The Privacy and Data Security practice at Ballard Spahr has been ranked among the nation's strongest, according to a recent survey of general counsel and top legal decision-makers at the largest U.S. companies.

The firm was named to the Honor Roll of Cybersecurity Law Firms in BTI Law Firms Best at Cybersecurity 2017, an independent report issued by BTI Consulting. The results are based on more than 300 in-depth telephone interviews with general counsel and top legal officers at companies and organizations with at least $1 billion in annual revenue and averaging nearly $14 billion. Respondents span industry sectors—from banking and financial services to health care, insurance, manufacturing, retail, and telecommunications. Survey responses were confidential to ensure candid assessments.

"Given the high-profile data breaches that have occurred in recent years, it's no surprise that the threat of cyber incidents is keeping corporate counsel awake at night," said Philip N. Yannella, co-practice leader of Ballard Spahr's Privacy and Data Security Group. "We are particularly gratified that this recognition comes from in-house legal officers. They are at the center of our efforts to prevent and respond to cyberattacks—and the ones in the crosshairs if a company is unprepared."

Cybersecurity and data privacy issues are the single greatest concern for in-house counsel and practices dedicated to addressing them are the fastest-growing area of legal demand, BTI reports. Top legal officers and corporate boards are looking for practical advice on how to avoid problems, including those emanating from supply chain and customer channels. They also seek counsel on compliance with emerging and evolving laws and regulations, the development of incident response policies and plans, cybersecurity-related insurance matters, and the management of investigations and litigation arising from cyber incidents.

Ballard Spahr's cross-disciplinary cybersecurity team—nearly 50 attorneys across the country—works with clients on all aspects of information risk management. Its lawyers counsel on day-to-day operations, transactions, vendor management, cross-border transfer, regulatory compliance, incident response planning, investigations, and litigation.

"We have the resources and experience to understand each client's business, help them assess risk, and design and implement effective solutions," said Edward J. McAndrew, a former federal cybercrime prosecutor and co-leader of the firm's Privacy and Data Security practice. "We stay on the cutting edge of the rapidly shifting cyberthreat landscape and provide a steady hand in responding to cyber incidents ranging from a lost device to a nation-state attack."

Ballard Spahr's own information security program meets the highest industry standards and continually evolves to address new threats and technologies. The firm adheres to stringent standards of conduct when transmitting and hosting sensitive client information and uses best-in-breed technology to keep data secure and assure continuity of service in the event of a cyber incident, natural disaster, or other disruption.