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Don’t Make the Same Mistake I Did

Seven years ago, a new puppy moved in with my family.  In an effort to socialize him, we attended classes so he could interact with unfamiliar people and other dogs. One day, I even chased down the UPS man so the puppy would be exposed to someone in a uniform. I had read about puppy development and the fear stages of a dog and thought I had done all that was required.  To my dismay, I have since learned that dogs require continuing reinforcement, correction, and retraining.  Our now seven-year-old dog doesn’t always play well with strangers.

Lessons learned from puppies apply equally to privacy and cyber security training for people.  Experts agree: it is impossible to spend enough money to safeguard a computer system from the human element.  Policies, procedures, and consistent training are required. 

Training once or even once a year is not enough.  Since the threats are constantly changing, training must be ongoing.  [A month ago, who had heard of Wanna Cry?]  Someone in each organization must monitor threats and, as they emerge, share information with the group.  Since executives and new hires are likely the most vulnerable to certain types of attacks, everyone should participate in this ongoing training.

Social media and company websites provide a wealth of information from which an attacker can construct a credible phishing e-mail.  It happens every day, and each member of the organization should be made aware. 

Organizations should periodically test compliance with policies and procedures. Try to view the inevitable lapses as training opportunities; punishment only discourages reporting of problems. 

If you would like to speak to Debbie Fulton about this or any other matter, she may be reached at (865) 546-9321.

Debra Fulton Named in Best Lawyers® Spring 2017 Business Edition

Debra Fulton was named in Best Lawyers® Spring 2017 Business edition as Lawyer of the Year in Workers' Compensation Law.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 79,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 12 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 6.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You—Tennessee Data Breach Law

John Chambers, CEO of CISCO, said that there are two types of computers in the world:  those that have been hacked and those that will be hacked.  Don’t think you are not at risk because you are not a big national or multinational company.  You are at risk of being hacked no matter your size. Hacking isn’t just a problem for Yahoo or a problem for health care providers.  In fact small and mid-sized businesses may be more subject to hacking because they are the low hanging fruit and have fewer resources to protect data.

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John Lawhorn Published in DICTA

John Lawhorn published an article in the Knoxville Bar Association's DICTA publication (page 13) titled, "Wage Garnishments for Tennessee Employers Just Became More Complicated." In the article, John discusses that there is a likely increase in the number of wage garnishments with which many Tennessee employers must contend, especially those who use independent contractors, and how to respond.

If you would like to speak to John Lawhorn on this or any other matter, he may be reached at (865) 546-9321.

Debra L. Fulton Has Earned CIPM Certification

Debra L. Fulton has earned the ANSI-accredited designation of Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  Prior to earning her CIPM, Debra earned the ANSI-accredited as a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Having practiced law for more than 30 years, Debra is a knowledgeable, hands-on professional who provides sound, practical advice to her clients. Her practice has traditionally focused in the litigation arena, but over the past few years, she has worked to further develop and enhance her skills in the area of privacy and data protection. Debra is one of only a few lawyers who have worked to achieve this designation.  

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