Adam I. Cohen

Counsel

New York
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Overview

Adam Cohen combines his experience as a lawyer and cybersecurity professional to advise clients on proactively creating legally sound cybersecurity programs. Having worked as outside and in-house counsel, as well as in the role of technology and compliance consultant, he provides clients with a comprehensive view of their respective cybersecurity needs and risks. Adam then uses proven, “battle-tested” methodologies and techniques to develop a program that is legally compliant and mitigates cybersecurity risk. Taking a client-centric approach, Adam utilizes his integrated understanding and knowledge of law and technology to put his clients in the best position to address the escalating challenges of a rapidly evolving, global threat landscape.

In addition to preparing clients for cybersecurity risk and legal compliance, Adam has represented and counseled businesses in litigation and regulatory enforcement matters focused on information technology issues. He also has extensive experience in data privacy, electronic discovery and information governance, and technology-related intellectual property matters. Adam is a certified professional in information systems security (CISSP), cloud security (CCSP), and ethical hacking (CEH).

Select Experience

  • Conducted and presented assessments of corporate information security programs for financial services institutions in the banking, insurance, private equity and hedge fund sectors.
  • Served as outsourced Chief Information Security Officer and Data Protection Officer for technology businesses.
  • Developed and implemented information security and data privacy program for client consortium of major airlines, managing passenger data and travel incentive programs.
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Experience

  • Conducted and presented assessments of corporate information security programs for financial services institutions in the banking, insurance, private equity and hedge fund sectors.
  • Served as outsourced Chief Information Security Officer and Data Protection Officer for technology businesses.
  • Developed and implemented information security and data privacy program for client consortium of major airlines, managing passenger data and travel incentive programs.
  • Advised e-commerce business in connection with FTC investigation and consent order following data breach.
  • Worked with global enterprise cloud service provider to align market approach with financial services industry cybersecurity legal and compliance risk management concerns.
  • Advised global insurance company overhauling information security program for compliance with new and emerging legal requirements.
  • Led internal cybersecurity investigation for international retail business compromised by insider.
  • Led internal investigation of intellectual property leakage for Fortune 250 client and resulting series of projects enhancing cybersecurity program.
  • Served as expert witness in defending use of machine learning technology for document review during electronic discovery dispute in federal court consumer class action.
  • Directed client initiatives for compliance with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • InfoSec Institute Hall of Fame: Inductee (2020)
  • (ISC)²: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • (ISC)²: Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
  • EC-Council: Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Community

  • Georgetown Law
    • Cybersecurity Law Institute: Advisory Board
    • Advanced E-Discovery Institute: Advisory Board
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, New York: Board of Directors
  • Cardozo School of Law: Adjunct Faculty
  • Fordham Law School: Adjunct Faculty

Prior Positions

  • Acoustic, L.P.: Senior Counsel (2020)
  • Berkeley Research Group LLC: Managing Director (2015 to 2019)
  • EY: Principal (2011 to 2015)

Admissions

  • New York

Education

  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1993
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 1990