Cybersecurity

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.

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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,...

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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...

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Imran Ahmad speaks at The Globe and Mail’s Cybersecurity for Business Leaders Summit

The Summit provides business leaders with an update on current and emerging cybersecurity threats. Imran is one of the panelists for a conversation on “The Regulatory and Legal Landscape for Business”, focusing on corporate responsibility for notifying customers and privacy...

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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.

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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

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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...

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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.

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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.  

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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...

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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...

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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...

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Implementing Privacy by Design

“Privacy by design” (“PbD”) is not a new concept but one that has been receiving increasing attention and legal clout in Canada, Europe,and around the world. Broadly speaking, it requires designing a system or process in a manner that protects...

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OPC Releases Mandatory Breach Reporting Guidance

On October 29, 2018, the federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner (“OPC”) published the final version of its guidelines in connection with mandatory reporting of breaches of security safeguards (the “Guidelines”), ahead of the coming into force of the Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations (the “Regulations”)...

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BC Commissioner Releases Cannabis Sales Privacy Protection Guidelines

As a result of the recent legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (the “OIPC”) published guidelines (titled “Protecting Personal Information: Cannabis Transactions”) that aim to clarify the rights and...

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NIST Launches Privacy Framework Initiative

For many years, the cybersecurity framework developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) has been relied upon by organizations around the world as a foundational framework document. Given its success in the cybersecurity...

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Canadian Commissioner Seeks Stronger Privacy Laws

Last week, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (the “OPC”) released its 2017-2018 Annual Report (the “Report”). The Commissioner took the opportunity to raise serious concerns around the adequacy of Canadian privacy laws in the face of an increasingly digital...

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Mandatory Breach Draft Guidance Released

On September 17, 2018, the federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner (“OPC”) published its draft guidance about mandatory reporting of breaches of security safeguards (“Draft Guidelines”).  The OPC is seeking public comments as it readies itself for a November 1,...

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Getting Privacy Due Diligence Right

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 for organizations...

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Upcoming Mandatory Breach Notification Refresher

In keeping with the global movement towards increased data protection legislation, as evidenced by the recent enactment of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe and similar legislation adopted in California and Brazil,  Canada will (as of November 1,...

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Brazilian GDPR Comes into Force

On August 14, 2018, less than three months after the coming into force of the European General Data Privacy Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), the President of Brazil sanctioned, with partial veto, bill PLC 53/2018, which regulates the protection of personal information...

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Legal Considerations of Blockchain Technology

Commonly known as Bitcoin’s underlying technology, blockchain is widely discussed but poorly understood. According to an HSBC global survey, 80% of individuals who have heard of “blockchain” said they do not understand it. While the technology has the potential to...

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Cybersecurity in Canada: A Guide to Best Practices, Planning, and Management

Authored by Imran Ahmad and published by LexisNexis Canada, this book addresses cybersecurity threats and the best practices that companies can incorporate to guard against such threats. Contributors include Miller Thomson lawyers Rosa Mauro and Lampros Stougiannos.

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