Anthony P. Valach

Counsel

Philadelphia
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Overview

The interest in technology that led Anthony Valach to an engineering degree now inspires a dedicated approach to his privacy and data protection practice. He advises clients on data breach response, risk management and litigation issues associated with an incident, and strategic methods to avoid future harm. As the former General Counsel and Vice President of Operations for a leading information technology managed service provider, as well as the Chief Information Security Officer for a mid-sized, regional law firm, Anthony is well versed in both developing and overseeing compliance with information security policies and procedures.  

That experience, combined with a background in complex litigation, provides him with real-world insight on security concerns.

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  • Advised multinational hotel chain during a major data breach incident involving up to 500 million customers, providing guidance from incident response to resolution.
  • Represented global e-commerce retailer company in a payment card security incident involving worldwide legal and regulatory notification analysis, and coordinating both internal and PFI forensic investigation.
  • Assisted nearly 40 companies globally and nationally in response to ransomware incidents, including guiding clients through forensic investigations, working with law enforcement in investigations, negotiating with threat actor, and recovering from incidents.
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Experience

  • Advised multinational hotel chain during a major data breach incident involving up to 500 million customers, providing guidance from incident response to resolution.
  • Represented global e-commerce retailer company in a payment card security incident involving worldwide legal and regulatory notification analysis, and coordinating both internal and PFI forensic investigation.
  • Assisted nearly 40 companies globally and nationally in response to ransomware incidents, including guiding clients through forensic investigations, working with law enforcement in investigations, negotiating with threat actor, and recovering from incidents.
  • Aides companies in investigating business email compromise incidents related to phishing campaigns and assists with recovery of fraudulent transfers of funds.
  • Assisted construction company with recovering a misdirected invoice payment of $1.1 million.
  • Assisted clinical trial company in recovery of $1.7 million in invoice payments that were transferred to a fraudulent account.
  • Coordinated network security and monitoring, data breach response, disaster recovery, HIPAA compliance and more for a leading information technology managed service provider.
  • Developed strategies to analyze complex electronically stored information (ESI) to uncover patterns of conduct and fraudulent activity.
  • Coordinated data breach response and implemented cybersecurity initiatives for a large construction equipment company.
  • Coordinated data breach response and implemented cybersecurity initiatives for an industrial company.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Community

  • St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia (2012 to 2018)
  • Michael’s Way Young Professionals Group: Board Member (2016 to 2018)

Prior Positions

  • Chief Information Security Officer for mid-sized, regional law firm (2016 to 2017)
  • Liberty Technology Solutions: General Counsel, Vice President of Operations (2015 to 2016)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Illinois [Inactive]

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2004; Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property, Managing Editor (2004), Associate Editor (2003); Certificate in Intellectual Property; Certificate of Distinction -- Strategies in Intellectual Property Law
  • B.B.E., Biomedical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, 2001

Blog

In The Blogs

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Data Privacy Monitor
DSIR Deeper Dive: The Ransomware Epidemic
By David E. Kitchen, Anthony P. Valach
May 18, 2020
Ransomware is among the most common and persistent threats faced by organizations of all sizes. In 2019, the ransomware threat landscape worsened in several significant ways: (1) average demands increased more than tenfold; (2) all...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Threat Actors are Finding New Ways to Commoditize Data
By David H. Potter, Anthony P. Valach
April 21, 2020
While all businesses continue to adjust to the remote work environment, it’s business as usual for cybercriminals. Although there are reports of phishing schemes tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not really seeing different types of...
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