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The event, hosted by American University’s Washington School of Law, was geared toward law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies.

WASHINGTON (January 29, 2020) — The ACC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global legal association representing more than 46,000 members in 85 countries, hosted a one day Cybersecurity Summit on January 28, 2020, in Washington, DC.

The event, hosted by American University’s Washington School of Law, was geared toward law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies. A faculty of 39 leaders in the cybersecurity field discussed regulations like GDPR; non-affirmative cyber insurance; cybersecurity for private-public partnerships, supply chain risk management; and standards programs like NIST, ISO, SOC, and others.

Faculty include Dana Boente, general counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Jason Klitenic, general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI); Brigadier General R. Patrick Huston, US Army; Susan Holliday, advisor, International Financial Corporation, World Bank Group; and Glenn Gerstell, general counsel of the National Security Agency (NSA).

“Overall, the conference was stacked with top-notch practitioners who are in-house, in government and with law firms,” said Marianela Peralta, GC of Allegis Global Solutions. “The level of the presentations was sophisticated and nuanced.... The presenters approached the topics from the legal, operational, current, and future regulatory perspectives, providing us in-house practitioners with practical solutions we could take back to our organizations.”

According to Kia Williams, litigation counsel (labor and employment) at Mattress Firm, Inc, “The summit much needed solutions to complex cybersecurity hurdles. It is invaluable to meet and brainstorm with other in-house attorneys faced with similar issues. I plan to attend the event in the future and I will certainly recommend it to all of my colleagues.”

“Data protection and breaches are top of mind for every company,” said Gretchen Ramos, co-chair of the data, privacy, and cybersecurity group at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. “At a time when new laws are coming into effect and evolving worldwide, the ACC Foundation Cybersecurity Summit allows cybersecurity and data protection professionals come together, share their knowledge, and stay one step ahead.  The ACC Foundation does an excellent job at offering sessions that provide in-house counsel with practical advice and a clear direction on how to manage complex data and security issues.”

For more information, please visit the Summit’s website or contact Sarah Reilly ([email protected]). Please direct all media inquiries to Carlo Massimo ([email protected]) or Dan Weber ([email protected]).

About ACC: The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global legal association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other organisations through information, education, networking, and advocacy. With more than 45,000 members in 85 countries employed by over 10,000 organizations, ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.® For more information, visit and follow ACC on Twitter: @ACCinhouse.



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