Date/Time: Tuesday, March 20, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m EST
Location: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, 601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

The FCBA Privacy and Data Security Committee, the ABA Forum on Communications Law, and the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force will hold the 13th Annual Privacy & Data Security Symposium: The Changing Cybersecurity Landscape for Tech and Critical Communications Infrastructure: Are You Ready? on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.  This program will be held at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, 601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Within the first five months of his administration, President Trump signed an executive order designed to improve the nation’s cybersecurity efforts.  Executive Order 13800 was generally hailed by both Republicans and Democrats as timely and important, as destabilizing cyberattacks like the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware outbreaks demonstrate implementing a robust national cybersecurity posture and defending critical infrastructure cannot wait.  While the Executive Order produced detailed analysis and reports on the country’s cybersecurity framework, some experts clamor for more aggressive action by the Trump Administration, especially with respect to our nation’s communications systems.  This year’s Symposium will examine this Executive Order, along with Congress, the FCC, and federal and state agency attempts to bolster the nation’s cyber defenses.  The individual sessions also will discuss the state of cyber law and recent cybersecurity incidents and risks to the telecommunications and media industries, including law firms.  We will discuss the ABA and state bar association model codes and formal opinions and explore best practices for staying ahead of and responding to increasingly sophisticated cyber threats.


-If you are an FCBA member who will be attending in person in Washington, DC, click here to register online or click here to download the registration formIf you are an ABA Forum on Communications Law member, you may not register online.  You must download the form.

-If you are located outside of the Washington, DC metropolitan area and interested in attending via teleconference, please contact


2:00 – 2:15 p.m.         Opening Remarks and Introductions

Jenell Trigg, Co-Chair, Annual Symposium; Founding Co-Chair Emeritus, FCBA Privacy & Data Security Committee; and Member and Chair, Privacy & Data Security Practice, Lerman Senter PLLC

Carolyn Y. Forrest, Chair, ABA Forum on Communications Law; and Vice President Legal Affairs, Fox Television Stations, LLC

Julie Kearney, President, FCBA; and Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Consumer Technology Association

2:15 – 2:40 p.m.         Policy Priorities for the Trump Administration

A change in administration between parties always brings with it a change in policies and priorities.  Over a year into the Trump administration, David Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce will provide an overview of the administration’s priorities with respect to cybersecurity matters.

The Honorable David Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

2:40 – 4:10 p.m.         Session I – State of the Law and Enforcement

Government entities took both proactive and reactive steps to address various cybersecurity concerns in 2017.  Particularly in Congress, data breach notification and data security issues raised alarm among lawmakers following the Equifax hack exposed in August.  However, other efforts, such as those by states and the executive branch have sought, in part, to be more proactive in countering cyber threats.  Federal and state entities addressed cybersecurity concerns through a variety of initiatives, including providing more funding for improved security measures, requiring government agencies or businesses to implement specific types of security practices, increasing penalties for computer crimes and assessing threats to critical infrastructure.  Session I will examine enacted measures to protect and strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity framework.  Further, the panel will discuss what more federal and state governments must accomplish to ensure robust protections against growing cyber threats.


John Heitmann, Co-Chair, Annual Symposium; Chair, FCBA Privacy & Data Security Committee; and Chair and Partner, Communications, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP


Megan Brown, Partner, Telecom, Media & Technology and Privacy & Cybersecurity, Wiley Rein LLP

Hayley Chang, Deputy General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security

John Marinho, Vice President, Cybersecurity & Technology, CTIA

Michael (Mick) Stawasz, Deputy Chief for Computer Crime, Criminal Division, Department of Justice

4:10 – 4:30 p.m.         Break

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.         Session II – Requirements and Best Practices for Staying Ahead of and Responding to Cyber Threats

Major cybersecurity attacks are increasingly common and sophisticated, affecting large and small organizations in the private and public sectors.  Communications companies and law firms are both particularly prized targets for cybercriminals.  The potential impact of a coordinated attack on an organization, its brand and its customer trust is significant, regardless of whether or not an attack results in data breaches or data theft.  Cybersecurity against today’s threats requires full attention and engagement across an organization, including its affiliates, suppliers/vendors, and professional companies, such as law firms, extending well beyond the realm of IT.  Session II will discuss cybersecurity prevention strategies to help mitigate communications companies and their law firms’ risks for inadvertent disclosure of confidential information in addition to identification of legal requirements and best practices to stay ahead of emerging threats.


Adrienne Fowler, Co-Chair, Annual Symposium; Co-Chair, FCBA Privacy & Data Security Committee; and Partner, Data Privacy, Security & Use, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP


Clete Johnson, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Sam Matheny, Chief Technology Officer, National Association of Broadcasters

Edward J. McAndrew, Co-Practice Leader and Partner, Privacy & Data Security, Ballard Spahr LLP

Evelyn Remaley, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Policy Analysis and Development, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Harry Wingo, Faculty Member, College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University

6:00 p.m.        Closing Remarks

John Heitmann, Co-Chair, Annual Symposium; Chair, FCBA Privacy & Data Security Committee; and Chair and Partner, Communications, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer; Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™; Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis; Lerman Senter; and Wilkinson Barker Knauer

ABA PASSPORT SPONSORS: Ballard Spahr; Butzel Long; Covington & Burling; Davis Wright Tremaine; Duane Morris; Haynes and Boone; Jackson Walker; Kelly Drye & Warren; Pepper Hamilton; Sheppard Mullin; Vinson & Elkins; Warner Norcross & Judd; and Wiley Rein

REGISTRATION: The ABA/FCBA Privacy & Data Security Symposium originates in Washington, DC, with broadcast transmissions to Arnold & Porter Offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, West Palm Beach, Houston, and Denver.  Telephone-only remote transmission will also be available for persons located outside of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.

$225 for Private Sector FCBA/ABA Forum Members

$100 for Government/Academic/Transitional FCBA/ABA Forum Members

$50 for FCBA/ABA Forum Student Members

$400 for Non-Members

Please contact S. Jenell Trigg, Lerman Senter PLLC, ABA Forum Chair of the Symposium, for more information about registration and sponsorships: or 202-416-1090.