Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

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Data breaches and cybersecurity incidents have serious impacts regardless of your business size or industry. The Federal Trade Commission describes malware and ransomware as some of “the most serious online threats facing businesses.” Cyberattacks disrupt operations, threaten critical information, and cripple key systems and company files. They also compromise customer and employee information, exposing unprepared businesses to substantial liability and reputational damage.

CWM can help you establish the right legal policies and training programs to manage your cybersecurity risks and mitigate liability. We team with an established group of highly skilled cybersecurity experts that can enhance your cyber infrastructure and respond to a data breach. CWM can also help you manage a data breach by confidentially coordinating with key stake holders to retain necessary cybersecurity forensics and insurance professionals, and by preparing notifications mandated by state and federal law.


Practice Contacts
Darius K. Davenport
Practice Group Chair
(757) 623-3000
James L. Chapman, IV
Christine Ganley McMurdo
W. Ryan Snow

Cybersecurity Data Incident Hotline
(757) 802-9043
Our Services

Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Plans and Policies

Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Training and Programs

Data Incident Response Preparation

Regulatory Compliance and Reporting

Technology and IT Contract Review

Technology-related Litigation

Data Privacy Litigation


Reference Materials

NIST 800-171 | Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations

DFARS Part 252.204-7012 | Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting

HIPAA and HITECH | Implementing Patient Privacy and Security Protections

Federal Trade Commission | Protecting Small Businesses

Articles and Presentations
Darius K. Davenport, Presenter, “Cybersecurity for Public Housing Agencies,” Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials 2018 Legal and Policy Seminar (November 2018)
Darius K. Davenport and W. Ryan Snow, “Hackers and Why They Hack – and Why You Need to Know”, For the Defense, Defense Research Institute (October 2018)
Darius K. Davenport, Panelist, “Public Housing Executive Legal Case Study Panel Discussion,” HADA Seminar, Colorado Springs Marriott (September 26, 2018)
Darius K. Davenport, Presenter, “Cybersecurity Liability in the Public Sector,” HADA Seminar, Colorado Springs Marriott (September 25, 2018)
Darius K. Davenport, Panelist, “Cyberattacks: No Business is Immune”, Cox Business Executive Discussion Series (September 2018)
Darius K. Davenport, Co-presenter, “Anatomy of a Cyber Breach and Response for Maritime Lawyers and Their Clients”, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute's (SEALI) Annual Seminar  (June 2018)
Darius K. Davenport, Presenter, “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in Today’s Legal Practice”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2018 Annual Convention (March 2018)
Darius K. Davenport, “Cyber Incident Reporting and the Department of Defense”, Data and Security Dispatch, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Volume 3 Issue 2 (November 21, 2017)
Darius K. Davenport, Co-presenter, “Cybersecurity and Business Resiliency”, CWM/mode5 Presentation (2017)
Darius K. Davenport, Presenter, “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy for Law Firms”, Old Dominion Bar Association Annual Meeting (2017)
News and Updates
Hackers and Why They Hack – and Why You Need to Know
Posted on October 16, 2018
The terms "cybersecurity" and "hacking" have become ubiquitous.  Every few weeks, we hear of another major business that became the latest victim of a hacker.   Published in For the Defense, Defense Research…...
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Preparation is key to surviving inevitable cyberattack | Cybersecurity column
Posted on October 3, 2018
As Hurricane Florence loomed in the Atlantic on Sept. 11, a group of professionals gathered at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott to discuss a threat of a different sort. By Joy Vann Sep…...
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Make sure your cybersecurity team includes a breach lawyer
Posted on August 6, 2018
Imagine coming to work and being greeted by a sign on the door instructing you not to turn on your computer because your company’s network has been breached. Published in Inside…...
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Davenport Scheduled to Speak at 2018 VTLA Annual Convention
Posted on February 6, 2018
VIRGINIA TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION - 2018 ANNUAL CONVENTION Darius Davenport is one of the scheduled speakers at this year's Annual Convention which is being held in Williamsburg, Virginia from March 22…...
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Equifax Data Breach
Posted on September 12, 2017
Equifax, one of the largest credit score providers in America, announced on September 7, 2017 that it was the victim of a large-scale hack that exposed the personal information, including…...
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Target Settles 2013 Hacked Customer Data Breach For $18.5 Million
Posted on June 8, 2017
NBC News | BUSINESS MAY 24 2017, 10:49 AM ET Target agreed to pay $18.5 million to settle claims by 47 states and resolve a multi-state investigation into a massive data breach…...
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Chipotle Says Hackers Hit Most Restaurants in Data Breach
Posted on June 8, 2017
NBC News | BUSINESS MAY 27 2017, 1:29 AM ET Hackers used malware to steal customer payment data from most of Chipotle’s roughly 2,250 restaurants. The company is expected to face substantial…...
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Cyber Security and Business Resiliency
Posted on May 18, 2017
The WannaCry Ransomware Attack is the biggest coordinated cyberattack of its kind, impacting countless organizations and infecting hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 100 countries.  Once a computer…...
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