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Tips for Protecting Your Company Against Cyberattacks

Cybersecurity has become, as it should, an extremely important topic on company boards’ agendas. The main question on everyone’s mind is: “How can we eliminate this problem?” The answer, unfortunately, is that you can’t. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated, and their knowledge evolves with every new technology. As discussed by a panel of experts at … Continue reading this entry

Five Questions for Early-Stage Companies Looking to Protect Their IP

Throughout previous Emerging Company Exchange posts, we’ve discussed the importance of intellectual property (IP) for technology companies.  For medical device companies, regulatory guidelines present challenges that should be considered when developing an intellectual property strategy. Learn more about five common intellectual property quandaries facing early-stage medical device companies in our recent article on Medical Design … Continue reading this entry

Three Trending Topics in IoT: Privacy, Security, and Fog Computing

Cisco has estimated that there will be 50 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to the Internet by the year 2020. IoT has been a buzzword over the past couple of years. However, the buzz surrounding IoT in the year 2015 has IoT enthusiasts particularly excited. This year, IoT has taken center stage at … Continue reading this entry

Mark Your Calendars: 2015 FOLEYTech Summit

Join us on October 1, 2015 as we explore how the evolution of technology has transformed business and altered the investing landscape. Our 11th annual FOLEYTech Summit will bring together tech entrepreneurs, executives, managers, investors and advisers.… Continue reading this entry

Top Three Cybersecurity Misconceptions

Cybersecurity is an issue that should be top-of-mind for all companies. But there are three misconceptions about cybersecurity that can put companies at significant risk. In this video, Foley Partner Michael Overly discusses these misconceptions and how companies should change their views of and approaches to cybersecurity.… Continue reading this entry

Taking Control of Cybersecurity: What Emerging Companies Need to Know

Security breaches have become all too common, and cyberattacks are not limited to the assaults on big companies that are reported in the news. With the global economic cost of cybercrime totaling more than $400 billion per year, cybersecurity has become a priority for executives and board members. Companies of all sizes across all industries should be … Continue reading this entry

IoT – It’s All About the Data, Right?

A few weeks ago, the FTC released a report on the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to “things” such as devices or sensors – other than computers, smartphones, or tablets – that connect, communicate or transmit information with or between each other through the Internet. This year, there are estimated to be over 25 … Continue reading this entry

Regulatory Challenges Facing the mHealth Industry

Innovations in health care technology have created unique challenges for developers and investment companies. Among others, changing FDA guidelines, data security, and reimbursement are all substantial issues facing the rapidly evolving mobile health (mHealth) industry. At the 2014 FOLEYTech Summit, Foley special counsel Monica Chmielewski assembled a panel of industry leaders – Mary Modahl, Chief … Continue reading this entry

Key Questions to Ask When Preparing a Data Breach Response Plan (Part II)

Following up on last week’s post, we return to the wide range of questions about a company’s operations that can guide a team building a data breach response plan to cover many of the risks encountered in the wake of a breach. Who are the key stakeholders? Many parts of an organization may be impacted – … Continue reading this entry

Key Questions to Ask When Preparing a Data Breach Response Plan (Part I)

As many companies have learned first-hand, data breaches and security incidents can arise at any time, and when they do, they can quickly consume an organization. Although companies often don’t get advance warning before a data breach occurs, you can better equip your organization to respond to the myriad of issues arising in the wake … Continue reading this entry

The Supply Side of Health Care IT: Notes from the Experts

As discussed in prior blog posts, on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Foley & Lardner LLP hosted the ninth annual FoleyTech Summit in Boston. One of the morning breakout sessions at FoleyTech featured a panel discussion of leading health care IT investors. The panel was moderated by Christopher Donovan, a partner in Foley’s Health Care Practice Group … Continue reading this entry

Before You Enter an IT Contract, Plan Your Exit Strategy

It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the most important steps you should take before engaging a technology services provider is to prepare a plan for exiting the relationship. Why? A thoughtful IT exit strategy developed before contracting with a vendor is not only a best practice for protecting against the risk of a failed … Continue reading this entry

Changing Healthcare Landscape: What to Anticipate

The ninth annual FOLEYTech Summit included panel discussions to address the issues and challenges facing technology companies today in Health Care, Big Data, and Next-Generation Manufacturing. The conference featured perspectives from the investor and company sides of the equation. At the Demand Side of Health Care IT session, Foley & Lardner Partner Alan Einhorn moderated … Continue reading this entry

Are You Ready For California’s “Do Not Track” Requirements?

Over the last several months, California has passed several new privacy and data protection laws that impact operators of websites, online services and mobile applications around the country, including a law establishing an “Internet Eraser” for minors, and changes to the state’s data breach notification requirements. The latest bill, which amends the California Online Privacy … Continue reading this entry

Envision the Future: Today's Approach to Tomorrow's Solutions

Earlier this week, Foley hosted over 240 attendees in Boston at our 9th annual FOLEYTech Summit,  titled Envision the Future: Today’s Approach to Tomorrow’s Solutions. The Summit focused on how collectively entrepreneurs, private equity investors, venture capitalists, attorneys, accountants, board members and community resources can successfully grow technology companies, specifically in the Health Care IT, … Continue reading this entry