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Cybersecurity and Being Secure in Your Practice: How Confident Are You in Your Competency?

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded Date: December 10, 2021
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  • ABA MRPC 1.1 Competence (Cmt. 8)
  • ABA MRPC 1.6 Confidentiality of Information
  • ABA MRPC 1.15 Safekeeping Property
  • ABA MRPC 5.3 (Cmt. 3) Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants
  • ABA Formal Opinion 477
  • ABA Formal Opinion 483
  • ABA Formal Opinion 498
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: December 10, 2021

For NY - Difficulty Level: For experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)
For NY - Difficulty Level: Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)


This panel will dive into the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which require lawyers to be competent in technology. The panelists will review today’s hot ethical technology pointers, as well as pitfalls that every insolvency professional should be aware of in their practice.

This program was recorded as part of ABI's 2021 Winter Leadership Conference on December 10th, 2021.

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American Bankruptcy Institute
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Manoj Tandon

Equity Partner & COO
Dark Rhino Security, Inc.

Manoj Tandon is currently an equity partner and COO for Dark Rhino Security, Inc. in Harrison City, Pa., which is his fifth involvement with a startup. After spending time helping companies with manufacturing process improvements, in the late 90s he moved to the world of startups and has been involved with five technology and services startups since then.

At Dark Rhino Security, Mr. Tandon is responsible for creating value innovation to deliver defense in depth to customers ranging in size from Main Street to Wall Street. He runs a weekly cybersecurity podcast, Security Confidential, which covers broad topics with industry-leading professionals in cybersecurity, including career development, professional best practices, risk-reduction, cyberinsurance, and governance and compliance.

Mr. Tandon graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering.

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Elizabeth B. Vandesteeg, CIPP

Partner, Financial Services & Restructuring Group
Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

Elizabeth B. Vandesteeg, CIPP is a partner in the Financial Services & Restructuring Group at Levenfeld Pearlstein in Chicago, where she focuses on identifying risk exposure and mitigating liability for clients, with a concentration in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, commercial litigation, and data security and privacy. She represents secured creditors, debtors, unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, landlords and shareholders in bankruptcy courts throughout U.S., as well as clients in civil litigation in federal and state courts. Her passion is helping clients identify and resolve potential problems related to creditors’ rights, troubled businesses, bankruptcy and workouts, and business disputes.

Ms. Vandesteeg advises clients on cybersecurity and privacy compliance and regulatory issues. She also guides clients in developing and implementing information security programs that are reasonable and appropriate for their specific business needs and risks, as well as advising them in responding to data breaches, and was instrumental in launching the ABI Journal’s Cyber U column.

Previously, Ms. Vandesteeg was with Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP, where she was a partner and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Boston College.

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Karim Guirguis

Chief Operationg Officer
American Bankruptcy Institute

Karim is chief strategy and innovation officer of the American Bankruptcy Institute in Alexandria, Va., the nation’s largest association of bankruptcy professionals, comprised of 11,000 members in multidisciplinary roles, including attorneys, bankers, judges, lenders, turnaround specialists and others. Mr. Guirguis provides vision and leadership in transforming and conducting the company’s internal and external IT plans. He joined the ABI staff in 2002 after several positions in website architecture and computer animation, most recently with Disney MGM Studios in Florida.

Mr. Guirguis’s work has earned several awards from his peers, including an Oscar for his work on Finding Nemo, the prestigious Horizon Award for ABI’s video honoring its founders, as well as the Webby Award for his work with Tiffany Inc. and He is a regular presenter on cutting-edge technology issues for professional educators such as the American Society of Association Executives, for which he serves on its technology board.

Mr. Guirguis received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Cambridge University in England, his Master’s in multimedia and animation from George Mason University, and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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