Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

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CWM’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice provides a full suite of services to manage the complete life cycle of business data.  Data breaches and incidents disrupt operations, threaten critical business information, cripple key systems, compromise customer and employee personal data, 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, comply with fair information privacy practices and mitigate liability. We serve businesses of all sizes, state and municipal entities, government contractors and emerging technology companies.

CWM can also help you manage a data incident 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. We also provide cybersecurity and data privacy c-suite consulting, employee training, privacy design consulting and privacy policy review.

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 



IBM Security Study Results

The Cost of Mitigating a Data Breach

3 Easy Steps to Mitigate Effects of Cyber Attacks

Assessing Employee Security Knowledge
Primary 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

Darius K. Davenport and James L. Chapman, “Mitigating the Cost of Data Breach”, Data and Security Dispatch, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Volume 4 Issue 2 (October 04, 2018)

Future of Law Practice 2019 Report of The Virginia State Bar’s Special Committee on the Future of Law Practice, Darius K. Davenport, contributing author, Chapter 2.8. 

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, “Make sure your cybersecurity team includes a breach lawyer”, Expert Column, Inside Business Journal, (August 3, 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)



Seminars and Presentations

Darius K. Davenport, Presenter, “Cyber Crime”, Virginia Cyber Alliance Professional Workshop Series, Old Dominion University (June 21, 2019)

Darius K. Davenport, Co-presenter, Gone Phishing: Cybersecurity for Local Governments, Local Government Attorney Association 2019 Spring Conference (April 4, 2019)

Darius K. Davenport, Co-presenter, Cyber-Ethics: How Not to Let Your Computer Get You Disbarred, Twenty-First Annual Bench/Bar Conference, Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association (April 1, 2019)

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, 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, 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)



Websites and Other Resources

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

News and Updates
Vigilance against cybercrime especially important in Hampton Roads | Cybersecurity column
Posted on July 8, 2019
Cybercrime isn't just a national security issue — it can affect business resiliency in Hampton Roads, a cyber expert told attendees of the Virginia Cyber Alliance's most recent workshop. More than…...
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Data Breach Lawyers: A View from the Trenches
Posted on May 30, 2019
Darius Davenport discusses how he helps his clients deal with cybersecurity concerns and privacy matters.  …...
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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, Darius Davenport joined a group of professionals gathered at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott to discuss a threat of a different…...
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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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