Partner quoted in ‘Bloomberg’ on Uber cyber chief conviction
BCLP Partner Renato Mariotti was quoted Oct. 11 by Bloomberg concerning the criminal conviction of former Uber security officer Joseph Sullivan for concealing a data breach, which is a high-profile reminder to corporate executives of their roles—and potential liability—in company security practices. “The Justice Department has made a calculation that they will ultimately empower certain C-suite executives to demand more resources and attention paid to compliance if they hold those executives responsible,” said Renato, a former federal prosecutor. After the hackers demanded $100,000 to not release the data, Sullivan treated them under the company’s bug bounty program, intended to reward white hat hackers who help identify security vulnerabilities, according to prosecutors. That was a misstep, Renato noted, because bug bounty programs should not be treated as a vehicle to covertly resolve hostile cyber attacks. “While bug bounty programs are a tool that numerous companies have used in the face of increasing threats from wrongdoers, juries may react skeptically to those programs, and so companies should reconsider their potential civil and or criminal liability that could come from their connection and participation with those programs,” he said.
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