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Coffee + Counsel: How to Protect Your Business Against Phishing Attacks
Q+A Session

Join us for another edition of Coffee + Counsel, a complimentary series that brings you together with a few of our lawyers for an unscripted chat about legal issues pertinent to organizations in Alberta. Your questions guide the discussion, and we provide our legal perspectives.

Cybersecurity issues are becoming a day-to-day struggle for businesses, and COVID-19 has increased the number of employees working remotely, making it harder for IT teams to secure networks. Cybercrimes have increased by 600% since the start of the pandemic, and 95% of all cybersecurity breaches are a result of human error. Many organizations believe it's inevitable that they'll fall victim to an email-based attack over the next year, whether through an employee being tricked into clicking a bad link, or a specific attack where individuals impersonate leadership and request fraudulent financial transfers. 

As phishing attacks continue to evolve, it is crucial for organizations to take additional steps to protect themselves and train personnel to be on the alert for abnormal activity. From prevention measures to mandatory reporting and everything in between, organizations have many legal issues to consider:

  • What are the best practices to prevent and defend against phishing?
  • What should be in an anti-phishing policy, and how can it be enforced?
  • What immediate steps should you take once you discover a phishing attack?
  • When do you need to report a phishing attack or breach to the Privacy Commissioner?

Grab your coffee or tea and discuss your concerns in a dynamic and open Q+ A session with Field Law lawyers Katrina Haymond, Erika Carrasco, and Richard Stobbe, who will also be joined by Kyle Myck, Field Law's IT Director.

Original broadcast: May 13, 2021



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