Feb. 19, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Cybersecurity is becoming an increasing part of the legal field, according to a new report published today by the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. The report, prepared by the Hanover Research Corp., focuses on the role of corporate legal departments in addressing cybersecurity challenges.
From the growing threats of cyberattacks to a lack of practitioners qualified to handle cyber-related issues, the report finds that cybersecurity law is an area ripe for future growth and points to the need to educate and train both current and future attorneys.
Prior surveys have shown that “data security” was the No. 1 issue for corporate directors that “keeps them up at night,” but this is the first to explore in detail the role of corporate lawyers in helping industry prepare for and respond to cyberattacks.
Among the study’s key findings are:
“The study confirms what we have long believed: that security threats are a critical and growing issue for all businesses, and that well-trained lawyers are a critical tool in the fight against those threats," said Austen L. Parrish, dean and James H. Rudy professor of law. "The Maurer School of Law has unique capabilities and an exceptional program so that we can do our part in helping to prepare those lawyers.”
The Maurer School of Law offers the nation’s leading and most respected curriculum in cybersecurity and information privacy law. Maurer, together with other units of Indiana University, has been recognized by the federal government as a National Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Education and Research.
“Cybersecurity is too often thought of as merely a technological issue, when in reality fighting cyberthreats requires a broad-based approach that includes law, economics, international relations and many other disciplines as well,” said Fred H. Cate, distinguished professor of law and founding director and senior fellow at IU’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. “This was the vision IU President Michael McRobbie articulated when he created the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research in 2002, and as a result Maurer is a leader in preparing law students to work in this rapidly growing field.”
The law school is currently seeking approval to offer the nation’s first graduate certificates in Cybersecurity Law and Policy and in Information Privacy Law and Policy.
The Hanover study involved both a survey in November 2014 of attorneys in corporate law departments and in-depth interviews with lawyers, consultants and academic experts in cybersecurity. For further information, contact Fred H. Cate at email@example.com or 812 855-1161