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John L. Barlament quoted in article “NY’s Novel Data Security Proposal Likely To Have Wide Appeal”

Law360

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In shifting from a focus on requiring companies to take the heat for incidents to allowing them to put certain standards in place ahead of time to combat known risks, the attorney general’s proposal is likely to help improve the nation's overall cybersecurity posture by making companies more willing to be forthcoming with details about what is working and what is not, according to attorneys.

"What's happening right now is that companies are reluctant to share information about breaches due to concerns that they are exposing themselves to lawsuits and governmental investigations even if they have good security provisions," Quarles & Brady LLP partner John Barlament said. “This proposal turns that on its head by trying to give companies an incentive to open up and share best practices.”

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