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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

Experts advise caution on IT security issues tied to personal devices

     Sterling Heights, Mich. – Crime and information security statistics indicate that a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds and that 80 percent of the cost victims pay as a result of lost personal electronic devices is tied to data breaches.

     Kathy Ossian, founder and CEO of Ossian Law, and Bob Breitman, president of information technology services company ITTW, invite business leaders to learn about the myriad legal issues tied to relying on personal electronic devices in the workplace during the Macomb-OU INCubator's next Lunch and Launch event on Thursday, Oct. 17.

     In "BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): How Personal Devices Put Your Organization at Risk," Ossian and Breitman will discuss the practice of allowing employees and contractors to use laptops, smart phones, home computers and tablets to conduct business. They will argue that regardless of whether an organization allows full-time employees or contractors to use such devices, a workable policy needs to be in place.

     Ossian's law firm focuses exclusively on information technology law. Prior to starting the practice, she was a senior principal at Miller Canfield, where she headed up the firm's Information Technology & Cyberlaw Section. Ossian has almost 30 years of legal experience and over 16 years of information technology law expertise. She is an advanced certified faculty member at the University of Phoenix and a long-time Best Lawyer in America and Michigan Super Lawyer in information technology law.

     Breitman has over 35 years of business management and IT experience, including being the CIO of a $3.5 billion company that paid him to be paranoid. He is regularly asked to speak to national audiences on IT issues and cloud computing, and is the Cloud Track instructor for SPC International's Business Boot Camps.

     This free lecture, set from noon to 1 p.m. at the Macomb-OU INCubator, will include a question and answer period. Coffee and dessert will be served, though guests are asked to bring their own lunch.

     Those interested in attending the lecture are asked to register in advance by contacting Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or e-mailing to

     The Macomb-OU INCubator provides comprehensive development and support to startup and emerging businesses with a focus on the defense, homeland security, advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. For more information, visit the incubator website at

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     The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator provides entrepreneurial resources, business solutions, and access to student interns and proactive support to businesses at every stage, in an effort to help start-ups on their path to success. The INCubator's goal is to create jobs and advance the development of businesses with obtaining necessary financing for growth, business strategy, consultation, access to appropriate rental space, shared business services, and equipment and technology support services in the areas of defense, homeland security and advanced manufacturing.

     Oakland University is a doctoral, research-intensive university located in Oakland County, Michigan. The university has 139 bachelor's degree programs and 127 graduate degree and certificate programs. Dedicated to delivering a distinctive undergraduate experience that is complemented by the strength of its graduate offerings and research accomplishments, Oakland University is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Nursing and The Honors College. Visit Oakland University on the Web at