Partner Event: May 10 | 1-4 p.m. | Pomerene Hall, OSU campus
Ohio's New Cybersecurity Law:
What Will it Mean for Business and for Data Protection?

Presented by the Ohio State Moritz College of Law Program on Data and Governance
with generous support from Microsoft


The Ohio Legislature recently passed an innovative cybersecurity law that provides an important opportunity for companies doing business in the state. The Ohio Data Protection Act (ODPA) (S.B. 220) grants an affirmative defense against data breach tort claims to those businesses that bring their cybersecurity frameworks up to an industry standard. Other states’ cybersecurity laws focus on requirements or penalties. The Ohio statute uses an affirmative defense to incentivize companies to improve their cybersecurity practices.

There are many open questions about this first-of-its-kind law: Are the industry standards it identifies sufficiently protective? Will the new affirmative defense actually convince companies to enhance their cybersecurity programs? How can businesses qualify for the affirmative defense? How will the ODPA affect data breach tort litigation in the state?

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Program on Data and Governance and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection recently published an in-depth analysis of the ODPA. They are hosting an event at which expert legal practitioners and cybersecurity professionals—including some of the architects of the legislation—will explore the history and components of the ODPA, how businesses can obtain the affirmative defense, and the Act’s practical and policy implications.


June 5: Lean Leaders Benchmarking
'Sustaining Your Continuous Improvement Team'

Host Site: Huntington Bank Operations Center (Columbs, OH) | 9:30am - 2pm

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A dedicated continuous improvement team often is the heart and soul of companies’ efforts to sustain a culture of operational excellence. But many companies take different approaches, whether it’s how much (or how little) they centralize teams, how many Black Belts they staff, or how much training they keep in-house. Some challenges, though, form a common thread: How can organizations keep these high-value problem solvers engaged, prevent burn-out, and offer appropriate paths for professional development?

COE’s next Lean Leaders Benchmarking event on Wednesday, June 5, focuses on challenges and opportunities around continuous improvement teams and is hosted by member company Huntington Bank. At this event, set in Huntington’s new operations center – an innovatively revamped former Meijer store on Columbus’ north side – learn about the Columbus-based company’s continuous improvement journey and its plans for “phase 3.0.” In the discussion, Huntington leaders will touch specifically on how it’s growing and developing continuous improvement team members and leaders.

Following a tour of the space, the second part of the session will feature several lean leaders from COE member companies engaging in an interactive panel discussion and open Q&A on best practices, lessons learned, and current challenges in this area.

Session capacity initially is limited to one attendee per member company, so please talk to your company's principal COE contact. Additional attendees can be added to a waitlist and admitted, space permitted. 

E-mail COE staff to register

June 25: IT Leadership Network | Executive Gemba
Host: Nationwide | 9am-12:30pm
Topic | Beyond Agile: How Lean, Agile, and DevOps Combine 

In this session, hosted at COE member Nationwide's downtown Columbus headquarters, take a deep dive into one of Nationwide’s technology areas that has moved beyond agile software development and lean management to create an end-to-end model focused on business outcomes and customer value. We’ll trace this system from the frontline through the c-suite and discover the value of direct business integration and elimination of proxies.

This session is open to senior-level leaders in the I.T. space at their organizations and, as such, will be limited in attendance.

Registration opens early May

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