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 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 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”.
Imran Ahmad co-leads webinar on “Cybersecurity and Legal Compliance – How to Strike a Balance”
Imran Ahmad co-leads The Conference Board of Canada’s webinar on “Cybersecurity and Legal Compliance – How to Strike a Balance”.
Imran Ahmad presents at the Canadian Electricity Association’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee Meeting
Imran co-presents on Balancing Effective Cyber-Security & Compliance at the Canadian Electricity Association’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee Meeting in Toronto.
Kathryn Frelick speaks on cyber risk in the health sector
Kathryn Frelick presents on the subject of “Cyber Risk in the Health Sector” at the 2017 CLEAR Annual Educational Conference in Denver, Colorado.
James Swanson speaks at the Privacy and Access Council of Canada
James Swanson presents “Vandals at the Gates – Selected Topics in Cyber Security” at the 2017 A World of Change conference apart of the National Privacy & Data Governance Congress, Privacy & Access Council of Canada. For more information, click...
Imran Ahmad speaks at cyber security & intelligence conference
Imran Ahmad is a speaker at the 2017 International Cyber Security & Intelligence Conference (ICSIC). Miller Thomson clients are eligible to receive a 15% ticket discount before March 31, 2017. Contact us for the promo code.
Imran Ahmad speaks on preparing for a cyberattack
Imran Ahmad presents “How to Be Prepared for a Cyberattack” (“Comment se préparer et répondre à une cyber-attaque”) for the Canadian Bar Association – Québec Branch.
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.
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...
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....
Cybersecurity Now Part of Due Diligence Process
Imran Ahmad discusses cybersecurity effect on class action litigation
Canadian Lawyer Magazine, " The era of no excuses"
General counsel are taking on a larger role in protecting corporate data. With class action lawsuits threatening valuations of entire industries, they have no choice. Just two days after Christmas this past December, an American company called E-Sports Entertainment Association went...
Imran Ahmad comments on cybersecurity regulations in Financial Post
Financial Post, "New York's new financial cyber security laws have Canadian experts taking note"
Last week, New York State’s new cyber security requirements for financial institutions came into full effect, including mandatory minimum standards for protecting customer data for firms that fall under the state financial watchdog’s purview.