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 comments on WannaCry cyberattack in The Globe and Mail
Imran Ahmad is quoted in a Globe and Mail article discussing the recent global WannaCry cyberattacks. Read the article: Canada spared worst of the cyberattack but full extent still unknown (subscription only)
Imran Ahmad discusses cybersecurity effect on class action litigation
Imran Ahman is quoted in a Canadian Lawyer article, commenting on the growing number of cyberbreach victims seeking restitution through class action lawsuits. Read the article: “The Era of No Excuses“
Imran Ahmad comments on cybersecurity regulations in Financial Post
Imran Ahmad is quoted in a Financial Post article concerning new cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions that recently came into effect in New York state, and what implications they could have on financial institutions in Canada. Read the article: “New York’s...
Imran Ahmad comments on new rules surrounding transparency in data breaches
Imran Ahmad is quoted in a CBC article on upcoming changes to Canadian privacy law, forcing Canadian companies to disclose cyberattacks and the specific risks that could lead to attacks in the future. Read the full article: “Here’s why reports...
Imran Ahmad comments on upcoming data breach notification requirements
Imran Ahmad is quoted in a Canadian Underwriter article on upcoming federal regulations requiring organizations to notify individuals of data breaches when there is a “real risk of significant harm.” Read the full article: “Breach Notification“
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 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:...
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 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.
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.
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...
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
Mandatory Data Breach Notification is Coming: Is your Organization Ready?
Cybersecurity in Canada: What to Expect in 2017
CSA Issues Cybersecurity Disclosure Expectations
Does your Insurance Cover Phishing Scam? It may not.
Check under the hood: make it part of your due diligence process
You have acquired a competitor to help your business grow by accessing new customers and technology. However, you learn shortly afterwards the target company had a major data breach that it didn’t disclose to bidders.
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...