Angelo A. Stio III, a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of Pepper Hamilton and a member of the firm’s Privacy, Security and Data Protection group, is quoted in the October 3, 2014 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal in the article "Universities Help Drive Need for Data-Security Advice."
"Every organization is subject to data security, but there are difficulties that are unique to higher education," said Angelo Stio of Pepper Hamilton's Princeton, N.J., office, adding that there have been a "lot of calls" from higher -ed clients and "a lot of work" for legal advisers.
"I think it could be the next big data breach we could see, if universities don't take proper steps," according to Stio, a partner in the Philadelphia-based firm's privacy, security and data protection group who works with higher ed clients in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. "This will be a very fruitful area for attorneys."
Stio said universities, in developing a data-security plan, must be able to identify risks, know how to protect against them, be able to detect and respond to them, and have a recovery plan that restores capabilities.
Cybersecurity education isn't limited to students. Stio has been working with universities for many years, but six years ago, when cybersecurity questions began mounting, he started course work with the International Association of Privacy Professionals, he said.
"There is a big market for these services if you get up to date and educated," Stio said. "There are attorneys trying to start to redefine their careers and move into this area."