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Data Security and Vendor Agreements: The Chain is Only as Strong as the Weakest Link, Association of Corporate Counsel

November 24, 2015
David F. Katz

In a December 2015 article in the Association of Corporate Counsel’s ACC Docket, Dana Atchison, assistant general counsel for Entergy Services, Inc., and David F. Katz, a partner and leader of the Privacy and Information Security Practice at Nelson Mullins, discuss how a well-developed vendor management program is a critical component to an organization’s risk management program. In the wake of a growing number of data breaches, a vendor management program can reduce the dangers created by third parties who may not be equipped to guard confidential information. The authors write, “Reasonable steps to protect data should include a comprehensive vendor management program that incorporates thorough data security assessments in advance of contract negotiations.”

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