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Cyber Risk: The Need for a Comprehensive Approach

Speakers: Thomas Brown
Senior Managing Director, Forensic & Litigation Consulting/Cyber Security and Investigations, FTI Consulting

March 20, 2015 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Fishbach Room, Folsom Library
Hosted by: Bulent Yener (x6907)


Cyber attacks are headline news, and cyber security is an increasing concern for companies. This lecture addresses the mix of threats faced by business entities, the growing regulatory and legal landscape, some of the means by which companies can protect themselves, and how they can respond effectively to an attack.


Tom Brown is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in New York. He is a member of the Global Risk & Investigations Practice (GRIP) in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment and specializes in cyber security and investigations. From 2002 to 2014, Mr. Brown served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he was Chief of the Computer and Intellectual Property Crime Unit. Mr. Brown has unique and extensive experience investigating and prosecuting a wide range of complex, cross-border cyber and intellectual property crimes and white collar frauds, including data breaches, theft of trade secrets and economic espionage, malware distribution, illegal spam, online advertising fraud, criminal copyright offenses, money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, securities fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and tax fraud, among other things. Mr. Brown also has unique experience involving virtual currencies such as WebMoney and Bitcoin, as well as cyber national security matters. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Brown supervised and led some of the most complicated and technologically challenging cyber investigations in the world, including cases involving the operators of Silk Road, a $1.2 billion underground drug website; the prolific “hacktivist” groups Anonymous and LulzSec; Liberty Reserve, an online digital currency used by criminals worldwide to launder more than $6 billion in suspected criminal proceeds; Rove Digital, a massive online click fraud scheme that infected more than 4 million computers; hackers who broke into the NASDAQ’s computer system; and Samarth Agrawal, who was convicted of stealing high-frequency trading code from Société Générale. In 2010, Mr. Brown created an innovative strategy to combat Internet piracy, which formed the basis of “Operation In Our Sites,” an ongoing, international intellectual property rights enforcement campaign coordinated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Last updated: March 17, 2015