In Part 2 of our Cybersecurity Series, we’ll tackle the most burning questions businesses face during a ransomware incident: Should we pay? Is anyone else paying? Is it legal to pay? If we pay, will they honor it? What if paying a ransom violates our company culture and principles? Our guest hosts, Brenda Sharton, Partner at international leading law firm Dechert and John Ansbach from Stroz Friedberg, a division of Aon have dedicated their careers to helping their clients navigate cyber risk management and incident response.
Thank you to our sponsor, Dechert.
Brenda Sharton, partner and co-chair of Dechert’s top ranked, global privacy & cybersecurity practice, is a top privacy and cybersecurity and commercial litigator. She is one of only 16 lawyers in the country ranked as a “Leading Lawyer” by The Legal 500 for Cyber Law and Data Protection/Breach Response. A first chair trial lawyer, Ms. Sharton counsels and represents public and private corporations and their boards in complex commercial litigation, arbitrations and civil government/regulatory and enforcement matters. Ms. Sharton is a nationally recognized expert, pioneer and thought leader in the area of privacy and cybersecurity law. She has handled over 750 data breach investigations and cyber-attacks of every type and size for companies in every industry ranging from start-ups to global multi-billion dollar public companies. Ms. Sharton has handled some of the highest-profile data breaches brought by nation states, organized crime, insiders and other threat actors, including the negotiation of ransom/ransomware, business email interruption/Office 365 attacks, corporate and nation state espionage, DDoS, insider threats and theft of computer/electronic data of all types. She has defended companies in hundreds of privacy-related government investigations and enforcement actions brought by global and U.S. regulators, including state attorneys’ general, the FTC, HHS/OCR for HIPAA breaches, the SEC Cybersecurity Division, European regulators among others, as well as defended public and private companies in class action litigation arising from those data breaches.
John Ansbach, Vice President, Engagement Management, at Stroz Friedberg, an Aon Company leads complex cybersecurity incident and breach response projects for organizations all over the world, including Fortune 100 companies in various industries and private equity firms and their portfolio companies. He also supports clients in proactively building cyber resilience – through advisory, threat intelligence and testing work — to resist and defend against cyberattacks, and to help prevent them in the first place. In addition to this work, John leads digital forensic investigations, including those involving employment matters, as well as those driven by FTC, FCPA, SEC and other regulatory requirements. He brings the firm’s robust eDiscovery capabilities to bear for clients in need of electronic discovery and litigation support.