February Meetup: Laws & Legal Trends for Project Managers

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Have you ever considered the legal implications of the work you are performing? In today’s world, everyone who touches a keyboard runs a risk of violating a myriad of federal or state laws regarding security and privacy. Further, technologists and project managers are called upon to follow requirements documents, oversee technology functions (e.g., testing), sign contracts, and are exposed to intellectual property—often without knowing the legal implications (and potential liability) to themselves and their employers. This talk with be an overview of relative laws and legal trends that project managers need to know focusing on cybersecurity, contracts, and intellectual property protection.

Speaker Bio:
Paula S. deWitte, J.D., Ph.D,. P.E., is an Associate Professor of Practice in Computer Science and Engineering and the Interim Director of the Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center at Texas A&M University. She is a licensed attorney (Texas) and a registered patent attorney (USPTO). She holds a Bachelors and Masters from Purdue University where in 2015 she was honored as the Distinguished Alumna in the Department of Mathematics, School of Science.
She obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University (1989) and a law degree from St. Mary’s University (2008). She holds a patent on drilling fluids optimization [US Patent US[masked] B1] and has a patent pending through the European Patent Office (currently under USPTO review) on incident response to a cyber attack in industrial control environments. Her legal specialties (when she has time to practice is in technology contracts and intellectual property protection). She is a member of the editorial advisory board for Computers & Security (Elsevier), the oldest journal for cybersecurity in the United States. Prior to joining Texas A&M, she founded several technology businesses and was an Adjunct Professor in the College of Technology at the University of Houston.

Additional Info:
The Brazos Valley Project Managers group (BVPM) is a venue of the PMI Houston Chapter. Our meetings are free & open to everyone and cover a wide range of topics such as leadership, communications, and organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM