This spring, in partnership with the George Mason University Law and Economic Center, the National Security Law Journal is excited to host Data Breach at the University: Preparing Our Networks, a Cybersecurity Tabletop Legal Exercise. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 2016; however, please note that attendance and participation in the event is by invitation only.*
With over 700 data breaches identified at educational institutions between 2005-2014, it is clear that colleges and universities are a prime target for cyber attacks. University networks serve a wide variety of user groups and house a wealth of information. According to the Ponemon Institute, the per capita cost of a university data breach is second highest only to the healthcare industry.
The scenario for this day-long tabletop focuses on a data breach at a public university that has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security on research and development. Participants include representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of Education, the Virginia Governor’s office, the MS-ISAC, and several local universities. During this tabletop exercise, we will explore the unique cyber security challenges of a university environment, interdependencies with other sectors, and the potential legal implications of a data breach.
*NOTE: Mason Law students who are interested in volunteering at the event should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.