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Sherrie L. Farrell Authors Article for Metropolitan Corporate Counsel about the Role of General Counsel When It Comes to Cybersecurity

September 25, 2014

Sherrie L. Farrell, Office Managing Member for Dykema's Detroit office, leader of the firm’s Cybersecurity group, and Chair of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, authored the article—“GCs As Firewalls: Three Familiar Roles That Place General Counsel Squarely At The Cybersecurity Table”—that appears in the September 2014 issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, a monthly publication viewed by nearly 20,000 top-tier executives (chief legal officers, general counsel) in the law departments of major U.S. companies.

In the article, Farrell uses the analogy that GCs act as firewalls in that a firewall is part of the perimeter defense of a network. It fails its essential function if it analyzes incoming data after entry. She highlights that the evolving role of GCs has positioned them at the apex of an organization’s preparation and response to legal and business risks.

Farrell goes on to examine three common areas of GC responsibility—enterprise risk management, legal advisor across organizational lines and top legal defender of the organization—to demonstrate why GCs are invaluable participants in the development and implementation of a proactive cybersecurity strategy.

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