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Cybersecurity Myths Debunked

Security incidents, loss of customer data, exposure of confidential corporate assets, demands of ransom, and similar stories are becoming daily headlines with the impacts being felt across a wide variety of industries. We hear it every day. One need not go looking in the history books for examples of significant and costly breaches of sensitive … Continue reading this entry

Is Outdated Information on Your Website Putting Your Company At Risk?

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With all of the attention given to upgrading cybersecurity, it can be easy to forget that outdated content on a company’s website also can be a source of risk. Nearly all company websites include information regarding the company and its products. These are representations that the company is making to the world and, in some … Continue reading this entry

#FTCcrackdown: What Brands Need to Know about Using Influencers to Advertise their Products

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Social media influencers have become one of the most effective channels for companies to reach and engage with their target market online. So far in 2017, marketers have spent over $1 billion to have influencers post Instagram photos marketing their products. Last year, marketers spent $576 million. Because of the increased popularity with this new … Continue reading this entry

17 Measures Manufacturing Companies Should Consider to Reduce the Risk of Cyber-Intrusions

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Computers are integral throughout the manufacturing process. At every step in the supply chain, there are computers collecting and acting on thousands of data points. As a result, cybersecurity has become a vital consideration throughout the manufacturing industry. Whether it’s protecting data and privacy in the increasingly connected products being manufactured, or replacing vulnerable legacy … Continue reading this entry

Navigating Connected Cars in 2017: Data Protection

It’s a fact: today’s marketplace has given connected cars the green light. As an OEM or supplier accelerating to create products to meet industry demand, what challenges can you anticipate in 2017? Here is the second installment (following up our post on IP Protection) describing where we believe your attention should be focused during the … Continue reading this entry

Expect IoT to Continue Redefining Customer Experience in 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely discussed as a revolutionary movement that will continue to have a pervasive impact on our personal and professional lives. But, as is the case with most technological advances that make life more convenient, there are some considerations that must be understood and appreciated by manufacturers as a result … Continue reading this entry

Enjoy Your Labor Day!

The Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes you a safe and happy holiday weekend. We’ll be back to our regular posting soon. Thanks for your continued support of our blog!  … Continue reading this entry

$3 Million Spoliation Sanction Despite Company’s Litigation Hold

Manufacturers involved in litigation must properly preserve electronically-stored information (“ESI”) or potentially face daunting sanctions. A recent antitrust case, however, demonstrates that lessons—multi-million dollar lessons—remain to be learned about how to satisfy the duty to preserve evidence. The Delaware federal court clearly delivered this message by imposing a $3 million sanction, plus associated fees and … Continue reading this entry

Cybersecurity Issues in Focus at Upcoming HNBA Conference

The Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) will gather for its annual corporate counsel conference on March 17, 2016 in Las Vegas, where presentations and discussion will focus on technology and cybersecurity issues that have the potential to significantly impact manufacturers in 2016 and beyond. The theme of the HNBA conference is “Embracing Technology,” and is further confirmation … Continue reading this entry

Top Trends to Watch for in 2016

Cybersecurity Manufacturers continued to face challenges and find opportunities related to cybersecurity in 2015, and those trends can only be expected to intensify in 2016. New laws and new threats (discussed in more detail here and here) have either incentivized or required manufacturers to evaluate their cybersecurity strengths and weaknesses, then capitalize on the former and … Continue reading this entry

Happy Thanksgiving from the Manufacturing Industry Advisor Team

During this week of Thanksgiving, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes to thank all of you for reading, contributing to, and sharing our blog. Since this is a busy time of year for everyone, some of you might have missed a post or two over the last few weeks. For your convenience, linked below are some of our most recent and popular posts. … Continue reading this entry

We’re All About Sharing Cyber Information: The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center

Amidst the maelstrom of unceasing cyber attacks and intrusions, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC or Center) assumes a front-and-center role as the government command and communication center. As a part of the Department of Homeland Security (the Department), the NCCIC is charged with sharing information about cybersecurity intrusions, incidents, risks, and analysis … Continue reading this entry

Needed Now: Experienced and Talented Cybersecurity Professionals to Protect Government Data Systems

The announcement on June 4th of a massive cybersecurity attack that compromised data stored on Office of Personnel Management (OPM) systems for 4.2 million current and former federal employees is the most recent head-smacking report of how porous the government’s cyber defense systems apparently are. It is also another searing reminder of how vulnerable United … Continue reading this entry

Top Three Cybersecurity Misconceptions

Cybersecurity is an issue that should be top-of-mind for all manufacturers. But there are three misconceptions about cybersecurity that can put companies in all industries at significant risk. In this short video, Foley Partner Michael Overly discusses these misconceptions and how companies should change their views of and approaches to cybersecurity.… Continue reading this entry

Congressional Action Supports Improvement of Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure and Beyond

None of us in the United States – no family or individual, no industry or business, and no government agency – is immune from the potential devastation that cyber-attacks can wreak. No particular reminder is needed. Each day, our nation’s economic and national security must guard against attack or threat of cowardly villainy at home … Continue reading this entry

A New Cyber World Framework to Strengthen Agency Information Security

Manufacturers, defense suppliers and other federal contractors may benefit from a new cybersecurity law intended to safeguard agency information and help bolster defenses to future cyber threats. The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA II or the Act) recently was enacted to update its 2002 model by adapting to current-era cyber realities. It … Continue reading this entry

IoT – Designing Privacy and Security Into Devices

A few weeks ago, the FTC released a report on the Internet of Things (IoT) which provides critical guidance for all companies and presents valuable information for manufacturers on designing privacy and security into their devices. This year, there are estimated to be over 25 billion connected devices – or items with sensors that communicate … Continue reading this entry

The Government's Strategy to Combat the "Cyber Arms Race"

In the midst of ongoing, escalating and increasingly troublesome reports of large-scale corporate cyber breaches, the federal government is trying to fight back more forcefully with a dual strategy to shore up agency capability and exchange information with industry in a “shared mission.” Recently, it added five newly enacted cybersecurity laws to its arsenal – … Continue reading this entry

From Carjacking to Carhacking – Lessons for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and perhaps the first place we will see the proverbial rubber hit the road is with something near and dear to Americans – our cars. The ever increasing connectivity of cars is creating a multitude of new security concerns and legal issues. The security concerns that arise from … Continue reading this entry

2014: An Exciting and Challenging Time for American Manufacturing

2014, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor’s inaugural year, marked an exciting but challenging time for American manufacturers. In our final blog post for the year, we will highlight some of the trends and developments we noted in 2014, with links to our earlier observations. Here, at Foley & Lardner, we aim to do more than monitor … Continue reading this entry

Happy Thanksgiving from the Manufacturing Industry Advisor Team

During this week of Thanksgiving, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes to thank all of you for reading, contributing to, and sharing our blog. Since this is a busy time of year for everyone, some of you might have missed a post or two over the last few weeks. For your convenience, linked below are some of our most recent and popular posts. … Continue reading this entry

Recognizing Leaders in Manufacturing

This month we salute two organizations for raising the profile of leaders in the manufacturing industry. First is the Manufacturing Institute for presenting the 2015 STEP Awards. We encourage readers to nominate a peer or colleague for this prestigious national award. The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership at all levels … Continue reading this entry

Bring Your Own Device Doesn't Mean Bring in Security Breach

Bring-Your-Own-Device (“BYOD”) policies have been picking up steam because of increased productivity, improved communications, and the need for employees to work remotely. However, when implementing any BYOD policy there are many pitfalls that accompany these benefits. In some cases, corporations, including manufacturers, overlook risks associated with their current (or lack of) BYOD policies. Here are … Continue reading this entry

Advanced Manufacturing Requires Next-Generation Employees

Last week, Scott Kaspar addressed the “skills gap” that concerns high-tech manufacturers with state-side production facilities. But manufacturers need employees with more than mere technical skills. Workers should be able to solve problems, respond to change, work in teams, and innovate. To find employees with these “Next-Generation Dimensions,” run-of-the-mill recruiting techniques— including stacks of resumes … Continue reading this entry