Protecting Privacy and Improving Security in the Financial Industry and Education - Elective 3

Christi Lawson,
 Foley & Lardner LLP
Robyn Blank,
 University of North Florida


The financial industry is a prime target of cyber-attacks and hackers.  These businesses must have highly qualified cybersecurity professionals helping to protect their clients’ valuable personal information.  They must also understand the many laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and other laws affecting anti-money laundering that regulate them. This course also touches on the evolving privacy rights in education and how cyber and related security laws apply to higher education institutions.

Who Should Enroll?

Any business professional working in higher education or the financial sector, including but not limited to managers, administrators, consultants, and IT professionals should take this course to understand their business’ responsibilities.

What You Will Learn:

You will identify regulators of federal and state financial privacy laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and others affecting anti-money laundering and customer requirements.

Also, you will understand sources of privacy rights in education, application to higher education institutions, compliance requirements, challenges, exceptions, and conflicts of law, and state-specific laws.

Here are the topics we’ll cover:

∙ Overview of Financial Privacy Concepts and Laws

∙ State Laws Regulating Consumer Reporting Information

∙ State Laws Regulating Use of Financial Information

∙ Federal Acts

∙ Education Privacy

∙ Sources of Privacy Rights in Education

Available Credits:

The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program provides quality legal education courses to members of The Florida Bar. This course has been approved for 6.0 CLE Credits by The Florida Bar’s Continuing Legal Education program.


  • Can I use this information for legal advice?

    This course is not meant to be construed as legal advice. The information learned may serve as a basis to guide you in the correct direction. However, Stoops Colab cannot be responsible for counsel within the context of this course.

  • What is my projected weekly time commitment?

    You can expect to spend 6-10 hours per week reviewing course content, engaging in interactive videos, and discussion board conversations. You will also have one live check-in with the instructor during the course.

  • Are there any textbooks or required course materials?

    No, there is not! Downloadable forms, transcripts, and other useful resources will be made available to all learners.

  • How will this course be graded?

    This is a pass/fail course. You must score 75% to complete the course.

  • In this completely virtual course, how will I interact with others?

    This innovative learning format allows hardworking professionals to conveniently meet, collaborate, and network with other business professionals. Discussion boards allow for engaging conversations as well as the check-ins with the instructor.

    We also encourage you to join Stoops Colab Community to further engage with learners, instructors, and the community. For more information, click here.

  • Which certification does this course fall under?

    This is the second of five courses required in the Certification in Privacy Law and Policy though there are no prerequisites to taking this course.

Meet Your Instructor

Christi Lawson

Foley & Lardner LLP
Christi A. Lawson is a partner and litigation lawyer in the Orlando office of Foley & Lardner LLP. She has first-chair experience representing Fortune 100 companies. Lawson is a member of the firm's Consumer Financial Services, Labor & Employment and Privacy, Security & Information Management Practices, as well as the Trade Secret/Noncompete Specialty Practice.

Meet Your Instructor

Robyn Blank

University of North Florida
Robyn Blank is the AVP, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer for the University of North Florida. In this role, she oversees the university’s compliance and ethics programs, including international, federal, state, and local requirements in areas ranging from athletics to research. She previously served for six years as associate general counsel at FSU, focusing on open government and student affairs, and most recently was the Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer at Florida State University.

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