3 Liability Risks from Security Breaches

July 15, 2020
Liability Risks from Security Breaches

Liability Risks from Security Breaches

Organizations that are breached are in an unusual position as both the victim of a crime and as a responsible party for the damages caused by the hacker. The legal exposure rises from the fact that either a regulator or a private litigant (or both) want to hold your company responsible for the crime that it suffered.  In short, the corporate victim of the breach is often the one who bears the consequences of the damage.

Here are the three most common areas of corporate liability risks from security breaches. 

1. Reasonable Security

The basis for this case is that you had a duty to have reasonable security in place to protect information. The argument is that your organization did not meet the duty to have reasonable security, which is a claim that is made most frequently.  


2. Misleading Customers

The second area of liability comes from the allegation that you misled your customers about what your organization was doing from a security perspective. The idea here is that liability comes not from what you did, but rather what you said you would do from an information security perspective. So the compromise in security constitutes a breach of the contract between your company and its customers.


3. Delayed Notification

The third risk area comes from not notifying your customers about the breach that occurred as fast as you could have or should have. 


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