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Eran Kahana Interviewed in Twin Cities Business Magazine Article on Sophisticated Hackers

March 13, 2017

Eran Kahana, a technology and intellectual property attorney at Maslon, is interviewed in a March 2017 Twin Cities Business magazine article titled, "Foiling Sophisticated Hackers." The article states, "Cyber ne'er-do-wells prey upon employees' gullibility, good nature and inattention to worm their way into companies’ computers, whether to steal data or stage a cyber-stickup." It then discusses new defenses and employee training that "help companies battle serious cybersecurity threats."

The article states that, "Since January 2015, there has been a 1,300-percent increase in actual and attempted losses from business email compromise scams." The article details a few ways in which companies are guarding themselves against such losses, such as hiring outside consultants to conduct defense testing, implementing new detection tools, and beefing up information security policies as both a management tool and a training tool.

"You're reducing liability because people are more knowledgeable about what not to do," Eran explains. "You're also reducing your liability because your insurer has less of an opportunity to say that you're not complying with what your information security policy says that you're doing."

Because many of the breaches happen as a result of human error, Eran states, "One answer to the people factor is training, and lots of it." He adds, "If you're doing it once a year, you are not paying sufficient attention to your cybersecurity discipline. People should always be talking about it. The more it's in front of employees, the more they can become sensitive to how important it is."

To read the full article, go to: Twin Cities Business, "Foiling Sophisticated Hackers."

Eran is a technology and intellectual property attorney with extensive experience advising clients in domestic and international settings. His practice focuses on cyber security, patent, trademark, and copyright law. Eran also advises clients on a variety of e-commerce, licensing, joint development, and consulting in diverse industries. Eran serves as general counsel and on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter of InfraGard, a nonprofit partnership between the FBI and the private sector dedicated to the protection of critical infrastructure. In addition, he is a Research Fellow at Stanford Law School, where he writes and lectures on the legal aspects of using artificial intelligence.


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