Cybersecurity: Tips and Best Practices for Lawyers – C01

The President’s Track

Session C: 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

About the Program
Cyber incidents and data breaches are increasing in frequency and magnitude. Learn how to protect your firm and your clients. This panel of cybersecurity experts from the United States Department of Justice, the private sector, and private practice will discuss the current cyber threat landscape; best practices for minimizing cyber risk, managing incident response, and remediating data breaches; and tips for navigating the various legal, business, reputational, and other practical concerns that can arise following a significant cyber incident. 

 You Will Learn 

  • The latest threats and trends in cybersecurity and cybercrime 
  • Best practices for lawyers to prepare for, respond to, and remediate a cyber incident impacting your firm and/or your clients 
  • How victims can work with law enforcement to navigate business interruption, privilege, regulatory, reputational, and other concerns 

Stephen B. Reynolds, United States Department of Justice, Bridgeport  

Steve Reynolds has served as a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice for sixteen years. Steve recently served as a Deputy Chief for Cybersecurity in the Justice Department’s National Security Division (NSD), where he provided legal and policy advice on efforts to investigate, deter and disrupt malicious cyber activity. In that role, Steve served as one of DOJ’s primary liaisons on cyber matters with the FBI, DHS, the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and the White House National Security Council’s Cybersecurity Directorate.  Steve also served as DOJ’s representative for the U.S. Government’s Vulnerability Equities Process; he assisted with the development and issuance of private sector guidance involving the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act; and he authored guidance for legal counsel, technology and compliance professionals on minimizing cyber risk, incident response, remediating data breaches, navigating public disclosures, and minimizing business interruption and reputational concerns.


Edward Chang, Travelers Insurance, Hartford 

Edward Chang is involved in underwriting, risk control, and catastrophe analysis for the company’s cyber insurance products. He is responsible for the Travelers Cyber Academy, an eight-part webinar series on issues relating to cyber security and cyber insurance, and he was principal author of the Travelers Institute publication “Empowering Organizations to Tackle Evolving Cyber Threats: A Cybersecurity Guide for Small and Midsized Businesses.”

Prior to joining Travelers, Eddie was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York and the District of Connecticut, where he focused on prosecuting Romanian phishers, Nigerian fraudsters, and other computer hackers and cyber criminals.


Jed Davis, Day Pitney LLP, New York, NY 

Attorney Davis is a partner in the New York office of Day Pitney LLP.  He is a former career prosecutor.   For more than a decade  he has helped private clients respond to and contain difficult cyber-driven risks, including computer intrusions, data breaches, online harassment and  intellectual property theft.  Jed is a graduate of Yale College and of New York University School of Law. He began his public service career as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office  (1995-1998).  Thereafter, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York (1998-2007), including as lead cybercrimes prosecutor.  Jed  joined Day Pitney in 2016, after working as a managing director for investigations at Kroll Associates (2008-2012) and as principal of his own law firm (2012-2016). 


Vanessa Richards, Assistant US Attorney, District of Connecticut, Bridgeport 

Attorney Richards is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Connecticut where she serves as the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) Coordinator and National Security Cyber Specialist for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  In that capacity she prosecutes a variety of national security crimes, including cybercrime involving computer intrusions, botnets and the theft and misuse of bitcoins.  She also oversees the activities of both the Federal Cyber Working Group and the Cyber Task Force, both consisting of representatives of federal agencies in Connecticut mandated to investigate cybercrime.  Ms. Richards is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Barnard College.  Before becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney, she clerked for U.S. district Court Judge William Yohn, Jr. in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, worked in private practice and served as an Assistant District Attorney for New York County in Manhattan.


1.0 CLE Credits (CT: 1.0 General; NY:1.0 LPM )