Cyber Security Industry Alliance Newsletter • Volume 2, Number 5 • January 2006

Data Integrity Summit:  Legal Implications of IT Security

The American Record Management Association (ARMA) reports that more than 90% of all business records today are electronic. The growth of electronic records, and how they are managed, processed and stored, poses business, financial, legal and operational risks when analyzed in the context of recent laws and regulations, such as Sarbanes Oxley.

Safeguarding the integrity of electronic against unauthorized alteration or destruction is increasingly becoming a business imperative; demonstrating that such alteration and destruction has not occurred could make the difference between prevailing or not in a legal or regulatory dispute.

John Podesta,
Keynote Speaker
  • Could your company withstand a data integrity challenge in the midst of a legal dispute?
  • Could you be liable for harms arising from poor data integrity practices that allow malicious exploitation of vulnerabilities in your company’s critical computer systems?
  • Do you fully understand your fiduciary obligations as senior executives to ensuring the integrity of electronic records?

Legal, forensic, IT security and business experts addressed these and several other questions that could fundamentally affect a company’s credibility.

CSIA’s Data Integrity Summit - targeting corporate executives, inside counsel and law firms - focused on the legal implications of IT security with a mixture of keynote presentations, panels and a mock trial.

Afternoon "Mock Trial"
and wrap up by
Orson Swindle

John Podesta, former Chief of Staff for President Clinton and current CEO of the Center for American Progress offered a morning keynote address on the integrity and transparency of Governmental information. Randy Kahn, author of Information Nation, defined data integrity and discussed its importance inside the organization. Jeffrey Ritter, partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, discussed how managing the data infrastructure of a business can improve its bottom line. Howard A. Schmidt, pundit and former chair of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and former CSO at Microsoft, also joined in the panel discussions.

The afternoon presented a "mock" examination of an expert witness to demonstrate the applicability of data integrity in a typical business litigation scenario. Finally, Orson Swindle, former Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission summarized the day’s discussion and commented on the day’s themes with regard to the current business regulatory environment.

CSIA thanks Platinum Summit sponsor Surety, LLC; Gold sponsors Cooley Godward LLP and Symantec ; and bronze sponsors Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, Alston & Bird, and Grant Thornton U.S.

Look for a review and analysis of this discussion in the February CSIA Newsletter. Soon to be available as a Podcast!