In Person

ABA Privacy and Emerging Technology Institute and Spring Meeting

April 17 – 19, 2024
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Event details
April 17 – 19, 2024
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
Rockville, MD 20852

Event summary

The American Bar Association Science & Technology Law Section’s Spring Meeting featured its new Privacy and Emerging Technology Institute (6.0 hours of CLE credit), other programming on the hottest scitech topics (more CLE credit, including ethics!), brainstorming sessions on issues that matter, networking events and the section’s 50th anniversary celebration.

It would be hard to identify any area of law – or life – that is not affected in some way by science or technology. We live in a time where every day brings unprecedented scientific and technological changes. These changes raise legal and policy issues that are not only important, but also important to get right. This fast-paced and stimulating conference covered the hot topics attorneys and business leaders should know about, regardless of practice area. 

Featured agenda item

Friday, April 19, 2024 | 9:00 – 10:30 am EDT

Cyber War Stories From the Frontlines: From Ransomware to Hacking Back

Cooley special counsel Randy Sabett presented alongside Kimberly Kiefer Peretti, partner and co-leader of the privacy, cyber & data strategy and national security & digital crimes teams at Alston & Bird. The two legal luminaries in the cyber world and past co-chairs of the SciTech Section’s Information Security Committee hosted a stimulating fireside chat as they shared cybersecurity war stories and provided the latest legal insights, including:

  • Holding businesses hostage: The multibillion-dollar ransomware threat, from disruption to data extortion to double- and triple-dipping, and how to survive the legal minefield
  • Artificial intelligence as weapon or shield, or both? New threats of generative AI for hacking and fraud, and defensive uses of AI to protect systems
  • Loose cyber lips sink ships: Strategies to ensure that third parties are your strongest ally and not your weakest link
  • Friend or foe? The new Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements for material cybersecurity incidents loom large for public companies and their business partners
  • Battle plans: What the landmark new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 (released on February 26, 2024) means for the cybersecurity strategy of all organizations
  • This just in from the White House: The increasingly prominent role that executive orders are playing in cybersecurity

For more information, please email Sydney Sachs.

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