April 2017 Publisher's Note

2017-04-13 05:00
Technology is changing the way we do business at a faster rate than ever. It is also changing the way we look at risk and liability. Vulnerability to both are themes that run prominently through this issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.
 
The special section on cybersecurity offers insights from leading experts on how to prevent breaches, how to respond to them and what forensic investigations can teach us about breaches. Michael Adams of McGuireWoods, who is a former national security advisor and is featured on the cover, leads the section with detailed advice to corporate counsel on how to develop “a series of basic, tangible maneuvers.” In our interview with Daniel Silver of Clifford Chance and Una Dean of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, we discuss the role of law enforcement in cyberattacks and how to benefit from collaboration (page 30). Deborah Dunie discusses the need for corporate board members to become cyberliterate and NACD’s new online course designed to help them.
 
Paul Rafferty anticipates the regulatory changes needed for driverless cars, as well as the potential liability they will create (page 21). Rachel Hadrick of McNees Wallace discusses “sender liability” and the potential for phone makers or other device makers to be found liable for accidents caused by texting and driving (page 10). 
 
Advertising and marketing risks are real, especially in the highly regulated food and beverage sector. Steven Prudell and Christina Yousef discuss the FDA’s much anticipated definition of the word “natural,” which many hope and expect to clear the muddy waters that have prompted litigation over the use of the term (page 37)
 
Our In-House Ops section is led by Matthew Cohen, Michael Prounis and David White of AlixPartners. In their contribution they discuss why law departments may want to bring e-discovery in-house, and why they may not, and how to do so (if they’re so inclined). Also in this section, Matt Coatney offers insights on how law departments can (and should) embrace artificial intelligence.
 
For you NCAA fans, we interviewed David Radack of Ecker Seamans to find out more about the history of the trademark for March Madness, and for our trouble gleaned some useful lessons about trademarks generally (page 8).
 
Finally, we’d like to remind you that we are actively looking for participation from our readers. If you have a topic you would like us to cover, or if you have an interest in writing an article, please feel free to reach out. We always value your suggestions.