Cloud Computing Presents Legal and Data Security Challenges

(May 5, 2011) Over 1,000 attorneys gather at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio on May 4-6, 2011 for the Ohio State Bar Association Annual Meeting. Computer science expert Matthew Curtin discusses how to prevent and mitigate data breaches at the Corporate Counsel Section seminar Cloud Computing: Navigating The Legal Fog.

Columbus, OH—Over 1,000 attorneys gather at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio on May 4-6, 2011 for the Ohio State Bar Association Annual Meeting. Computer science expert witness Matthew Curtin is invited to speak at the Corporate Counsel Section seminar Cloud Computing: Navigating The Legal Fog. Karen Hockstad, Esq. of Shumaker Loop & Kendrick moderates the discussion between panelists Alan Wernick, Esq. of FSB FisherBroyles, LLP, and Curtin, Founder, Interhack Corporation. 

“Understanding two truths can help us to be successful in our use of computers, including cloud services: computer systems fail and people make mistakes.” —C. Matthew Curtin, Founder, Interhack Corp.

Cloud computing is an integral part of the evolving IT strategy in businesses today and presents many legal/business risks and opportunities. This seminar examines some of the legal, ethical, and technical implications of cloud computing. 

After laying a foundation as to the nature of cloud computing, the panel will discuss some of the key advantages and legal issues confronting users of the cloud computing model. Alan Wernick speaks to key contract provisions in cloud computing contracts and how to handle legal compliance in the cloud. Matt Curtin covers how to be prepared to respond to incidents and how to mitigate the damage when they do occur. Based on Interhack's data breach research, Curtin can even show how different industries are most likely to lose data. 

Matt Curtin is the Founder of Interhack Corporation—a computer experts firm—and a Lecturer in the Ohio State University's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. A technologist from childhood, Curtin has been applying his expertise in the science of computing to legal matters for over a decade, appearing as an expert witness in matters like the Pharmatrak Privacy Litigation in which the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals relied on his opinion to define was is considered protected “content” on the Web under ECPA. 

For more than two decades, Alan Wernick has practiced law in the areas of information technology and intellectual property. He has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court and is a contributor to Chicago Lawyer and National Law Journal

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About Interhack

Interhack aids executives and attorneys facing challenges and opportunities involving the use of information.  We perform security and privacy assessments, as well as services to work with data in legal proceedings.  Our work is used to find the right questions to ask and the best answers science can provide.  Based in Columbus, Ohio, Interhack supports clients all over North America.  Additional information about Interhack is available at