February 14, 2018

Tracey L. Mancini
Marketing Communications Manager
(716) 847-8340


Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP will host a series of monthly “Data Security Downloads” at the firm’s downtown Buffalo office located at One Canalside to help share knowledge of the ever-changing legal landscape and best practices as it relates to data security and privacy. The program is designed for in-house counsel, CISOs and CIOs, and business owners and management.

The first program in the series, titled “New Data Regulations – Answers to FAQs,” will be held on Thursday, February 15th at 8 a.m. Phillips Lytle Partner and Data Security & Privacy Team Leader Jennifer A. Beckage, Partner James Kevin Wholey, Special Counsel Mary E. Burgess and Senior Associate Brendan S. Lillis will present.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS);
  • Data Protection Regulation (GDPR);
  • New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) Cybersecurity Regulation; and
  • Top 10 Things to Do This Year for Contract and Policy Review

As the firm’s Data Security & Privacy Team Leader, Ms. Beckage leverages her technology background in responding to data breaches and cyberattacks, and advises clients about data security and privacy issues.

Before beginning her legal career, Ms. Beckage was an owner of a technology company. She successfully helped lead the company through an acquisition to a publicly traded company in which she was retained in a management role overseeing operations of an e-services line of products in 11 states.

Mr. Wholey has broad experience at the intersection of federal government, national security and international business. His specific focus is on the legislative, policy and compliance issues involved in international investment, trade and business development. Through his federal government relations and operations practice, he assists clients with transnational compliance matters (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, EAR, ITAR, export licensing and involvement with various sanctions regimes), and works frequently with the Administration and Capitol Hill.

Ms. Burgess advises business units on legal issues regarding data security, cyber breaches, regulatory compliance and corporate governance. She focuses her practice in the energy and telecommunications sectors, and has extensive experience handling regulatory proceedings and investigations of issues related to telecommunications network reliability and security before the New York Public Service Commission.

Mr. Lillis concentrates his practice in all areas of intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on patent preparation and prosecution and opinion work in the software, mobile applications, and electronic arts.

The next program, titled “Addressing Government Investigations in Data Security & Privacy Matters and Crisis Situations,” will be held on Thursday, March 15th.

For ongoing updates and guidance, please visit Phillips Lytle’s Data Security & Privacy Blog.

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