Today’s general counsel must understand emerging technology and be conversant with the company’s chief information officer (CIO) as well as all internal IT business partners. The CIO-GC relationship is becoming increasingly symbiotic, particularly within the context of a crisis, such as a data breach or network intrusion, not unlike the events in 2013 that plagued Target, the Federal Reserve, Living Social, Snapchat, Evernote, The Washington Post and Drupal, to name a few.
Crises and doomsday scenarios are not the only reasons for establishing these relationships, however. As companies develop tech-centric policies and procedures, GCs become the best resource for predicting the legal implications, not only of those policies but also the technology itself.
Good relationships with IT translate into data risk management
The context for good relationships in the IT department may be straightforward for legal departments in technology companies, health care companies, or financial institutions, but the how can nurturing these relationships on a day-to-day basis mitigate potential data management and security risks for everyone else? There are five key components for cultivating positive working relationships with the IT department to yield comprehensive risk management.