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New details announced for Netlaw Media’s European Legal Security Forum 2016

Leading legal conference organiser Netlaw Media has unveiled further details of its forthcoming European Legal Security Forum, due to take place in London on 12 July 2016. The full-day conference and exhibition, which will be held at 155 Bishopsgate, is expected to attract more than 500 senior executives from the world of law and IT Security.

Edward Lucas, senior editor at The Economist, is the latest keynote speaker to be confirmed. Lucas has a particular expertise in cyber-security and espionage. He has also written several books, including “The Snowden Operation” and “Cyberphobia”, which focuses on security, identity, privacy and anonymity in the digital age. The organisers have recently announced that the European Legal Security Forum will also host an onsite book signing of his latest publication.

Other confirmed speakers include IT security veteran Graham Cluley − who will also chair the event and deliver its keynote presentation, Raj Samani, EMEA chief technology officer for Intel Security, and Simon Rice, group manager (technology) at the Information Commissioner’s Office. In total, the Forum will comprise 20 presentations and panel discussions, spread across two stages. Speakers and panel members will include data security experts, data regulators, technology and security journalists, together with senior IT, risk and security personnel from several leading domestic and global law firms operating in the UK. Additionally, more than 20 leading security-related suppliers, who offer security solutions to law firms and legal businesses, will also be exhibiting at the Forum.

With data security high on many law firms’ agendas following the recent “Panama Papers” revelations, The European Legal Security Forum will take a holistic approach to exploring this issue. Several of the presentations will provide an overview of the data security challenges now facing all data-dependent business, and the technologies which can help firms minimise their risk exposure. By contrast, other presentations will focus on the specific operational challenges of delivering data security within law firms, at board level and also in relation to specific functions and widely-used technologies. And, recognising that future data breaches involving legal practices are all-but inevitable, several presentations will explore firms’ various post-event mitigation options. Finally, domestic and cross-border data compliance issues will also be discussed.

Commenting on the event, Frances Armstrong, Netlaw Media’s UK & EMEA Managing Director, said: “We began planning The European Legal Security Forum long before the Panama Papers story broke, because our advisory panel had warned us that cyber criminals see law firms as soft targets for stealing sensitive corporate data − how accurate that warning has proved to be.”

Armstrong continues: “As we put together our programme, it became clear that delivering law firm data security involves a complex mix of defensive technologies, management buy-in and regulatory compliance. We hope delegates attending our Forum will leave the event much better informed about how they can better protect their clients’ − and their own − data.”

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