Increasingly, cybersecurity is a top of mind issue for organizations and senior management teams. Being prepared for a cyberattack, coupled with a well developed and tested cyber incident response plan is essential for minimizing the legal, financial and reputational risks arising from today’s cyber threats. The Miller Thomson Cybersecurity Team is focused where business leaders are focused—on practical and comprehensive solutions. Our Team possesses a unique blend of skills spanning various practice areas including privacy, litigation, insurance, financial services, corporate governance, crisis management, and technology law. Our goal is to work with clients to implement a 360° approach to creating, managing and maintaining a secure cyber environment in the face of escalating threats and legal requirements, and a shift in the duty of care for businesses and directors.
Our multidisciplinary team of lawyers understand the complex, interrelated legal, technical and compliance issues involved in cybersecurity. The Miller Thomson Cybersecurity Team has developed industry-leading capabilities in sectors such as manufacturing, insurance, healthcare, financial services, retail, communications and transportation, allowing it to effectively advise clients with industry-specific best practices when it comes to cybersecurity.
The Miller Thomson Cybersecurity Team works with clients in developing practical action plans for mitigating and responding to cyber threats, including:
- Advising boards and management teams on governance best practices and legal duties
- Preparing and vetting cyber incident response plans
- Compliance and strategic risk mitigation advice
- Advising on cybersecurity and Directors & Officers insurance coverage
- Advising on supply chain risk management
- Security incident preparedness, response and disclosure counselling
- Due diligence and risk allocation advice for transactions of all types
- Engagement with public policy and regulatory processes
- Representation in the event of an investigation, enforcement action or litigation
The Miller Thomson Cybersecurity Team is proud to serve its clients in Canada’s both official languages. Our team is comprised of members from across the country allowing to it to provide effective, timely and practical advice to its clients.
Imran Ahmad quoted in article on data breaches and cyber security
In the article “Small, medium Canadian business still in denial on cyber security: Expert”, the author describes panelist recommendations from a workshop hosted by Miller Thomson and MNP, including several recommendations made by Miller Thomson partner, Imran Ahmad.
Imran Ahmad and Gary Volman author article on cybersecurity due diligence
In an article published in Plant Magazine, the coauthors write on the importance of cybersecurity due diligence in M&A transactions. Read the full article: Check under the hood: make it part of your due diligence process
Imran Ahmad writes on CyberSecurity and supply chain management
The article, posted by Plant Magazine, provides an overview of the cyber risks introduced by supply chains and how companies can address this risk. Read the article: Securing the supply chain: hackers may target vendors to access your network
Imran Ahmad comments on unlawful CSIS data collection
Imran Ahman is quoted in an IT World article discussing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) retaining data in violation of the CSIS Act which states personal information can only be held “to the extent strictly necessary”. Read the article: How...
Imran Ahmad discusses proposed Bill C-51 amendments on CBC
Imran Ahmad was interviewed on CBC Radio discussing recent proposals in the federal government’s green paper on national security that would enhance the investigative capabilities of police to track suspected criminals in the digital age, and how the need for better law enforcement should...
Imran Ahmad comments on DDoS attack
Imran Ahmad is quoted in an Insurance Business Canada article discussing a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that disrupted a provincial online literacy exam, affecting nearly 150,000 students across Ontario. Read the article: DDoS attack disrupts Grade 10 literacy exams
Imran Ahmad interviewed on cybercrime at Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit
Imran Ahmad was part of a panel of cybercrime experts interviewed by Information Security Media Group at the recent Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in Toronto. Listen to the audio: Helping Police Solve Cybercrimes
Imran Ahmad writes on cyber insurance
The article, posted by the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA), provides an overview of the protection offered by cyber insurance and how a business can assess its cyber insurance requirements. Read the article: Cyber Insurance – What...
Imran Ahmad comments on government’s public consultation on cybersecurity strategy
The article in IT World Canada discusses the Federal Government’s launch of a three-month public consultation on updating its cyber security strategy. Imran Ahmad, who has a practice focused on cyber security and is also a member of the advisory board...
Imran Ahmad quoted in article on access to employee personal information
The article in IT World Canada discusses the government’s Phoenix pay system and how federal managers were given unneeded access to employees’ personal details. Imran comments on some of the steps the employer should have taken when the security flaw was discovered. Read...
David Schnurr presents Privacy Law seminar to OMIA
David Schnurr presents a Privacy Law seminar on the Digital Privacy Act amendments to the Personal Information and Protection of Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and the Access to Information Act, and a 2016 CASL (Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation) Update, to members...
Imran Ahmad and Keyvan Nassiry speak at Asset-Based Lending forum
Imran Ahmad and Keyvan Nassiry speak at the Canadian Institute’s “Asset-Based Lending in a Global Economy” forum. Keyvan is conference co-chair and moderates a panel on “Maximizing International ABL Opportunities (and How to Recognize Opportunities and Avoid Obstacles)”. Imran presents...
Imran Ahmad speaks on supply chain cyber risks
Imran Ahmad presents a webinar on “Cyber Risks in the Supply Chain and its Impact on Canadian Manufacturers” for the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.
Imran Ahmad speaks on cybersecurity breaches
Imran Ahmad speaks on a panel discussing “The Role of In-house Counsel in Cybersecurity Breaches” for the Canadian Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel section.
Imran Ahmad speaks on cybersecurity
Imran Ahmad presents “Cybersecurity in the Customer Contact Space” at the Greater Toronto Area Contact Centre Association Conference: Disruptors – The OLD and the NEW.
Imran Ahmad speaks at Fraud and Breach Prevention summit
Imran Ahmad speaks on a panel discussing “How to Effectively Work with Law Enforcement and Regulators “.
Imran Ahmad speaks on cybersecurity in health care
Imran Ahmad presents “Redefining Cyber Security in Health Care: The Board’s Fiduciary Mandate” at the Ontario Hospital Association’s Health Care Governance Forum and Leadership Summit.
Imran Ahmad speaks on cybersecurity for financial institutions
Imran Ahmad speaks on a panel discussing the growing importance of cybersecurity for financial institutions at the Canadian Institute’s Regulatory Compliance for Financial Institutions Conference.
Imran Ahmad speaks on data breaches and cybersecurity crises
Imran Ahmad participates as a member of an expert panel on “Preparing for and Responding to Data Breaches and Cyber Security Crises” at the 2016 Canadian Franchise Association’s Franchise Law Day.
Kathryn Frelick presents cyber risk webinar
The webinar on “Cyber Risk in the Health Sector” is hosted by the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR).
Risk Management for Accountants
Miller Thomson LLP hosts a Smart Practices for Regulated Professionals Series starting on October 3, 2013. This complimentary session is specifically designed to help accountants mitigate the liability issues they face in their advisory role. While accountants pay very close...
The Board’s Role in Cybersecurity
BOARDS: Official Publication of the Governance Centre of Excellence
(Co-authored with Poonam Puri, Osgoode Hall Law School) Increasingly, cybersecurity is at the top of the agenda for most hospital boards, audit/risk committees and senior management teams. Board directors are wondering whether they are asking the right questions and making the...