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"Legally Pwned": The Modern Law Firm As a Hacker’s Gold Mine
Law firms are rich repositories of sensitive data, including material nonpublic information, trade secrets, intellectual property, corporate strategies, personal and financial information, and attorney-client communications. The value of this data is not lost on hackers, who are increasingly exploring ways to monetize and exploit it. What are the cybersecurity threats that law firms should be most worried about? What are the potential consequences if those threats materialize? And what should law firms be doing to protect themselves?
Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP
Serrin is a member of the firm’s cybersecurity and data privacy practice, white collar defense and government investigations practice, and complex commercial litigation practice. He regularly counsels clients with respect to cybersecurity preparedness and incident response, helping them navigate a rapidly evolving regulatory and litigation landscape. Serrin joined Latham following six years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he served as the office’s lead cyber crime prosecutor. In that role, Serrin handled a wide range of cyber crime investigations and prosecutions, including matters involving computer hacking, data breaches, black-market websites, trafficking of stolen payment cards and personal identity information, and money laundering through digital currencies. Among other notable cases, Serrin led the prosecution of the owner and operator of the Silk Road website, a vast online black market for illegal drugs, malicious software and other contraband, as well as the prosecution of the digital currency service Liberty Reserve and several of its principals on charges of laundering billions of dollars in cyber crime proceeds.