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Physical and Cyber Security Threats to Communications, Energy and Utilities Infrastructure: 2021 Update for Legal Advisors

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 91 minutes
Recorded Date: April 07, 2021
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  • Understand “lessons learned” for legal advisors from recent physical threats and cyber to physical threats to communications, energy and utilities infrastructure.
  • Analyze recent Executive Orders directed at supply chain infrastructure issues for the communications, energy and utilities industries and understand whether the communications and energy industry should anticipate additional EOs
  • Identify litigation risk associated with security threats to communications, energy and utilities infrastructure at high level to encourage further infrastructure owner specific discussion and advice.
  • Identify basic framework for legal disclosure issues related to security threats to communications, energy and utilities infrastructure.
Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes
Recorded: April 7, 2021


The panel of experts will discuss recent Executive Orders directed at supply chains for both the energy industry's bulk power system and the communications industry. In addition, the discussion will identify legal issues arising from recent incidents of single points of failure affecting communications and energy infrastructure.

This program provides an opportunity for: attorneys advising communications, energy and utilities infrastructure owner clients on infrastructure security legal issues; attorneys interested in representing communications, energy and utility clients infrastructure security legal issues; and those who want to learn more on legal issues related to infrastructure security.

This program was recorded on April 7th, 2021.

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American Bar Association
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Noelle J. Coates

Senior Counsel
American Electric Power

Noelle Coates is the Senior Counsel at American Electric Power.

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Kevin W. Jones

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Kevin’s practice focuses on regulatory and market design matters for electric sector clients.

Kevin’s practice focuses on the electric sector, with an emphasis on competitive wholesale markets. Kevin has served as counsel to independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs), electric utilities, independent power producers, project developers, energy service companies (ESCOs), and government entities on the design and operation of wholesale electricity markets, the development of energy infrastructure, and related commercial relationships and transactions.

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David B. Springer

Information Security & Privacy Counsel

David is the Information Security & Privacy Counsel at Dropbox, where he leads their response to security and privacy incidents, including complying with breach notification laws and engagement with regulators worldwide, and coordinate a global program to promote user trust and manage incidents that impact user and employee data.

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David S. Turetsky

Professor of Practice,
The College of Emergency Preparedness Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albanay, SUNY

David Turetsky brings more than 35 years of experience, including senior roles in business, government and law. Immediately before joining UAlbany, he was based in Washington D.C., where he co-led the cybersecurity, privacy and data protection practice at global law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. In addition, he served as a member of the American Bar Association's Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, co-leads the privacy and security working group of the Information Sharing and Analysis Organization Standards Organization created pursuant to an executive order issued by President Obama, and was co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association's Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security Committee.

Turetsky served as a senior leader at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), for most of his tenure as chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, where he led cybersecurity policy for the FCC, including its public-private efforts and its engagement in Obama interagency cybersecurity work led by the White House and other agencies. He also led the FCC’s efforts regarding emergency communications and related emergency preparedness and homeland security issues, working closely with stakeholders and other government agencies, and oversaw the FCC’s continuity of operations program. He served briefly as deputy chief of the FCC’s International Bureau.

In business, Turetsky served as a senior officer of a telecommunications services start-up that he helped to grow and bring public; and twice served as Management Trustee, while in private law practice, appointed by federal courts on the recommendation of the Bush Department of Justice (DoJ), to manage all aspects of mobile wireless service businesses in a total of 20 mostly rural markets under merger consent decrees until those businesses were divested. He led or co-led the antitrust practice of another global law firm for seven years and has more than 20 years of experience in major law firms, mostly as a partner, in Washington D.C., and in New York City. In the Clinton Administration, Turetsky served as a deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust in the DoJ, with special responsibility for competition enforcement and policy issues affecting regulated industries, in the U.S. and abroad. This included a senior leadership role for the DoJ in working with the White House and Congress in the development, passage and implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Turetsky has a J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law, studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has a B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College.

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