Looking Back on the Breach: Fundamentals of Preserving Privilege of Forensic Analyses in the Wake of a Data Breach

Questions of privilege and work-product protection routinely arise in post-breach litigation, especially concerning forensic consultants’ analyses. Plaintiffs target these materials in discovery because they often provide a roadmap to the attack and include details regarding the victim business’s defenses and internal steps taken in response to a breach. Since these issues began to surface in post-breach litigation, courts have grappled with them and reached varying results. In this guest article, Patterson Belknap partner Alejandro H. Cruz and associate Elana M. Stern analyze the case law, offering five themes that have emerged and providing best practices that may help maximize the protection afforded to post-breach forensic analyses in follow-on litigation. See “Steps to Protect Privilege for Data Breach Forensic Reports” (Jan. 27, 2021).

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