Claudia Rast

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Claudia Rast is a shareholder in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office, where she chairs the firm’s IP, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology Group. Her areas of practice focus on domestic and international privacy and data protection, cross‐border data transfers, the integrity of critical infrastructure, data breach response, cybersecurity standards addressing autonomous and connected vehicles, and technology licensing and protection.

Rast’s privacy and data protection practice reaches back over 25 years, and she recently concluded a “mega” breach response, defined by the Ponemon Group as one involving over 1 million affected individuals. In addition to her legal practice, she is a frequent author on issues of data privacy and security. Rast has been a longtime member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and was Chair of that Section in 2008‐2009. In August 2020, Rast received an ABA Presidential appointment to a three‐year term to co‐chair the ABA’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force—a task force on which she has served both as a liaison member and member‐at‐large since 2013. As part of that Task Force, Rast co‐authored a chapter of the ABA’s Cybersecurity Handbook (2nd ed. 2018), 3rd edition planned for 2021, and co‐authored the soon to be published Vendor Cybersecurity Checklist.

Her current project is a book entitled Cyber Incident Response Handbook due to be published by the ABA in 2021.

Rast received her B.S. from the University of Michigan, majoring in Natural Resources, and her J.D. from University of Detroit School of Law, where she was the editor‐in‐chief of the law review and later clerked for the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams.

Presentation Abstract

Cybersecurity Roadmap: Navigating the Current Threat Environment

It’s hard to overemphasize the importance of maintaining robust privacy and data security measures. Not only are hackers becoming more sophisticated in their offensive weaponry, but with 1 in 4 Americans continuing to work from home through 2021, this increases the “threat landscape” that businesses must protect and defend. I will discuss the new and evolving cybersecurity threats that are both present today and that we expect in the coming year and what tools and practices are available to minimize these threats.