Five “Cyber Hygiene” Tips for Businesses and Individuals


By Thomas Ritter At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last year, a security company set up several public Wi-Fi hotspots around Quicken Loans Arena to see exactly how people behaved online. Thousands of users accessed these Wi-Fi hotspots; more than two-thirds had their identities exposed, 10 percent shopped on Amazon or another site and 1 percent accessed banking records. The company did not keep any of the records. But imagine if a hacker did this. This test proved the need for good information security, whether for your business or for you as an individual. As an attorney specializing in information security, I counsel companies and individuals on what I call “Cyber Hygiene” — best practices to protect your data and your privacy. Below, I have listed five cyber hygiene tips for both businesses and individuals. Five “Cyber Hygiene” Tips for Businesses Businesses are primarily concerned with protecting data they […]

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Thompson Burton’s New Cyber Security Practice


By Thomas Ritter Here are two words that should scare any business: business interruption. The thought of losing control of your business for a day or a week is enough to keep any executive awake at night. Business interruption is almost a guarantee when a company experiences a data breach or other cybersecurity problem. Every interruption comes with significant mitigation costs, including hiring experts to alleviate problems, lost productivity, the threat of lawsuits and much more. Helping businesses, especially smaller businesses, manage their cybersecurity risks is why I have started a dedicated cybersecurity practice at Thompson Burton. The practice includes three primary services: Understanding the confusing patchwork of regulatory requirements Drafting and reviewing security policies Providing legal counsel when a problem occurs The first two services fall under what I would call “preventative medicine.” For any business in possession of sensitive customer information and data, preparation is instrumental to prevention. […]

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Thompson Burton Named Finalist for NBJ “Best in Business”


I’m proud to share that Thompson Burton has been named a finalist for the 2017 Nashville Business Journal’s “Best in Business” awards. The firm is one of seven finalists in the category for businesses with 1-25 employees. The NBJ determined the finalists after taking nominations from the public and having a judging panel of past winners choose finalists based on profitability, community involvement and other metrics. I want to congratulate the other finalists. It’s wonderful to be in the company of many great Middle Tennessee businesses. Thompson Burton is also proud to be the only law firm among the 29 finalists in all categories. Walt and I shared a common vision for a different type of law firm when we founded Thompson Burton five years ago. This recognition reinforces that the firm is doing the right things. Most importantly, I want to recognize the entire Thompson Burton team. Everyone has […]

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TB Profile: Cathy Speers Johnson


When did you know you wanted to be an attorney? I thought I wanted to be a school teacher. Then, my smart mom, who was a fabulous, dedicated school teacher, said, “Honey, why don’t you go to law school?” So I did.  My mom was discouraged about the pay for teachers for the hard work that they do. In law school, I gravitated toward family law. I have a huge love for children and a desire to protect them. Being a divorce attorney, I do a lot of direct and indirect child advocacy.  I guide my clients to think about how their actions and statements in the midst of their divorce can help or hurt their kids. I have loved my career. In my type of work, much of what I do is counseling people going through very difficult situations. I like being able to help them navigate through the tough […]

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Things I Am Grateful For This Year


Fortunately for Thompson Burton, the end of 2016 was hectic. Many of our attorneys were working on year-end deals and cases with our clients. Now that I’ve had a little time to reflect, I wanted to share a few thoughts about the firm and why I’m grateful for where the firm is at this time. Client Trust Client trust is the lifeblood of any law firm. Every day, we help our clients make important – and sometimes difficult — decisions that affect their companies’ bottom lines. Clients have to trust that Thompson Burton attorneys have their interests at heart. Likewise, they have to trust us with sensitive information so that we can make the best possible recommendations. Finally, they have to trust that we will provide the right legal advice given the situation and not just what the client wants to hear. Service to Our Community Kevin Thompson recently wrote […]

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