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Cybersecurity Tabletop Exercise designed for corporate executives, legal counsels

The Pell Center at Salve Regina University will host a cybersecurity tabletop exercise designed specifically as professional development for corporate executives and general counsels working in this region. The event, “Surviving a Cyber Attack: Preparedness and Resiliency in Action,” will be facilitated by a panel of experts and practitioners in the field on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The exercise will guide attendees through a simulated cyber attack and present many possible scenarios, providing considerations and tips for general counsels and lawyers who would be advising their clients in the event of a major cyber incident. This program is geared toward the corporate legal team and has been approved for 4.0 Rhode Island MCLE credit hours.

Cost of the event is $200 (includes breakfast and lunch), with early bird fee before Nov. 27 available for $150. Those interested can RSVP at

Keynote speaker for the program will be Peter Neronha, U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island. Speakers will include Ellen Giblin, privacy officer, Boston Children’s Hospital; Kevin Swindon, supervisory special agent, FBI Boston Division; Melanie D. Thomas, managing director, INFORM; Don Ulsch, senior managing director, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; Ken Mortensen, senior managing director, Cybersecurity & Privacy, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; and Stephen Ucci, counsel, Locke Lord LLP and a Rhode Island State Representative.

The panel will discuss best practices for incident response, including issues that often arise when working with law enforcement and the set of guidelines that should be followed regarding cybersecurity risks and incidents. Panelist will address disclosure obligations under current securities laws – some of which may require a disclosure of cybersecurity risks and incidents in financial statements – and the pre- and post-breach guidance that will shape the way Boards of Directors address fiduciary obligations as part of corporate governance.

Upon completion of the program, attendees will be better equipped to advise their clients while remaining compliant with the newly updated Rhode Island Data Breach Notification Law, and with pre- and post-breach guidelines issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance.