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In early 2021, the MSBA formed the Cybersecurity Task Force to evaluate opportunities for expansion in the area of cybersecurity. The task force is led by a dynamic and diverse group of attorneys: 

  • Co-Chair Matthew Esworthy (Partner, Bowie & Jensen, LLC)
  • Co-Chair Spencer S. Pollock (Partner, Cybersecurity Practice Lead Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP) 
  • Co-Chair Kam Williams (Member, Pessin Katz Law, P.A.) 

As set forth in its mission statement, the Task Force’s goal is to address issues affecting how lawyers safeguard their practices and their clients’ confidential information and intellectual property in the event of a cyber attack. In carrying out its mission, the Task Force will identify cyber-related concerns that require action from the MSBA, educate members of the bar on cybersecurity risks and ethical issues that arise in the cyber arena, analyze cybersecurity proposals from executive and legislative branches, and facilitate collaboration and conversations pertaining to cybersecurity among MSBA entities. 

Going forward, the Task Force’s hopes to identify section and committee liaisons to identify specific cybersecurity issues impacting their groups, develop the framework of content creation as it relates to the general attorney population as well as practice specific content, and develop a cybersecurity landing page on MSBA’s website for members to access resources and updates and connect with the cybersecurity leaders. The Task Force also intends to produce freestanding webinars, longer form publications and treatises, articles, and other content pertaining to cybersecurity. 

For inquiries about cybersecurity please reach out to cybersecurity@msba.org.