March 20, 2015
April 16, 2015
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
767 Fifth Avenue, New York City/Webinar
Weil, in conjunction with Advisen, Ltd., cordially invites you to join us for Cybersecurity Threats 2015, the next edition of Weil’s Cybersecurity Briefings featuring insightful dialog on managing cybersecurity risks from industry first responders at FireEye/Mandiant and PwC, key law enforcement personnel from the New York offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Secret Service, and the leaders of Weil’s Cybersecurity, Data Privacy & Information Management Group.
Panel 1: 2014 Threat Actors and Threat Vectors
A look back at 2014: What happened? How did companies learn about the attacks? What was the extent of the damage? What will corporate America experience in 2015 – more hacks, worse hacks, infrastructure hacks? How did cyber insurance respond to these attacks, and how are cyber and other insurers underwriting cyber risk today?
Keynote Roundtable: Applying the Lessons Learned in 2014
Developing cyber governance best practices for 2015: Viewpoints from industry and law enforcement first responders to cyber attacks.
Panel 2: What Has Legal Learned?
Anticipating and Countering the Cyber-threat on every level:
- How to respond to a cyber-attack
- The Board’s role in cybersecurity
- Engendering employee vigilance
- Working with affected customers
- Dealing with vendor contracts
A full agenda is available here.
Please follow this link to RSVP and register either for the in-person conference or the webinar.
Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Michael Epstein heads Weil’s Technology & IP Transactions practice and is a member of the Firm’s Cybersecurity, Data Privacy & Information Management group. He has a diverse practice, including transactions, litigation and counseling across all areas of IP and technology. His transactional work includes structuring and negotiating technology and intellectual property acquisitions, technology transfer and licensing arrangements, outsourcing transactions, and joint ventures and other targeted alliances, and his litigation experience includes handling technology-related disputes and litigations involving non-compete agreements, trademarks and false advertising. He also has extensive experience with respect to commercial transactions such as supply and sourcing agreements, distribution and other marketing agreements, and services agreements, among others.
Mr. Epstein is a recognized expert in intellectual property and technology law, including Chambers USA, Legal 500 USA, and IAM Patent. He is the author of the treatises Epstein on Intellectual Property and Modern Intellectual Property, a co-author of Online – Internet Law, International Intellectual Property, and a co-editor of Drafting License Agreements, The Corporate Counsellor’s Deskbook, The Departing Employee, Doing Business in Eastern Europe, Biotechnology Law, The Trademark Law Revision Act, Joint Ventures and Other Cooperative Business Arrangements, and Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and Other Safeguards.
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Randi Singer is a partner in Weil’s Cybersecurity, Data Privacy & Information Management group, and is also part of the Firm’s Intellectual Property & Media practice. In addition to copyright, Lanham Act false advertising, and trademark litigation, she focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and social media counseling.
Ms. Singer has earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) credentials and regularly counsels clients in connection with privacy, cybersecurity, and social media issues in a wide variety of matters, including such high-profile transactions as Facebook’s acquisition of Whatsapp, Inc., Yahoo!’s acquisition of Tumblr, and Signet Jewelers Limited’s acquisition of Zale Corporation.
Experienced in complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy proceedings, Ms. Singer has been recognized as an expert in intellectual property and media and entertainment, including by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 USA, and Benchmark Litigation. She has successfully represented and counseled clients on a wide variety of copyright and trademark matters involving both classic ownership and fair use issues, as well as evolving secondary liability issues arising from social media platforms.
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Carrie Mahan is a Litigation partner and a member of Weil’s Cybersecurity, Data Privacy & Information Management group. She focuses on antitrust and consumer protection counseling, government investigations, and private litigation for clients in a wide range of industries, including consumer products, chemicals, industrial products, oil and gas, financial products, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, retail, technology, and entertainment. Ms. Mahan, who is recognized for her work by Legal 500 USA, has extensive experience representing clients in all of the major litigation venues, including both state and federal courts and federal, state, and international competition and consumer protection enforcement agencies.
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P.J. Himelfarb is a partner in Weil’s Public Company Advisory Group and based in the Firm’s Dallas office. She advises U.S. public companies and U.S.-listed foreign private issuers on SEC disclosure, restatements and internal control issues, Sarbanes-Oxley implementation and corporate governance matters. Her practice also includes the SEC aspects of merger and acquisition and securities transactions. Ms. Himelfarb is a member of the Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and Information Management group and regularly counsels clients on disclosure issues surrounding cybersecurity and board oversight.
Prior to joining Weil, Ms. Himelfarb was Special Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Division of Corporation Finance at the Securities and Exchange Commission. She also served as Special Counsel in the Division’s Office of Mergers & Acquisitions. Ms. Himelfarb was a primary drafter of some of the SEC's most significant corporate finance initiatives during her tenure. These initiatives included the April 2000 Internet Interpretive release (regulation of corporate and broker-dealer communications on the Internet) and the Report of the Task Force on Disclosure Simplification (reviewing and recommending reform of all SEC corporate finance rules). Additionally, Ms. Himelfarb was a key contributor in crafting Regulation M-A (dramatic restructuring of all SEC rules applicable to cash and stock-based tender offers, mergers and other business combinations).
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Jeffrey Klein is chair of Weil’s Employment Litigation practice group, where he represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment relations law and other cutting edge issues, including complex employment discrimination claims, wage and hour claims, ERISA and related employee benefits litigation matters, and trade secrets/restrictive covenants litigation, including in the class action, investigation, arbitration, trial, and mediation contexts. For his work in these areas, he has been long-recognized among the leading lawyers in the U.S., including by Lawdragon Magazine’s “500 Best Lawyers in the United States,” by Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon Magazine’s “Nation’s 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys,” in Chambers Global and Chambers USA as a Band 1 attorney in numerous areas, a leading lawyer in multiple subject areas in Legal 500 USA, and The Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Klein also regularly counsels boards, special committees, directors, and senior executives of public companies with respect to internal investigations, crisis management issues, and sophisticated human resources issues such as preventative employee relations programs, social media policies, “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policies, employee training and compliance programs, whistleblower complaints, EEOC matters, non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants, executive compensation and employment agreements, formulation of employment policies and manuals, affirmative action plans, the resolution of employment law and benefits issues arising from corporate reorganizations, and restructurings or workforce reductions.
Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Jeffrey Osterman is a partner in Weil’s Technology & IP Transactions practice and is a member of the Cybersecurity, Data Privacy & Information Management group. He concentrates on matters with deep commercial or technical complexity. He has had extensive experience with pure patent licensing, technology transfer, outsourcing, technology integration, content licensing and merchandising.
Mr. Osterman has received a number of awards for his expertise, including being ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global, Legal 500 USA, Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars, Best Lawyers in America, and IAM Patent. He has appeared on national television and lectured on intellectual property, electronic privacy and e-commerce throughout the United States and on U.S. intellectual property and contract law in Japan. He is also the Vice Chair of the IP Licensing Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners’ Association and is active in the open source legal community.
Managing Director, FireEye/Mandiant
David Damato is responsible for professional services in the Northeast United States and Canada. For more than a decade he has performed professional consulting services for both commercial organizations and the federal government. His core competencies include information security testing, network design and architecture, security program development, and incident response. At Mandiant, Mr. Damato continues to focus on leading information security services at Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. This includes performing proactive security assessments and detailed investigations of significant security breaches. David also specializes in developing containment and remediation plans, to resolve security breaches. Such activities include identifying insecure enterprise IT configurations, developing methodologies to recover compromised systems and networks, and offering tactical and strategic recommendations to ensure the IT environment is adequately postured to prevent future compromises.
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, FireEye
David Merkel has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer since May 2014. He previously served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Products at Mandiant, which was acquired by FireEye. At Mandiant, Mr. Merkel shaped the strategy and direction of the company's technology and engineering solutions. Before Mandiant, he spent over seven years leading a team of technologists at America Online to protect corporate systems and network infrastructure. Before America Online, he served as a special agent with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, where he participated in countless forensic examinations and served as qualified expert witness in federal and state legal cases. Mr. Merkel holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Partner, Leader of Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Mr. Nocera is energized by interacting with people and building new relationships. He is known for helping his clients and team members achieve their goals. He is passionate about understanding the technical challenges of Cybersecurity and translating these into practical business solutions that are achievable in a corporate culture. Mr. Nocera has developed a broad network of trusted relationships within PwC, the information security community and his clients. This enables him to assemble a diverse team with the experiences and skills to create security for his clients in a world of uncertainty.
Mr. Nocera leads PwC’s Cybersecurity & Privacy practice nationally for the Financial Services industry. His experiences range from IT auditing to large scale systems implementation. He has significant experience in assisting organizations meet regulatory demands such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Anti-Money Laundering, Basel II, GLBA, and other Fed, OCC, FINRA, & SEC cybersecurity requirements. Mr. Nocera has assisted organizations in building information security departments, information risk management functions and overall IT governance functions. He also has been involved in cybercrime investigations and implementation of a variety of technology security solutions. He presents frequently to Corporate Boards and executive teams on the challenges of cybersecurity.
Mr. Nocera graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. He is a frequent speaker at conferences such as CA World, Blackhat, LOMA, and other leading industry events. He has been quoted in number of publications such as The Wall Street Journal, PCWorld, SC Magazine, and Wall Street & Technology.
Head of Cyber Liability Underwriting Excellence, U.S. and Canada, American International Group
Mr. Pace is Head of Cyber Liability Underwriting Excellence for the U.S. and Canada at AIG. In this role, he is responsible for shaping and driving the underwriting strategy for all cyber-related products, ensuring all underwriting tools and processes are consistently leveraged across the portfolio. He is also responsible for driving the innovation of products, services, and processes that will best support the needs of all clients and brokers in the region as the cybersecurity risk landscape continues to evolve.
Mr. Pace joined AIG in 2005 as a Professional Liability underwriter and has held various positions of increasing responsibility within the Professional Liability division during his tenure. Most recently, he was Regional Underwriting Manager for Professional Liability, responsible for the division’s Major Account Practice in New York. Mr. Pace holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Investigations/Cyber Crime, United States Secret Service
Kenneth R. Pleasant, a native of Linden, New Jersey, began his Secret Service career in 1991 as a special agent assigned to the New York Field Office where he investigated credit card, counterfeit currency and bank fraud.
During his 23 year career, Mr. Pleasant has risen through the ranks, having served in numerous assignments which include the Presidential Protective Division, Training Academy Instructor, Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the Recruitment & Personnel Security Division, Resident Agent in Charge of the Long Island Resident Office and Special Agent in Charge of the Recruitment Division.
Currently, Mr. Pleasant serves as the ASAIC of the New York Field Offices’ Electronic Crimes Task Force (NYECTF) and is responsible for overseeing all cyber investigations.
Mr. Pleasant holds a Master of Business Management Degree from the School of Education – Johns Hopkins University (2011). His undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science from University of Maryland.
Special Agent in Charge, Special Operations/Cyber Division, New York Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Leo Taddeo was appointed to serve as the Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the FBI’s New York Field Office in July 2013. In this role, Mr. Taddeo leads over 400 special agents and professional support personnel in cyber investigations, surveillance operations, information technology support, and crisis management.
A New York City native, Mr. Taddeo received his degree in applied physics in 1987 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After graduation he joined the Marine Corps, where he served as a tank officer. Mr. Taddeo participated in numerous deployments and operations, including the Gulf War, where he was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal for valor.
Following his service in the Marines, Mr. Taddeo earned a Juris Doctor from St. John’s University in 1994. Upon graduation, he joined the law firm of Mound, Cotton & Wollan in New York, where he practiced in the field of civil litigation.
Mr. Taddeo began his FBI career in 1995. As a criminal investigator in New York, he led investigations into Russian and Italian organized crime influence in the securities industry. In the course of these investigations, Mr. Taddeo developed innovative investigative strategies to uncover complex securities fraud and money laundering schemes orchestrated by the Bonanno, Gambino, and Genovese crime families. Following numerous convictions in these cases, the FBI made significant strides in curtailing the influence of organized crime on Wall Street.
In July 2001, Mr. Taddeo transferred to FBI Headquarters where he managed national organized crime cases and programs. In July 2003, he transferred back to New York, where he supervised an organized crime squad and a joint FBI/New York City Police Department Joint Terrorism Task Force.
In August 2005, Mr. Taddeo was selected as the Legal Attaché for Rome, Italy. During his tour in Rome, he worked closely with Italian authorities on counterterrorism and criminal investigations, and also coordinated the U.S. security preparations for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. In April 2009, Mr. Taddeo left Italy and transferred to the Baltimore Field Office where he served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of criminal programs.
In February 2012, Mr. Taddeo was selected as Section Chief in the International Operations Division, FBIHQ, where he managed FBI operations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In this capacity, he played a pivotal role in coordinating the FBI’s response to terrorist attacks and kidnappings overseas, including the attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Tripoli, and the hostage crisis at the oil fields at In Amenas, Algeria.
He and his wife, Maria, have two children.