We were joined by Guillermo Christensen, former CIA Intelligence Officer and current Partner at Ice Miller LLP and Rachel Spiker, Associate at Ice Miller LLP on Wednesday, June 10 at 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT, as they discuss the threat of ransomware and share insights on how organizations can prepare in advance against such threats.

Ransomware attacks are one of the most dangerous cybercriminal threats that companies face – a successful ransomware compromise can bring a business to a complete stop, and in some cases, can shutter it permanently. The current situation is no different. In March 2020, ransomware attacks increased 148% over the baseline of February 2020, as remote work increased by 70%, according to VMWare Carbon Black threat researchers.

Guillermo Christensen recently served as a participant in the virtual roundtable - 'Understanding the Cyber Threats and Actors Exploiting the Covid-19 Crisis' held by The US House Fiancial Services Committee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy. Join us, for a session that covers -

  • The evolution of ransomware attacks
  • How ransom request are combined with extortion demands to keep the attack confidential
  • Some scenarios of what attacks look like
  • Steps that potential victim companies can take in advance
  • Steps to take amidst an attack that may reduce the impact and costs

  • Guest Speakers

    Guillermo Christensen

    Guillermo Christensen, Partner, Ice Miller LLP

    Guillermo Christensen is a partner in the DC and NY offices of Ice Miller LLP and practices in the Government Investigations and Data Security-Privacy groups. He counsels clients on information security and enterprise-level cybersecurity risks, working on “left of boom” matters (pre-incident risk assessments) and “right of boom” situations (breaches), in particular nation-state attacks. Mr. Christensen is a former CIA intelligence officer and a diplomat with the Department of State with multiple international tours and domestic assignments including with the FBI and the predecessor to the National Counterterrorism Center. Most recently, Mr. Christensen served as the Science and Technology Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the OECD in Paris, France, where he was responsible for cybersecurity, internet governance, cross-border data flows, and intellectual property rights. From 2001-2002, Mr. Christensen was the CIA Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He currently serves on the international advisory board of the Reeves Center at the College of William and Mary, the Law360 Cybersecurity Editorial Board, is a member of the RANE Network, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Christensen holds a BA from The American University, a Master of Science in Foreign Service and a law degree from Georgetown University. He is licensed to practice in New York, Virginia and Washington DC.

    Rachel Spike

    Rachel Spiker, Associate, Ice Miller LLP

    Rachel Spiker is an associate in Ice Miller’s Litigation and Data Security and Privacy Practice Groups. Rachel holds a Certified Information Privacy Professional U.S. Private-Sector certification (CIPP/US) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Rachel regularly assists in the response to significant data security incidents, which includes analysis of data breach notification laws in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Rachel’s work also includes proactive privacy and cybersecurity projects, such as creating privacy programs and counseling clients on compliance with various domestic and international privacy and cybersecurity statutes and regulations.

    Ice Miller LLP was ranked a Cybersecurity Standout in Litigation in the BTI Cybersecurity & Data Privacy 2020: Leading-Edge Insight & Strategy for Law Firms.

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