When a data breach is discovered by a company, it is often the responsibility of the company’s in-house counsel to swiftly assess the breach and provide an initial report to company management. There are several steps that in-house counsel should follow if faced with a breach to allow for an adequate assessment that company management can use. As noted by Reed Smith partner Bill Cook in “The GC’s 30-Minute Breach Drill,” well-prepared in-house counsel should be able to compile this report in approximately 30 minutes. While the residual effects of a data breach can last for years, it is crucial that a company’s initial response is fast and effective.

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