Webinar: Ohio Data Protection Act - Safe Harbor for Businesses in Ohio

On November 2, 2018 Ohio’s new Data Protection Act went into effect.  The Ohio DPA creates a new statutory affirmative defense against data breach tort claims and identifies specific cybersecurity frameworks that are now presumptively reasonable.  KMK Law  and Gratia, Inc. partnered together to discuss the impact of Ohio DPA on businesses, the steps companies need to take as a result, and what this “safe harbor” really means. To view the webinar recording, please click here.

Participants learned about:

  • What is new in the Ohio Data Protection Act and how it compares to other statutes
  • What cybersecurity programs a business must have in place to be eligible for this new defense
  • The various frameworks identified in the Ohio DPA (including NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53 and ISO 27001)

About the Speakers:

Joseph M. Callow, Jr., Litigation Partner, KMK Law Joe helps clients manage and reduce litigation risk and litigation costs.  Joe leads the KMK Law Cybersecurity & Privacy Team, an interdisciplinary group of attorneys focused on helping clients manage risk; develop and implement data protection and cybersecurity response plans; coordinate cybersecurity response actions and manage notice procedures; and defend litigation if needed. Joe has experience working with local, regional and national companies on Cybersecurity issues.

Wayne Kiphart, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Gratia, Inc. Wayne has been an entrepreneur in the information technology and cyber security industry for his entire career. As the Co-Founder of Gratia, Inc., a managed cyber security services company. Wayne is focused on developing innovative and secure solutions for customers to consume as a service to protect their data and businesses.

Thomas Runge, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Gratia, Inc. Thomas has worked in the information technology sector throughout his career, helping corporations turn business requirements into IT solutions. His experience includes establishing global IT delivery concepts, implementing local and global audit and compliance programs and integrating local IT service delivery hubs into a global "one team" organizations. As a co-founder of Gratia, Inc., he is responsible for the operational side of the business.

Drew Hicks, Litigation Partner, KMK Law Drew assists clients in litigation and dispute resolution. His practice focuses his practice on representing public and private companies in a broad range of complex commercial litigation, including class actions, multidistrict litigation, arbitrations, mediations, and appellate matters on an national, regional, and local basis.  Drew is a member of the KMK Law Cybersecurity & Privacy Team where he works to manage cybersecurity risk before and after cybersecurity issues arise.

Stephanie Scott, Litigation Associate, KMK Law Stephanie practices in the firm's Litigation Group, focusing primarily on general corporate litigation, intellectual property, and cybersecurity and privacy law. Stephanie is a member of KMK Law Cybersecurity & Privacy Team where she actively works with companies to manage cybersecurity risk


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