Ohio Data Protection Act: Rewarding Proactive Cybersecurity Strategies Webinar On-Demand

A law that went into effect on November 2, 2018 could transform the way Ohio organizations are handling cybersecurity.

The Data Protection Act (Senate Bill 220), a CyberOhio initiative, provides an affirmative defense against data breach tort claims brought under Ohio Law or in Ohio Courts to organizations that have implemented and maintained a cybersecurity program that conforms to one of several specific framework(s).

During this webinar Greg Tapocsi, Associate of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl and former Director of CyberOhio, Timothy M. Opsitnick, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, TCDI, and Brian Ray, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, will discuss:

  • The significance of creating an incentive for organizations to voluntarily improve and maintain a robust cybersecurity program.
  • Which cybersecurity frameworks are eligible for the Data Protection Act;
  • Additional requirements organizations must adhere to in order to be granted an affirmative defense; and
  • What protections are provided by an affirmative defense from a legal perspective.

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For more information, please contact Katie Niemi at 216.664.1100 or k_niemi@tcdi.com.

Meet the Panelists

Greg Tapocsi is Associate of Counsel at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, former Director of Governor DeWine’s CyberOhio initiative.  Launched in September 2016 while Governor DeWine was Ohio’s Attorney General, the goal of CyberOhio is to create a technical, legal, and collaborative cybersecurity environment to help Ohio’s businesses thrive.  Now a part of the Department of Administrative Service’s Office of Information Technology, CyberOhio continues to help businesses in this State fight back against data security threats.  Through CyberOhio, Tapocsi performed cybersecurity outreach throughout Ohio, legal analysis of laws and their application to the current cyber landscape, assists in workforce development for the cybersecurity field, and participates in introducing legislation to improve the legal cybersecurity environment.

Prior to his work with CyberOhio, Greg served as assistant county prosecutor performing adult felony trial work in both Seneca and Delaware counties.  Greg also worked as enforcement attorney for the State Medical Board of Ohio where he prosecuted licensees for violations of Ohio’s Medical Practice Act.  Greg is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee and Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law.

Timothy M. Opsitnick is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. (“TCDI”).  Tim is at the forefront of practitioners addressing issues involved in the security and discovery of electronically stored information.  He has conducted numerous continuing legal education seminars regarding electronic discovery, cybersecurity, and other technology issues.  In addition, he has served as a court appointed Special Master and as an expert witness.  His clients include United States and international law firms and companies.

Tim was with the law firm of Jones Day from 1986 until 2000, where he was a member of the Litigation and Product Liability sections.  His practice concentrated on the management of complex, multi district litigation.  Tim founded JURINNOV Ltd. (“JURINNOV”) in 2000.  JURINNOV was acquired by TCDI in 2016, expanding their services to include data privacy, cybersecurity, and computer forensics.

Professor Brian Ray has extensive experience in information governance, cybersecurity and data privacy. He co-founded and directs the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection and edits the Center-sponsored SSRN Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and eDiscovery eJournal.

Brian’s research focuses on security and privacy regulation, national and international jurisdiction over data, and data governance, collection and use policies at the municipal, county and state levels. In 2016 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine appointed Brian to the CyberOhio Advisory Board. He was selected to participate in the Yale University Cyber Leaders Forum in 2017, and SC Magazine named him one of three Outstanding Cybersecurity Educator in the 2017 Reboot Leadership Awards.

Learn more about the Ohio Data Protection Act

Read the written testimonies provided by Timothy M. Opsitnick on behalf of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, among other organizations.

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