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Robert Strayer, the State Department’s top cybersecurity diplomat
Huawei’s Deputy Chairman Ken Hu
We have written about the difficulty in-house lawyers sometimes have communicating effectively with their colleagues on the tech side. In April we feature interviews with two tech leaders who offer practical advice on how they have managed to overcome this obstacle. But each also talked about a related issue that has not received adequate attention. 
     Unlike most legal terminology, some important words in cybersecurity’s lexicon have not been clearly and universally defined. Even the word “breach” can have multiple meanings and is not understood in the same way by lawyers and security practitioners. Cybersecurity seems to need its own “terms of art” to help teams of colleagues from different disciplines speak the same language. ​ READ
David Hechler, Editor-in-Chief
She didn’t have the usual background or aspirations, but somehow that didn’t stop her.
She followed a most unusual path to tech stardom in cybersecurity. She had no formal training when she broke in. But she became a major player at IBM and the CEO of a startup that was just acquired by Comcast. In spite of—or maybe because of—her background, this English major has a lot to say about how security organizations need to talk to the lawyers. And she urges both sides to get busy trying to develop a lingua franca, because right now they can’t even agree on the definition of a breach. READ
A report released by a U.S. Senate committee helped identify cybersecurity lessons that other companies should learn.
By David Hechler
An awful lot has been written about the Equifax data breach over the past year. Can there be anything more to say? How about recommendations that executives should follow to avoid finding themselves in the same predicament, which cost many Equifax leaders their jobs?  READ
A chief security officer discusses the importance of communicating with the lawyers and establishing terms of art for cybersecurity.
She went to college thinking that she wanted to be a lawyer. But law students struck her as “cutthroat,” so she switched to computer science. Now she’s chief security officer at a company that makes the software for Ford’s autonomous vehicles, and communicating with the lawyers is an important part of the job. But security isn’t just the safety of data; it can also be a matter of life and death. READ
Failing to do so is asking for trouble, and it can arrive in the guise of a coffee maker.
By Asha Muldro
Are your office machines spying on you? Can your copy machine cause your stock price to crash? In the IoT world, these are suddenly serious questions. Without proper protocols, the smart devices all over the workplace are invitations for mayhem. If you do not have a comprehensive policy in place to mitigate the risks, you could be courting disaster. READ