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Burning Down the House: Why is a Cyber Attack Different from a Fire Under the Law?

Huffington Post | June 9, 2016
By: Richard M. Burton

There are regulations that cover fire safety at the Federal and State level. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has hundreds of pages of regulations and best practices, which have been adopted by and coordinated with state agencies. A cyber incident is no less dangerous than a fire, yet it is treated by the government, companies and individuals as if it does not pose the same risks.

This article, co-authored by Rick Borden, Partner in the Cyber Law and Data Protection Group, explores why clear guidance and regulation are needed to help prevent a cyber incident. 

This correspondence should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. The contents are intended for general informational purposes only, and you are urged to consult a lawyer concerning your own situation and legal questions.
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