Cyber risk driving more people to seek cyber legal advice

St. Louis attorney says IT & cloud contracts among top questions

Megan Lynch
November 11, 2019 - 7:00 am

St. Louis, MO (KMOX) - An increasing number of cyber security breaches now boosting demand for cyber-related legal advice.

At Evans & Dixon in downtown St. Louis, Senior Attorney Ben Fletcher tells KMOX he fields a lot of questions from businesses about outsourced IT and cloud services.

Fletcher says one challenge for companies is the fact that many cloud service providers have standard service agreements that are not negotiable, "if it's limited the vendors liability in the event of a problem, that business owner can be left as the only culpable party in the event of a dispute over a data breach or if there's been some loss of information from one of the business' customers that might be based upon that platform."

In that case, Fletcher says he advises clients to explore options for cyber security insurance, to have a local backup for their data, and to limit what information they might store with a cloud provider.

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