Cybersecurity is top of mind for most businesses, and while general counsel and law departments can sometime be disconnected from the IT department, that doesn’t make them any less responsible or vulnerable to these risks. Viruses, fraud and unwarranted intrusion can leak sensitive information and potentially damage your vital infrastructure. Now, more than ever, effective strategies that address current and future cyber risks are essential to the operation of your department. But without any background identifying and mitigating security risks it can be tough to know where to start.
Wanji Walcott, managing counsel at American Express, has 19 years of experience counseling diverse businesses, and leads a team that provides global legal support in a number of a technology-focused areas. Walcott will address cybersecurity issues during the upcoming Women, Influence and Power in Law Conference during the session, “Cybersecurity and the Legal Department,” in Washington, D.C. InsideCounsel recently had an opportunity to speak with Walcott about some of the challenges and strategies she recommends law departments use when addressing cybersecurity risks. Below is the full exchange: