Fox Rothschild’s Chief Privacy Officer: We See Hackers Every Day

September 24, 2015 – In The News
Bloomberg BNA

Mark G. McCreary was featured in the Bloomberg BNA article, “Fox Rothschild’s Chief Privacy Officer: We See Hackers Every Day.” Full text can be found in the September 24, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

This week, Fox Rothschild announced that Partner Mark G. McCreary has added the role of Chief Privacy Officer to his role as a member of the firm’s Corporate, Intellectual Property and Privacy and Data Security Practices.

McCreary said that he will be responsible for setting Fox’s cybersecurity policies in the new role, which he estimates will consume approximately 20 percent of his time.

Fox does not have a single chief security officer, rather, the firm uses a committee to oversee security.

“Their big concern is the technical aspects not the policy,” McCreary said. “We tell them what to do with the data. So, for instance, if we tell them we want to store emails for 90 days, they’ll figure out the most proficient way to do that. I’m the guy that comes up with what the policy should be, or who collaborates with the IT department, and looks at the policy they come up with to make sure they comply with the law and that it makes sense.”

McCreary will be spearheading the firm’s efforts to become 27001 ISO certified in his new role.

“We’re going to become ISO certified sometime next year,” he said. “The 27001 ISO certification is the certification for law firms. It tests the security and policies of law firms. In our process, they came in and told us, ‘hey you’re actually in pretty good shape, but we have suggestions for you.’”

View Mark's complete Q&A with Bloomberg BNA.