Cybersecurity and Privacy in the Higher Education Industry
Colleges and universities collect, process, and create enormous amounts of data, much of which is sensitive: student education records; student, faculty, and staff health and financial information; and the university’s own intellectual property. From FERPA and HIPAA to GDPR and state breach notification laws, the patchwork of privacy-related laws and regulations is dizzying, and the consequences of a loss or inadvertent disclosure of data can be devastating and can include substantial fines. Data privacy and cybersecurity are inextricably linked, and both fields are riddled with challenges and legal risks.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s team of cybersecurity and privacy professionals work collaboratively to support our higher education clients at all stages and from all angles: we advise on compliance with privacy regulations and cybersecurity preparedness; we guide them through crisis management when a data security incident occurs; and we offer a full range of post-incident services. Our interdisciplinary approach means that attorneys in different legal fields — corporate, insurance, intellectual property, white collar crime and litigation — provide our college and university clients with well-rounded, innovative solutions. We also partner with insurance companies, forensic data technology firms and PR specialists to develop approaches and solutions to help protect our clients’ resources, property and reputations.
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