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Data security experts team up with new data breach response website

27 October 2009

Law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse has teamed up with RSA, the security division of technology provider, EMC and consultancy KPMG to launch a new website aimed at providing companies that have suffered a data breach with access to a range of expert help. Data security breaches are becoming increasingly commonplace and expose companies to regulatory investigations, prosecution, fines and potential compensation claims as well as negative publicity and lost clients. An increasingly unforgiving regulatory environment at a national and European level means that data breaches need to be taken seriously with affected companies requiring a range of help from legal and technology expertise to public relations advice.

The Breach Action website brings together experts from law, technology and consultancy. It is a vehicle that gives companies speedy access to trusted, market leading organisations with the right credentials to advise on the handling of a data breach incident, its aftermath and potential consequences. The site’s contact form is the beginning of a seven-step process which culminates in the execution of a joint plan of action formulated by all of the relevant advisers.

Leading data security lawyer, Stewart Room is a partner in the Privacy and Information Group at Field Fisher Waterhouse and came up with the idea for the site, bringing in data security expertise from market leaders RSA Security and KPMG. He is also in discussion with several further service providers regarding the provision of other important services including credit reference and public relations agencies.

Stewart Room said: “The last couple of years has seen a flurry of high profile data breaches and data security is an increasing concern for both public and private sector organisations. Regulation is becoming more stringent and penalties are getting tougher so companies should be tightening up data handling and security policies. The Breach Action website was devised to provide speedy access to relevant experts should the worst happen. By offering this holistic service we hope that companies suffering a data breach will be able to minimise the impact of the breach and its consequences.”

Field Fisher Waterhouse’s Privacy & Information Law Group is the largest data protection practice in the UK concentrating solely on data protection issues. Led by partner Eduardo Ustaran, the 13 lawyer group advises a range of leading businesses including well known retailers, media clients and public sector bodies. Stewart Room is also President of the National Association of Data Protection Officers and his new book ‘Data Security Law and Practice’ will be published in November.

For further press information or if you would be interested in reviewing the book please contact:
Louise Eckersley, PR Manager, on +44(0)20 7861 4120.