Nick Merker is a partner and co-chair of Ice Miller’s Data Security and Privacy Practice. His experience is unique, as he is only one of a handful of DSP lawyers in the country who can say that they’ve worked as a computer systems, network and security engineer for 10 years before practicing law. Nick’s forte is being able to quickly judge a room at a client site and determining which hat to wear - lawyer, technologist, or some combination thereof. Nick’s technology background gives him the unique ability to bridge the gap between lawyers and technologists, often times translating between the two disparate disciplines to resolve legal issues. He strives to provide practical advice to clients that they can go implement immediately rather than generate long-winded academic answers to basic legal questions.

Clients seek Nick’s counsel in all areas where data security and privacy are an issue, including PCI-DSS, the HIPAA Security Rule, online privacy statements, vendor contract issues, the EU General Data Protection Regulation, anti-SPAM issues, regulatory enforcement, privacy due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, privacy audits (i.e. GAPP), and data security standards and audits (i.e. NERC, SSAE 16, etc.).

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Nick also strives to educate others on trending privacy issues. He is Faculty at the International Association of Privacy Professionals where he leads privacy training across the globe to executives, engineers, lawyers and managers.

Nick teaches a Data Security and Privacy Law course at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University, and is a frequent author and speaker on privacy issues at conferences and in multiple publications.

Learn more about Nick on his LinkedIn page at www.linkedin.com/in/nickmerker
 

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2017
  • "Information Security in Contracting," IoT Tech Expo North America, November 29, 2017 - Santa Clara, CA 
  • “The Rules of the Road: State and Local Government Considerations for Autonomous Vehicle Initiatives,” Illinois Technology Association 2017 IOT Summit, October 18, 2017 – Chicago, IL
  • “Be My Wingman Any Day – Why Legal and the ISO need to fly together!” ISSA International Conference, October 11, 2017 – San Diego, CA
  • “GDPR is Effective May 2018: If you operate in Europe and don’t know that acronym, you probably should attend this session,” October 10, 2017 – San Diego, CA
  • “Information Security in Contracting,” DRI Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Seminar, September 7, 2017 – Chicago, IL
  • “Information Security in Contracting,” 2017 CASE Risk Management Seminar, Time-Tested Techniques for Managing Your Firm’s Risk, Chicago, IL – August 3-4, 2017
  • “Preventing, Insuring, and Surviving Fund Transfer Fraud,” Windy City Summit, Chicago, IL – May 24, 2017
  • “Use Case Panel: Security & Privacy – Working Together Towards a Trustworthy Internet of Things,” IoT World, Santa Clara, CA – May 18, 2017
  • CIPT Training, IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2017 - May 15-16, 2017
  • “Information Security in Contracting,” Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC), Denver, CO - May 10, 2017
  • CIPT Training, Global Privacy Summit 2017 - April 17-18, 2017
  • “IoT Legal Risks,” CEDIA Webinar – March 30, 2017
2016
  • Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Webinar:  “Watching Your Back: A Look at Cyber Security and Local Government,” December 6, 2016 
  • “Cyber-Crime,” The Ag Data Conference, Iowa City, IA - December 1, 2016
  • “Cyber-Crime,” IWLA Legal Symposium, Chicago, IL - November 3 & 4, 2016
  • “No Single Answer: Balancing Cybersecurity Insurance and a Strong Security Program” O’Reilly Security Conference, New York, NY - November 2, 2016
  • "Legal Perspective on IoT Security,” Blockhain360 & IoT Security Summit, Boston, MA – October 17-19, 2016
  • “Cyber-Crime,” Cleveland Office CLE, Cleveland, OH - October 13, 2016
  • “InfraGard First Cyber Security Summit,” Cyber Insurance - Indianapolis, IN - October 12, 2016
  • “How to Survive Fund Transfer Fraud,” RSM Cybersecurity Forum, Deerfield, IL - October 11, 2016
  • “Privacy - Security - Risk,” CIPT Training, San Diego, CA - September 14-15, 2016
  • “HIPAA Audit Prep: Lessons from OCR Enforcement,” webinar, Indianapolis, IN - August 31, 2016
  • “The Internet of Things: The Information Ecosystem of the Future - And Its Issues,” ISSA International Web Conference - August 23, 2016
  • “The Rise of Cybercrime: A Legal Perspective,” Central Indiana ISSA May Meeting: Indianapolis, IN - May 12, 2016
  • “IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium,” CIPT Training, Toronto, Canada - May 9-10, 2016
  • “Global Privacy Summit,” CIPT Training, Washington, D.C. - April 3-4, 2016
  • “The 21st Century Imperative:  Cybersecurity,” Butler University, Indianapolis, IN - February 26, 2016
2015
  • Cybersecurity Risk Management Financial Leadership Forum - December 7, 2015
  • “The New Business Threat:  Cyber-Crime,” Ice Miller CLE Forum for In-House Counsel, Columbus, OH - December 1, 2015
  • Indiana Hospital Association Annual Meeting:  Secure Your Data and Your Money: “Preventing, Insuring and Surviving Cyber Attacks and Fund Transfer Fraud,” Indianapolis, IN - November 12, 2015
  • Information Systems Security Association's (ISSA) 2015 International Conference: “Preventing, Insuring and Surviving Fund Transfer Fraud,” Chicago, IL - October 12, 2015
  • IAPP Privacy Academy and CSA Congress, Las Vegas, NV – September 29 - October 1, 2015
  • 2015 CACR Cybersecurity Summit: “Preventing, Insuring and Surviving Fund Transfer Fraud,” Indianapolis, IN - September 15, 2015
  • Big Data Roundtable: “Business/Economic Process,” at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, IL - May 29, 2015
  • IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium, May 27-29, 2015 – Toronto, Canada
  • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - April 30, 2015
  • “Protect Data:  Learn How to Prepare for, Prevent, and Address a Data Breach”, Indianapolis, IN - April 22, 2015
  • “Data Breach: What You Need to Know” - March 24, 2015
  • “Prepare for the Inevitable: The Impact of a Data Breach on Your Business,” Lisle, IL - March 12, 2015
  • IAPP Public Privacy Training at Twitter Headquarters, San Francisco, CA - February 2015
  • “Data Breach Costs,” WPO/YPO University Day, Indianapolis, IN - January 27, 2015
2014
  • “The Anatomy of a Data Breach,” Ice Miller CLE Forum for In-House Counsel, Columbus, Ohio - December 4, 2014
  • “Cybersecurity: The New Business Priority” Ice Miller Indiana Compliance Officers Roundtable and CLE, Indianapolis, IN – November 13, 2014
  • “Practical Implications of a Data Breach,” International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) KnowledgeNet, Indianapolis, IN - November 12, 2014
2013
  • ExactTarget Connections 2013
2012
  • IndyBar CLE: Recent Developments in Cyber Security and Data Protection Law in U.S. and Europe - 10/16/2012
  • ICLEF IP Symposium – 2012
  • ExactTarget Connections 2012
  • Indiana Association for Community Economic Development – 2012
  • Young Presidents' Organization (Indianapolis) – 2012
  • Presenter, 2012 Notacon
  • Cloud Develop – 2012
  • Big Data in Bio - 2012
2011
  • Indianapolis Startup Weekend 2011 Judge 
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