Phillips Lytle welcomes new Chief Information Security Officer

Phillips Lytle - Partner Anna Mercado Clark

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Phillips Lytle has announced the appointment of Partner Anna Mercado Clark as the firm’s first internal Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

In addition to this new role, Clark is the first co-leader of the technology industry team and serves as Phillips Lytle’s data privacy and cybersecurity practice team leader, e-discovery practice team leader and cryptocurrency and blockchain practice team co-leader.

“I am excited to collaborate with the firm’s stakeholders, service providers and internal team to foster a culture of security awareness and to implement forward-thinking strategies to continue providing exceptional service to our clients,” Clark said.

Security policies

Phillips Lytle says that as the firm’s CISO, Clark manages the development and oversight of various aspects of the firm’s security policies and programs.

She regularly liaises with Phillips Lytle attorneys, personnel, clients and vendors to develop risk mitigation strategies in light of evolving regulations and to anticipate emerging issues, including AI, cloud computing and others.

In the 12 years that Clark has been at Phillips Lytle, she has expanded the company’s data privacy and cybersecurity and e-discovery practices by leveraging the latest technology, including AI.

Clark will counsel the firm on digital asset management and data governance issues to address business needs while minimizing risks and complying with a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.

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