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Understanding Cyber Threats to State and Other Governmental Entities

Cybercriminals have targeted state and local governmental entities at an alarming rate. The threat and scale of cyber-attacks is unprecedented. Bracewell lawyers Phil BezansonEd Fierro and David Springer will host a webinar to highlight the risks that cyber-attacks pose to state and local governmental entities by analyzing examples of attacks on certain municipalities in the United States. We will discuss how cyber-attacks impact budgets, financings, credit ratings, public trust and the functioning of critical infrastructure. Also, we will address how to prepare for and reduce the risk of a cyber-attack if – or when – it happens.

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About this Author

Philip Bezanson, white collar criminal defense, securities, attorney, Bracewell
Managing Partner, Seattle

Philip J. Bezanson's practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, securities enforcement and regulatory matters.

Mr. Bezanson is a member of the Bracewell & Giuliani LLP team that has represented corporate and individual clients in recent high-profile and complex cases, including the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the George Washington Bridge lane closure and General Motors ignition switch investigations, "Pay to Play" cases in New York, New Mexico and Illinois, the stock options backdating cases, and a variety...

Senior Counsel

Ed Fierro serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel and purchaser’s counsel in a spectrum of public finance transactions. He also counsels municipal issuers, obligated persons and regulated entities on legal, regulatory and policy issues. Ed provides clients with a comprehensive understanding of the application of federal securities laws when analyzing regulatory, compliance and enforcement issues.

Previously, Ed served as senior counsel to the director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Municipal Securities. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating the SEC’s municipal securities activities and administering the rules pertaining to the municipal securities market. While at the SEC, Ed was instrumental in executing the SEC’s short-term fixed income market structure initiatives, implementing the municipal advisor regulatory regime, reviewing examination findings and enforcement actions, and proposing amendments to Rule 15c2-12.

David Springer Energy and finance lawyer Bracewell

David Springer serves as counsel to companies and financial institutions that are seeking resolution to their business disputes. He represents clients in diverse matters including securities litigation, class action lawsuits, complex commercial disputes, and government investigations.

Before joining Bracewell, David was a law clerk to Justice Jeff Brown of the Supreme Court of Texas. In law school, he was a member of the Texas Law Review editorial board. Prior to practicing law, David had a career in counterterrorism and intelligence, having served in various...