Close Menu
X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Online privacy concept Credit: sdecoret/Shutterstock.com

It was just an exercise, but not everyone knew that. Janine McKelvey, General Counsel Group Data Governance, Privacy and Ethics Officer at British Telecommunications (BT), recalls a tabletop drill at a previous employer involving a security breach. People started “to communicate wildly with everyone,” recalls McKelvey, often by mass emails, including to third-party vendors. Privilege and confidentiality issues went out the window. “We had to tell people it was only an exercise,” she recalls. Lessons were learned, pre-pandemic, about who was in charge of communications, and how those communications should be delivered. “The lawyer has to be the police officer on the beat,” she said, making sure lines of responsibility are clear.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not a drill. McKelvey and her co-panelist, Caroline Jan, General Counsel at Essensys, were speaking on a panel Thursday on “Data Security and Privacy During Disruption: How to Lead Your Organization Through the Storm,” part of the ALM two-day Women, Influence & Power in Law U.K. virtual event. The speakers emphasized that the pandemic’s lessons will last long after the world has been vaccinated.While it is difficult to anticipate a hack, or any emergency, communications were and will remain key during any crisis, noted Heather Nevitt, editor-in-chief of Corporate Counsel and Global Leaders in Law, who moderated the discussion. Who is on the comms task force? Who’s in charge of overall crisis management? Lawyers had better be the voice of reason in the room, the panelists agreed. Nevitt said, “Before the pandemic, in-house counsel were expected to be agile. But now the pandemic has tested that agility as never before.”

Wendy Leibowitz

Dig Deeper

 
Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.

More From ALM

Premium Subscription

With this subscription you will receive unlimited access to high quality, online, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry. This is perfect for attorneys licensed in multiple jurisdictions or for attorneys that have fulfilled their CLE requirement but need to access resourceful information for their practice areas.
View Now

Team Accounts

Our Team Account subscription service is for legal teams of four or more attorneys. Each attorney is granted unlimited access to high quality, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry along with administrative access to easily manage CLE for the entire team.
View Now

Bundle Subscriptions

Gain access to some of the most knowledgeable and experienced attorneys with our 2 bundle options! Our Compliance bundles are curated by CLE Counselors and include current legal topics and challenges within the industry. Our second option allows you to build your bundle and strategically select the content that pertains to your needs. Both options are priced the same.
View Now

Legalweek(year) 2021

February 02, 2021 - July 14, 2021
Virtual

Legalweek(year) will bring together thousands of legal professionals for a series of 5 innovative virtual legal events.


Register

General Counsel Conference Midwest: SuperConference 2021

July 26, 2021 - July 27, 2021
Chicago, IL

GCC Midwest addresses today's legal issues facing companies by providing general counsel with insight and best practices.


Register

General Counsel Summit (GCS) 2021

September 07, 2021 - September 08, 2021
Sydney

General Counsel Summit is the premier event for in-house counsel, hosting esteemed legal minds from all sectors of the economy.


Register

Sum Arbitrators

New York, New York, United States

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) is the designated organization administering the New York State Insurance Program (NYSI) for the ...


Apply Now ›

MATRIMONIAL PARALEGAL

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Solo practitioner in Bay Ridge is seeking a paralegal with matrimonial experience, to draft pleadings, oversee discovery, file documents, an...


Apply Now ›

Medical Malpractice Attorney-Manhattan

New York, New York, United States

McAloon & Friedman, P.C. is currently seeking an associate with minimum of 3 years medical malpractice experience. The candidate must curre...


Apply Now ›

FULTON COUNTY JUVENILE COURT

05/12/2021
DR Web

NOTICE OF RECRUITMENT COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEY - JUVENILE COURT


View Announcement ›

MINTZ & GOLD LLP

05/12/2021
NYLJ Web

IN MEMORIAM - The lawyers of Mintz & Gold LLP mourn the loss of our friend and partner Kevin W. Goering


View Announcement ›

KOLSBY GORDON

05/04/2021
TLI Web

Kolsby, Gordon, Robin & Shore, P.C. Announce with great sadness the loss of our beloved founding partner, a renowned trial lawyer, community leader and distinguished professor.


View Announcement ›

Subscribe to Corporate Counsel

Don't miss the crucial news and insights you need to make informed legal decisions. Join Corporate Counsel now!

Unlimited access to Corporate Counsel
Access to additional free ALM publications
1 free article* across the ALM subscription network every 30 days
Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications
Join Corporate Counsel

Already have an account? Sign In