Upcoming WPL Publishing Webinar to Focus on Information Security for Construction Professionals

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The interactive webinar, entitled “Information Security for Construction Professionals in a World of WikiLeaks, Google and Twitter,” is suited for construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, public and private owners, owners’ representatives, architects, and other design professionals.

In less than two weeks, WPL Publishing will sponsor a webinar to help construction professionals protect their sensitive information during an era of ubiquitous social networking.

In the age of Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Wiki-Leaks, the need for companies to protect their trade secrets and confidential information has never been greater. The pace of the technology, and the equally rapid adoption of it, has left businesses and courts scrambling to keep up. In the Internet age, the ease of widespread dissemination of public records can raise the stakes even higher. Design professionals and contractors are not immune from the risks posed by the ease with which previously confidential information can be released and go “viral.” The 90-minute webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), will discuss the risks companies may face and the strategies they can take to address the new transparency. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/7ucfe4o.
In addressing webinar attendees, a pair of experts from the Seattle-based law firm Lane Powell PC will do the following:

  • Explain how social media providers’ emerging privacy policies can pose risks for users.
  • Review recent court decisions on disclosure of social media postings in litigation.
  • Outline strategies for managing social media in the workplace for protection of trade secrets and confidential information.
  • Discuss contracting strategies for protecting proprietary and confidential information.

Addressing webinar attendees will be Grant Degginger, chair of Lane Powell’s Construction and Environmental Practice Group, and Mike Nesteroff, who chairs the company’s Sustainability and Climate Change Team.

Mr. Degginger’s practice focuses on environmental, construction, and commercial disputes. He has handled complex matters involving environmental damage, natural resource damage, health sciences research, public- and private-sector construction, municipal governance issues, class actions, and insurance-coverage disputes.

In his 22 years at Lane Powell, Mr. Nesteroff has handled numerous environmental litigation and claims involving hazardous site investigations, cleanups, and cost recovery involving sites in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. He obtained a several-million-dollar cost-recovery judgment on behalf of a firm client and a defense verdict in another cost-recovery case. In addition to his active environmental law emphasis, his practice also encompasses real-estate litigation and general commercial disputes.

Following their presentations, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/7ucfe4o.
WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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