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Cybersecurity In Ohio

Cyber incidents pose a growing threat to both individuals and companies. In 2018, billions of Americans had their personal information exposed in cyber incidents[1]and, according to IBM, the average data breach cost U.S. companies $7.9 million[2]. For companies who store sensitive information, whether customer data or trade secrets, guarding against cyber incidents should be a high priority.

There are steps that companies can take to protect themselves from these risks, and a knowledgeable attorney can help navigate a complex regulatory environment. While some international and federal laws exist, rules governing cybersecurity are increasingly being considered and passed at the state level, creating a patchwork of penalties and incentives depending on where your business is located[3]. For businesses located in Ohio, our attorneys can help your company prepare for the event of a breach and protect itself from potential legal fallout.

Taking a Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity

Signed into law in 2018, the Ohio Data Protection Act incentivizes businesses to protect customer data before a breach occurs. Our attorneys can help guide you in creating a proactive cybersecurity policy for your business. This offers protection in two ways: by lowering the chances that your business will become the victim of a successful attack, and in the event of a data breach, provide your business with an affirmative defense against lawsuits. We can help you craft a policy which complies with accepted industry standards.

Helping Victims of Cyber Incidents

No matter how well prepared an entity is, data breaches remain a fact of digital life. In the event of a breach, our attorneys can help you understand your obligations to your customers, your potential liability, and what steps you can legally take to investigate and limit damage from the attack.[4]

Ready to Take the Next Steps?

An Ohio attorney can help your business create a cybersecurity policy that works for you. Preparing for the worst protects your business today and in the future should your data be compromised. Contact Niekamp, Weisensell, Mutersbaugh & Mastrantonio for a free consultation and find out how our attorneys can help.

[1] Snider, Mike. “Your data was probably stolen in a cyber attack in 2018 – and you should care.”  December 28, 2018. 
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/12/28/data-breaches-2018-billions-hit-growing-number-cyberattacks/2413411002/

[2] Marvin, Rob. “How Much Does a Data Breach Cost Anyway?”  July 19, 2019. 
https://www.pcmag.com/news/362543/how-much-does-a-data-breach-cost

[3] Wysopal, Chris. “Why states should push forward with cyber laws.” March 14, 2019. 
https://thehill.com/opinion/cybersecurity/434016-why-states-should-push-forward-with-cybersecurity-laws

[4] Kerr, Orin. “What is cybersecurity law?” May 14, 2015. 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/05/14/what-is-cybersecurity-law/?utm_term=.15abaa59a354

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