Cybersecurity Practices in Deterring Threats

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: September 25, 2019
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  • Current Cybersecurity Risks
  • Regulatory and Legal Environment
  • Questions to Ask Your Technology Team
  • Response Readiness Planning and Strategies
  • Key Takeaways
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: September 25, 2019


Cybersecurity is very much on the minds of advisory firms and regulators alike. Recent enforcement and industry research indicates that firms are still struggling to get a handle on even basic cybersecurity protections.

In this session, you’ll hear the latest on the current cyber threat environment, the cybersecurity best practices and how firms can implement appropriate data security programs to protect their systems and customer data.

This program was recorded as part of ALM & Corporate Counsel's Annual General Counsel Conference on September 25th, 2019.

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Michael D. Saarinen

Partner, Investment Management, Trading & Markets Team
Alston & Bird LLP

Michael Saarinen is a partner with Alston & Bird’s Investment Management, Trading & Markets Team. Michael represents a diverse group of fund sponsors, from small, closely held startup businesses to global financial institutions. He advises on the formation and operation of a wide range of fund products, including traditional private equity buyout funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, credit funds, and customized investment vehicles such as single-investor funds, managed accounts, single-asset funds, and hybrid funds. Michael also counsels clients on regulatory and compliance issues, examination and enforcement matters, compensation arrangements, strategic management company M&A transactions, succession planning, and governance.

In 2015, Michael was honored by Private Funds Management as one of the “30 Most Influential Private Equity Lawyers Under the Age of 40” and highlighted as “a fund formation lawyer to watch.” Michael has also been recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Investment Fund Formation and Management: Alternative/Hedge Funds and by Who’s Who Legal for Private Funds: Formation.

Michael received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Columbia University.

Ondrej Krehel

Founder & CEO

Ondrej Krehel, CEO & Founder of LIFARS is recognized world-wide for his Digital Forensic expertise. He actively participates in many high-profile engagements around the world whereby his proprietary methodology is leveraged to achieve the most rapid root-cause analysis and remediation.

He’s the former Chief Information Security Officer of IDT911, the nation’s premier identity theft recovery and data breach management service. He previously led forensic investigations and cybersecurity consulting at Stroz Friedberg encompassing US government engagements and missions, including military cyber special operations.

With two decades of experience in computer security and forensics, Krehel has conducted a wide range of red team exercises, cyber resilience matters, investigations, including data breached through computer intrusions, theft of intellectual property, massive deletions, defragmentation, file carvings, anti-money laundering, financial fraud, mathematical modeling and computer hacking.

He holds an M.S. degree in Mathematical Physics from Comenius University in Bratislava and an Engineering Diploma from Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia. Krehel is a frequent speaker at industry events and author on matters related to information security and computer forensics.

Among other industry groups, he is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), the Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC) and the International Council of Electronic Commerce (EC Council). He also is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), and a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). He is one of few to hold a Certified Ethical Hacker Instructor (CEI) accreditation, and to be authorized to lecture Ethical Hacking courses to both the government and private sector.

His work has received attention from CNN, ABC, BBC, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among many others.

Timothy T. Howard

Co-Chair, Complex Frauds & Cybercrime Unit
US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

Timothy Howard is the Co-Chief of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

Brad Carpenter

Supervisory Special Agent, Cyber Division

Brad Carpenter is a Supervisory Special Agent with FBI Cyber Division and currently manages FBI Cyber Operations at the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) office in New York City. As an FBI Special Agent for over 14 years, he has been responsible for investigating computer intrusions targeting the financial sector, cyber crime, and various financial crimes to include money laundering and terrorist financing.

Prior to his current role, he managed cyber investigations for FBI New York and also was the FBI New York Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Coordinator, responsible for the incident response to terrorist threats throughout New York City and at high profile Special Events. During his tenure with the FBI, Mr. Carpenter has also been assigned to the FBI Boston Field Office, FBI Counterterrorism Division in Washington DC, US Embassy London, and several other international deployments. As an FBI Instructor, he has conducted domestic and international trainings on Cyber Crime, Anti-Money Laundering, and Terrorist Financing.

Mr. Carpenter was a business development professional in the IT Sector, servicing Fortune 500 companies prior to his appointment as an FBI Special Agent.?

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