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The Architecture of Cybersecurity: How General Counsel, Executives, and Boards of Directors Can Protect Their Information Assets

by James P. Farwell, Virginia N. Roddy, Yvonne Chalker, and Geoffrey C. Elkins


The Architecture of Cybersecurity is not a law treatise, nor does it provide a comprehensive in-depth analysis of the multiple issues that cybersecurity presents. As a guide for board members, executives, and general counsel it provides an overview of cybersecurity issues that confront companies. It defines issues, and it suggests questions to consider in creating and implementing a cybersecurity plan. In doing so, this book aims to assemble and provide the raw materials–the laws and security standards–needed to begin building an overall cybersecurity program.

The book is made up of two parts:

1. An overview of key management issues, including the Essential Protections for Your Company, the Role of Attorneys in Cybersecurity, Board and Management Duties and Responsibili- ties, Protecting Intellectual Property, Particularly Trade Secrets, Privacy and the FTC, Elements of the Information Security Plan (ISP), Protecting the Workplace, Protecting Financial Data and Navigating the Cyber Insurance Process. These define challenges and reference key authorities.

2. Appendices covering Access Control and Data Security Management, Operations Security, Protection from Malware, Logging and Monitoring, Intrusion Detection and Physical and Environmental Security.

James P. Farwell counsels clients in the areas of Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection and holds the advanced CIPP/US certication. He has advised corporate clients and the U.S. Department of Defense on the topic.

Virginia N. Roddy’s expertise includes copyright, transportation, life, health, and disability insurance, ERISA litigation, and cyber insurance.

Yvonne Chalker deals with commercial litigation, including unfair trade practices and unfair competition--matters integral to cybersecurity.

Geoffrey C. Elkins handles information security plans and cybersecurity, and corporate and securities matters.

What others are saying:

The Architecture of Cybersecurity is a must read for Government officials, C Suite Executives and Board Members.  It explains in understandable terms the roles and responsibilities of senior leaders in properly defending their company or agency in cybersecurity.”
~ General (Ret) Keith B. Alexander, former Director, U.S. National Security Agency; former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; President, IronNet Cybersecurity

“Having cyber threats on the risk register is only the first step for any prudent organisation these days. James Farwell and colleagues have provided a brisk and business-friendly guide to how cyber risks can be assessed and mitigated in the interests of shareholders and employees, and likewise how the complex legal environment around the protection of personal data can be safely navigated. Essential reading for those at the top of enterprises, and their advisers.” 
~ Professor Sir David Omand, former UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator; Director of GCHQ

“This excellent resource offers a clear understanding of the legal implications of cyber security, and provides the strategies and tools necessary to develop a realistic and effective information security program.” 
~ Maj. Gen. (Ret) John Davis, Vice President and Federal Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks; former Principal Director Cyber Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

The Architecture of Cybersecurity provides a critical blueprint for Directors and Executives to navigate the Risk-of-Loss environment facing all business organizations which have any exposure in cyber space. Written by experts in cyber security, business operations and law, this book will prove indispensible to those Directors and Executives who embrace the challenges of building a dynamic cybersecurity strategy for their organizations in which risk management and financial management are standards in the fight to contain cyber damages as much as access control, intrusion detection, and incident response.”
~ Jeffrey Starr, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Neo Prime Solutions, Inc.; former Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense

ISBN: 978-0-692-86090-8

Hardcover, with dustjacket, 228 pp., © 2017 by Sans Souci Books, an imprint of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press

Publication date: May 16, 2017




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