Bluestem Brands, RH-ISAC and Venable to Present Cybersecurity Panel at Retail Law Conference

Washington, DC—As many companies cite legal restrictions as a reason for not participating in cyber information sharing, Bluestem Brands, Venable LLP and Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) have teamed up to present “Cybersecurity: Better Security Through Collaboration” at the Retail Law Conference, taking place October 10-12, 2018, in Austin, TX.
In addition to sharing the retail and hospitality industries top threats and threat concerns, Suzie Squier, Executive Director of Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) will discuss how companies can better secure their organizations through industry collaboration. John Banghart, Senior Director for Technology Risk Management at Venable LLP, will provide an overview of where we are now in terms of sharing from and with the private sector and the government. Adding the practitioner perspective, Andy Rausch, Senior Counsel at Bluestem Brands, will provide a primer on how information security executives can and should get buy-in first from their legal team.

The Retail Law Conference is the premier event for retail corporate counsel, providing education and networking among general counsel and their teams.

Bluestem Group Inc., a holding company headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN, operates multiple direct to consumer retail brands through its subsidiary Bluestem Brands. The Northstar Portfolio includes Fingerhut and Gettington, both of which are national multi-channel retail brands offering a broad selection of name brand and private label merchandise serving low- to middle-income consumers by offering multiple payment plans through revolving credit lines or installment loans offered by WebBank. The Orchard Portfolio consists of multichannel brands including Appleseed’s, Bedford Fair, Blair, Draper’s & Damon’s, Gold Violin, Haband, Norm Thompson, Old Pueblo Traders, Sahalie, Tog Shop and WinterSilks. These brands offer apparel, accessories, and home products for the boomer and senior demographic, generally considered age 50 and over and provide customers with the ability to obtain credit through a third-party private label credit card. For additional information visit the Bluestem Group website at

The RH-ISAC is the trusted cybersecurity community for retailers, consumer products, grocers, hotels, gaming, restaurants, and cybersecurity industry partners worldwide. The RH-ISAC supports its member base, representing more than $1 trillion in annual revenue, by serving as the conduit for collaboration, threat and best practice sharing, and cooperation. Through building and sustaining valuable programs, partnerships, products and opportunities, the RH-ISAC enables its members to build their trust-based relationships, strategic knowledge and tactical capabilities. For more information on RH-ISAC membership and benefits visit us at our home page

Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, and high-net-worth entrepreneurs and individuals. With more than 700 attorneys across the country, including California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients’ business objectives in the U.S. and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines. For more information, please visit

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