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Gregory Bautista, as co-chair of Wilson Elser’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice and a member of the Information Governance Leadership Committee, has embraced the concept of information governance, which melds the disciplines that exist in all businesses into a powerful enterprise-wide strategy. Greg is an experienced civil litigator with a focus on data breach response and e-discovery matters and has earned the designation of U.S. Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He is keenly aware of the growing importance of helping clients to develop and implement data security risk management measures related to the receipt and use of highly sensitive and confidential data.

iStock_000074015155_LargeWilson Elser’s Cyber Incident Response Team has seen an alarming uptick in cyber-criminal activity targeted at professional services firms, particularly accounting firms. As described in more detail below, the criminal activity follows a very specific pattern. We take this opportunity to remind all professionals of the need to be wary and skeptical of what communications they receive electronically. Consider starting the New Year with training and education for yourself as well as your partners, staff and employees on cyber risk and how to best avoid an attack and mitigate any damages if an attack occurs. In the past three months, we have noticed a pattern of activity targeted at small to midsize professional services firms. Attackers attempt to gain access to computer systems containing sensitive financial information, which may result in a legal duty on the part of the professional to notify their clients that their confidential information was or may have been exposed.

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