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2018 Outlook: Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

30 January 2018
Mayer Brown Newsletter

The cybersecurity and data privacy landscape raised new and challenging questions for businesses and governments around the world in 2017. We are poised to see new waves of technological disruption and legal complexity in 2018.

Technological developments that provide vast benefits will pose significant cybersecurity challenges and raise new data privacy questions. The Internet of Things (“IoT”), cloud computing, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain technologies are but a few of the technologies that businesses are incorporating into their operations and/or products. As these technologies emerge, grow and become more complex, so do cyber threats and data privacy challenges. Threat actors are evolving to take advantage of expanding attack surfaces, develop cybercrime as a service (with fees often paid in anonymous cryptocurrencies), and deliver new strains of ransomware and increasingly destructive attacks. Meanwhile, international regulatory regimes governing data protection are only becoming more complex.

Against this background, key cybersecurity and data privacy issues for multinational companies in 2018 will include:

  • Ongoing regulatory scrutiny of cybersecurity and data privacy;
  • Vendor management as a key part of cybersecurity governance;
  • Expanded cybersecurity and data privacy litigation, including in the IoT;
  • Dynamic evolution of cybersecurity and data privacy policy; and
  • Implementation and expansion of international frameworks.

Authors

  • Rajesh De
    Partner
    T +1 202 263 3366
  • Matthew Bisanz
    T +1 202 263 3434
  • Kendall C. Burman
    T +1 202 263 3210
  • Samantha C. Booth
    T +1 650 331 2029
  • Qi Chen
    Registered Foreign Lawyer, (Illinois, USA)
    T +852 2843 5798
  • Marcus A. Christian
    T +1 202 263 3731
  • Rebecca S. Eisner
    T +1 312 701 8577
  • Veronica R. Glick
    T +1 202 263 3389
  • Gabriela Kennedy
    T +852 2843 2380
  • Mickey Leibner
    T +1 202 263 3711
  • Stephen Lilley
    T +1 202 263 3865
  • Linda L. Rhodes
    T +1 202 263 3382
  • Lei Shen
    Partner
    T +1 312 701 8852
  • Joshua M. Silverstein
    T +1 202 263 3208
  • David A. Simon
    T +1 202 263 3388
  • Joel R. Spencer
    T +1 202 263 3243
  • Jeffrey P. Taft
    T +1 202 263 3293
  • Matthew A. Waring
    T +1 202 263 3273
  • Oliver Yaros
    T +44 20 3130 3698
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