Hiring law firm in wake of data breach gives companies the secrecy of privilege

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Many law firms are getting into the cybersecurity game

BY JULIE BECK

April 4, 2013

When data breaches hit, some companies are turning to law firms for help.

Typically when facing down a hacker, a company would retain a forensic investigator, the Wall Street Journal reports. But companies who go with law firms instead get the advantage of secrecy in the form of attorney-client privilege.

For a company that suffers a data breach, the breach itself is only the beginning of its problems. Litigation often follows on the heels of a breach, as well as drawing the attention of regulatory authorities. For example, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. in October suffered a breach in which a hacker stole the personal data of about 1 million people, which resulted in a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and other regulatory investigations as well as lawsuits seeking class-action status.

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