Practical ways your company’s contracts can help improve its cybersecurity odds

I am sharing two articles with you because, as you well know, cybersecurity is a really hot topic right now due to the threat it poses to virtually all businesses. I hope you find these helpful.
I was recently interviewed by CSO Magazine and asked to give one suggestion that companies could do to improve their cybersecurity chances. I suggested they focus on their contracts as they relate to cybersecurity issues (HERE).
Yesterday, on Norse’s DarkMatters, I explained this issue in greater detail and provided basic examples of cybersecurity issues that every business should address in their contracts (HERE).
As you read through these articles, think about the different kinds of data your company has, the many ways the bad guys could get to it, and how additional safeguards could be put into place for those within your company as well as its third-party relationships. These are just a few examples of the areas where addressing cybersecurity issues in your contracts can help improve your company’s overall cybersecurity posture, and the contracts issue is only one of many areas that make up a comprehensive cyber risk protection program that is what all companies really need. 
If your company already has a program that includes these kinds of precautions, then congratulations because you are well ahead of most other companies! If you do not, we would love to help you get these protections in place so let me know and let’s schedule a time to get together over breakfast or lunch – my treat!


Shawn Tuma (@shawnetuma) is a cybersecurity and data protection lawyer that business leaders trust to help solve problems with cutting-edge issues involving cyber risk and compliance, computer fraud, data breach and privacy, and intellectual property law. He is a partner at Scheef & Stone, LLP, a full-service commercial law firm in Texas that represents businesses of all sizes across the United States and, through the Mackrell International Law Network, around the world.

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