part of its quality assurance program.

  • Winter is coming: Preparing for Canada’s new mandatory federal data breach regulations

    Oct 15, 2018

    It’s fair to say that new breach-reporting requirements represent a sea change in how many organizations will manage their unauthorized disclosures of personal information.

  • Canada's privacy deficit

    Canada's privacy deficit

    Sep 4, 2018

    Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien is hamstrung by weak enforcement powers

  • How to use Google’s ‘My Activity’ to your advantage in litigation

    Aug 27, 2018

    A few weeks ago, I discovered Google’s My Activity system — not only its ability to intrude on your personal privacy by tracking your movements and thoughts on any given day but its utility to my legal practice and the endless possibilities for lawyers like me with respect to the information stored on an individual.

  • Managing cybersecurity risk

    Managing cybersecurity risk

    Jul 9, 2018

    In this second of four videos covering the 13th Annual Canadian Lawyer InHouse General Counsel Roundtable, the participants from the Bank of Canada, Interac Corp, McKesson Canada (Rexall) Corp., SecureKey Technologies and Ontario Power Generation, discuss how they are managing cybersecurity in their organizations.

  • Do you have a rehearsed cyberattack response plan?

    Do you have a rehearsed cyberattack response plan?

    Feb 27, 2018

    Companies need to create and rehearse an incident response plan to avoid late intervention during a cyberattack, according to panellists speaking at a conference in Toronto last week.

  • Lesson from VTech

    Feb 12, 2018

    A recent decision from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has provided some useful guidance in connection with minimum security standards required for Internet of Things/web-connected devices, particularly those that collect personal information and data from children.

  • Data breaches know no bounds

    Data breaches know no bounds

    Jan 8, 2018

    Do your clients have a plan that identifies and addresses cross-border cyber-risks in their businesses? If not, are they OK with being excluded from certain markets due to the cyber-risk they pose?

  • Five things clients will ask their lawyers in 2018

    Jan 8, 2018

    What is on your clients' minds in 2018? Having a good grasp of the latest trends and challenges impacting your clients will help you develop stronger relationships with them.

  • What keeps in-house counsel up at night

    What keeps in-house counsel up at night

    Nov 20, 2017

    Legal department management and cybersecurity topped the list of concerns in Canadian Lawyer’s Annual Corporate Counsel Survey.

  • Lawyers to up spending on cybersecurity

    Lawyers to up spending on cybersecurity

    Oct 23, 2017

    A survey of more than 150 Canadian lawyers shows more than one-third anticipate increasing their spending on cybersecurity in the coming year.

  • Tech competence a must

    Tech competence a must

    Sep 1, 2017

    Law schools and regulators are beginning to accept that lawyers need much better training and knowledge in how to use technology.

  • Keeping data confidential

    Keeping data confidential

    Jul 10, 2017

    As fears mount that external law firms could be targets for hackers, in-house counsel are wondering just how secure the connection is to their outside advisers. In the last year or so, the FBI and other authorities have identified law firms as the weak links in the confidential information chain.

  • Planning for cyberbreaches

    Planning for cyberbreaches

    Feb 27, 2017

    There are three types of entities in the world of cybersecurity: Those whose systems have been hacked, those who don’t know they’ve been hacked and those whose systems are about to be breached. The liabilities are palpable; not just because of the brand and reputational damage or the financial cost but because it opens doors for lawsuits.

  • The next frontier: cybersecurity

    Feb 27, 2017

    As you will read in both our cover story “The era of no excuses” and the interview I did with VIA Rail’s Denis Lavoie in the Quebec report, the challenge of managing the various risks around cybersecurity is landing with a thud on the desks of in-house counsel.