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 and Kathryn Frelick present workshop on data and privacy breaches
Imran Ahmad and Kathryn Frelick present a half-day workshop on “Be Cyber Smart: Be Prepared to Effectively Respond to Data and Privacy Breaches” for the Canadian Health Information Management Association conference.
Imran Ahmad speaks at the International Cyber Security & Intelligence Conference
Imran Ahmad speaks at the International Cyber Security & Intelligence Conference (ICSIC) on November 14 – 15, 2018
Imran Ahmad and Katherine Barbacki present a webinar on “Practical Strategies for Avoiding a Cyber Breach”
Diligent preparation before a cyber breach occurs will go a long way in mitigating its financial, operational, legal and reputational impacts on an organization. But what specific governance and technology measures should organizations consider implementing? In this program, participants will...
Imran Ahmad speaks on “Cyber Incident Response Planning” at IIAC webinar
Imran Ahmad speaks at the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) webinar on “Cyber Incident Response Planning” in collaboration with communications agency FleishmanHillard HighRoad on Thursday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Kim Ozubko speaks on “Cybersecurity and Pensions and Benefits”
Kim Ozubko speaks on “Cybersecurity and Pensions and Benefits” at the CBA/ABA/IPEBLA Global Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference in Boston.
Imran Ahmad speaks at Focus on Manufacturing Security
Featured speaker Imran Ahmad speaks on “Cybersecurity and IIOT” at Canadian Security’s Focus On Manufacturing Security seminar. Click here for a preview as Imran discusses the role of IIOT, how to manage the security of network devices, risk mitigation and...
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.
“Market Close” Cocktail – Artificial Intelligence
Next Miller Thomson’s “Market Close” Cocktail will be on artificial intelligence. Join us for an informal discussion on the latest developments in the Canadian market regarding the emergence and increased prominence of artificial intelligence and the rapidly evolving commercial and regulatory...
Incident Response & Cyber Risk Management Forum
Cyber security threats continue to be among the most pressing issues today. Companies must proactively take steps to protect themselves against the risks arising from the compromise of personal data, loss of critical business systems, and theft of intellectual property...
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...
How Smart is Your Contract? Legal Considerations Around Smart Contracts
Ontario Bar Association Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law section
In a 2016 report by the World Economic Forum, it was suggested that smart contracts based on blockchain technology could potentially codify financial agreements in a shared platform and guarantee execution based on mutually agreed conditions. This would significantly reduce manual...
Going driverless: Legal considerations for the auto industry
When the first Michael Bay Transformer movie was released in 2007 depicting alien robots that could transform into driverless vehicles of various sizes, the idea of such autonomous contraptions seemed far-fetched. Today, autonomous and connected vehicles are much closer to...
Cybersecurity In Canada: What to Expect in 2018
Globally, 2017 saw a year-over-year increase from 2016 in the number cyberattacks and data breaches that were reported in the media and to various regulators. Canadian organizations (public and private) were no exception to this global trend. Interestingly, attackers did...
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...
Cybersecurity: Are Social Engineering Attacks Covered Under Insurance Policies?
Cybersecurity incidents are a popular topic of coverage in the press. These incidents range from hacking into organizations that hold a large quantity of data about clients, employees, vendors and other stakeholders to duping employees to transfer funds into fraudulent...
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.