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 authors Cybersecurity in Canada
LexisNexis has released Cybersecurity in Canada: A Guide to Best Practices, Planning, and Management. Authored by Imran Ahmad, with contributions from Rosa Mauro, Lampros Stougiannos, and other industry experts, this publication provides a comprehensive analysis of the increasingly critical area of cybersecurity,...
Imran Ahmad named to OBA section executives
Imran Ahmad has been named Vice-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Privacy and Access to Information Law Section executive for the 2017-2018 term. He will also serve on the Information Technology & Intellectual Property Law Section executive as a Member-at-Large. Executive members are responsible for facilitating learning, advocacy...
Imran Ahmad speaks on Blockchain Technology and Artificial Intelligence for Financial Services Conference
Imran Ahmad speaks in a conference on the issues of Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence of Blockchain and smart contracts. The conference will be in French.
Imran Ahmad speaks at ICRMC conference on Sensors, Smart Networks and Risk In The Internet of Things
Imran Ahmad speaks at the ICRMC conference on the topic of Sensors, Smart Networks and Risk In The Internet of Things. For more information, see here.
Imran Ahmad speaks on legal issues around cybersecurity at an Ontario Association of Emergency Managers conference
Imran Ahmad speaks on legal issues around cybersecurity at a conference organized by the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers.
Imran Ahmad speaks at the NetDiligence Conference on Vendor Issues: Reviewing Contracts for Risk Managers
Imran Ahmad speaks at the NetDiligence Conference on the topic of Vendor Issues: Reviewing Contracts for Risk Managers. For more information, see here.
Imran Ahmad speaks on Cybersecurity at OBA Institute Conference
Imran Ahmad speaks at the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s OBA Institute Conference on the topic of Cybersecurity. For more information, see here.
Imran Ahmad participates in roundtable discussion on data breach class action
Imran Ahmad participates in a roundtable discussion on data breach class action organized by the Ontario Bar Association.
Imran Ahmad speaks at RBC and BDO seminar
Imran Ahmad speaks at a seminar organized by RBC and BDO on the topic of Cyber Incident Preparation and Response: Best practices to mitigate risk for your not for profit.
Imran Ahmad speaks at Fraud & Breach Prevention Summit: Toronto
Imran Ahmad speaks on, “Leading Data Breach Cases over the Last Five Years … from a Legal Point of View” at the Fraud & Breach Prevention Summit: Toronto.
Imran Ahmad speaks at 2017 Canadian Risk Forum Conference
Imran Ahmad speaks on the topic of “Risk Management 3.0: Emerging Risks ” at the 2017 Canadian Risk Forum Conference.
Imran Ahmad speaks at CPA Canada’s Public Sector Conference
Imran Ahmad speaks at Canadian Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada’s Public Sector Conference on, “Best Practices for Cyber Incident Preparation and Response”.
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...
Imran Ahmad quoted in Canadian Press article on security of internet-connected home devices
Cape Breton Post, "Are you 'suitably paranoid' about your home devices' cybersecurity?"
Telecom providers may find themselves under increased pressure to show they’ve taken reasonable precautions, said Toronto-based lawyer Imran Ahmad, a partner with Miller Thomson who specializes in cybersecurity and privacy law. “There’s an expectation, quite frankly, from basic consumers that...
Cryptocurrency and cybersecurity: The implications
The Lawyer's Daily
This is part two of a two-part series. Similar to the way money is stored in a bank, cryptocurrency can be stored in forms of “cryptocurrency wallets” where sensitive information is encrypted and securely stored. If an owner of a...
Cryptocurrency and cybersecurity: A primer
The Lawyer's Daily
As the value of bitcoins continues to soar, there has been increased interest in whether cryptocurrencies may one day replace traditional currencies. However, regulators and the broader public remain skeptical and concerned about whether digital currencies are vulnerable to manipulations...
What GDPR Means for Canadian Businesses
The European Union’s (“EU”) General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”), which comes into force in May 2018, will impose significant new obligations on businesses that handle the personal data of EU residents. What is unique is that the GDPR applies...
The Growing Importance of Privacy Compliance in Transactions
Increasingly, a key asset that organizations hold is the sensitive data they collect, use and retain about their customers, employees, and suppliers. It is therefore no surprise that data security and privacy compliance have become a top of mind consideration...
Prepare for an attack: lessons learned from Verizon-Yahoo ordeal
As hackers become more sophisticated, it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” companies will be targeted by cyber criminals.
Imran Ahmad quoted in The Globe and Mail on WannaCry cyberattack
The Globe and Mail, "Canada spared worst of the cyberattack but full extent still unknown"
Overview of privacy laws in Canada: What you should know
Cyber Security Practitioner
Imran Ahmad evaluates how the privacy law landscape operates in Canada, how this relates to cyber security, and the new mandatory breach notification requirements being introduced by the Digital Privacy Act, which has significantly amended the Personal Information Protection and...
Companies need to plan for handling a cybersecurity breach
The Globe and Mail, Report on Business
Our shift to a digital society has seen the emergence of a new kind of crime: stealing data and attacking company networks, whether for financial gain, to send a political message, or sometimes simply to prove a point.
U.S. case spotlights cyber coverage
The Lawyers Weekly
This article originally appeared in the March 24, 2017 issue of The Lawyers Weekly. In 2016, “cyber” had increased prominence in the minds of organizations and with good reasons. “Hacking” not only made the headlines because of allegations that hackers were interfering with the U.S....