BLOOMBERG BNA WEBINAR EVENT: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Is It Really the Least Understood Law in the U.S. or Just in Technology?
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is the primary federal law governing computer use. Hardly a day passes without a news report that hackers have stolen credit card information or trade secrets from a Fortune 500 company. No sector is immune. The U.S. government is very concerned about these threats. FBI director Robert Mueller recently testified that hacking soon could replace terrorism as the FBI’s primary concern. The head of the U.S. military’s Cyber Command, General Keith Alexander, characterized the losses caused by cyber-theft as the “greatest transfer of wealth in history.”
In response to these increased cybersecurity threats, Congress is again considering amending the CFAA and a number of bills have been introduced that would increase the penalties for violations of the Act. Yet, despite this publicity, many outside counsel and in-house lawyers have little understanding of the CFAA and how it can be used to increase the protection of confidential information. For example, understanding the difference between “exceeding authorized access” and “unauthorized access” under the Act may be “razor thin” and may not seem like a big deal, but it may be the difference between obtaining or not obtaining federal jurisdiction.
- Better understand the current status of the CFAA
- Discover how proposed amendments could affect the law.
- Learn how using the CFAA to better protect intellectual property and confidential information.
- Find out how the CFAA is used as a basis for federal court jurisdiction.
Who would benefit most from attending this webinar:
Lawyers focused on intellectual property, employment, privacy and security as well as in-house employment or intellectual property counsel.
Program Level: Basic/Intermediate