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Benefit Plans Under Cyber Attack: How To Minimize Serious Threats To Sensitive Data

Webinar: ID# 1023896
Recorded On-Demand
About This Course:
It’s not a question of if but a question of when a company’s benefit plan will be hacked.

The Department of Labor’s Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans’ November 2016 report, “Cybersecurity Consideration for Benefit Plans,” warns that while cyber threats can’t be eliminated, they can be managed.

Every party involved in administering benefit plans and corresponding data needs to prepare so they can respond and recover once a “cyber event” happens.

Don’t wait for a cybersecurity breach to figure out how catastrophic an attack could be, leaving some of the most personal details of your employees’ lives, from their social security numbers to their finances to their health information, up for grabs with cyber hackers.

Join us for a webinar on what companies can do to minimize the impact of cyber security threats to their benefit plans, a segment that’s often left out of companies’ cyber security planning for regular business activities. Our presenters, both skilled attorneys, will explain the threats facing benefit plan management and the steps to protect and defend employees and companies.

You’ll learn:
  • What your company’s benefit plan-related cyber security responsibilities should be
  • How the Employee Retirement Income Security Act applies to this important issue
  • Top forms of cyber risks to benefit plan participants, including identity theft and breaches of privacy
  • How to identify your organization’s biggest areas of benefit plan vulnerability
  • How to work with your benefit plan vendors to develop a smart cyber strategy
  • Pointers for conducting a cyber risk assessment of your benefits plans
  • Essential questions you need answers to—so you can ensure that plan data is being managed effectively and safely
  • How to analyze the top threats against your benefit plan and develop a strategy to counteract them
  • The key first steps to take if you detect a breach, and how to most effectively mitigate the situation
  • Long-range planning for ensuring that you’re up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity benefits practices
  • Best practices for documenting your preparation efforts, and emergency plans
About Your Presenters:

Melissa Dials, Esq.
Of Counsel
Fisher & Phillips LLP

Melissa Dials’ practice is multifaceted. She counsels employers on issues relating to data protection and privacy laws, responding to security breaches, workplace surveillance, social media policies, and the protection of trade secrets and other proprietary information. She also counsels employers on a wide variety of day-to-day employment and labor issues, including wage and hour law, employee leave issues, reasonable accommodations, workplace harassment, immigration, and reductions-in-force. She assists employers in developing pro-active employee relations programs, including developing employee handbooks and conducting supervisory training. She also defends employers responding to charges before administrative agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Ms. Dials was Corporate Counsel and Compliance & Ethics Officer for a global, publicly traded company. In this role, she developed significant experience advising management on complex international employment and compliance matters. Accordingly, her unique perspective helps businesses “connect the dots” between their Human Resources and Compliance functions.

Jeff Smith, Esq.
Fisher & Phillips LLP

Jeff Smith is a partner in the Cleveland office and a member of the firm's Employee Benefits Practice Group. He works with clients to create, implement and maintain their retirement and health plans. He also advises employers on the impact of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) and Voluntary Employer Beneficiary Associations (VEBAs). He has been selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star three times. He was also listed in Best Lawyers in 2017.
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