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The Emergence of Ransomware: Emergence and Prevention

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: December 04, 2017
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2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Some information about Ransomware
  • Ransomware through Wi-Fi Networks
  • Ransomware through Phishing emails
  • Spear Phishing - Email Spoofing
  • Creating and Testing a Ransomware Response Plan
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: December 4, 2017
For NY - Difficulty Level: Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)


Many high-profile law firms and large corporations have been in the spotlight recently due to far-reaching ransomware attacks. Hear first-hand some of the blind spots and key takeaways that speak to improving early detection efforts and effective crisis management strategies. This session will also examine the benefits of cyber liability insurance and what’s missing in your policy to help mitigate the effects of a ransomware attack.

The program was recorded as part of ALM's CyberSecure on December 4th, 2017.

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Afzal Khan

Vice President, Global Head of IT Security, Risk Management & Compliance
Everest Reinsurance Company

Afzal is an accomplished senior technology security and risk leader with 20 years of success in ensuring strong and resilient security, governance, risk management and compliance in complex and agile environments. He led organizations to adapt to disruptive technologies for increased efficiency and productivity maintaining robust availability, integrity and confidentiality. He has successfully led large and critical project teams, and built powerful security and risk management teams from the ground up. Currently, Afzal oversees IT security, risk management and compliance functions at Everest.

Prior to Everest, Afzal led the IT security function at Alliance Capital (currently AllianceBernstein), a NYC based asset management firm.

Prior to Alliance, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers. As an Accounting and CIS graduate from Baruch College of CUNY, his  career started with PwC as an IT Risk Management professional.

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Christopher Frenz

Director of Infrastructure
Interfaith Medical Center

Christopher Frenz is the Director of IT Infrastructure at Interfaith Medical Center and is an expert on healthcare security and privacy. He the author of the books "Visual Basic and Visual Basic .NET for Scientists and Engineers" and "Pro Perl Parsing", as well as the author of numerous articles. Frenz holds many industry standard certifications, including CISSP, HCISPP, CIPP, CIPM, CIPT, and CCSK.

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Dr. Christopher Pierson

Chief Security Officer & General Counsel

Dr. Chris Pierson is the EVP, Chief Security Officer & General Counsel for Viewpost - a FinTech payments company. He is a globally recognized cybersecurity expert and entrepreneur who holds several cybersecurity, anti-fraud, and technology patents. Dr. Pierson serves on the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy & Integrity Advisory Committee and Cybersecurity Subcommittee and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute.

Previously, Chris was the first Chief Privacy Officer, SVP for the Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) U.S. banking operations leading its privacy and data protection program. Chris was also a corporate attorney for Lewis and Roca where he established its Cyber Security Practice representing companies on cybersecurity and data breaches.

Chris is a graduate of Boston College (B.A., M.A.) and The University of Iowa (Ph.D., J.D.), is a sought after keynote speaker on cybersecurity and privacy, board advisor for startups, and is frequently quoted by the media on these topics.

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