Wendy T. Wu is a Vice President in Stroz Friedberg’s Los Angeles office, where she directs engagements involving cybercrime and data breach response, information security, digital forensics, intellectual property protection, and electronic discovery. Ms. Wu has more than 15 years of legal and investigative experience having served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) and a white-collar criminal and civil litigator.
Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Ms. Wu was an AUSA in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where she most recently served in the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section. She also served as a member of the Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force, an inter-agency cybercrime response organization. As an AUSA, Ms. Wu conducted and supervised investigations and prosecutions of computer intrusions, extortionate denial of service attacks, computer and Internet fraud, criminal copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets, cyber exploitation of victims, financial fraud, and other abuses involving the theft and use of personal identity. Among her notable cyber cases, Ms. Wu was lead counsel in the first criminal trial involving violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; prosecuted the operator of the now-defunct “revenge porn” website, isanyoneup.com; and supervised an international investigation involving the use of hired hackers to launch computer attacks against healthcare companies. She trained new prosecutors regarding electronic surveillance and data privacy issues, and served as formal mentor to new prosecutors during trial. During her tenure as an AUSA, Ms. Wu also served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, where she focused on prosecuting large scale drug trafficking and gang related offenses.
“Breaking Barriers To Collaborate with the C-suite”
Whether it is a direct attack on business executives via cyber extortion that ranges from ransomware to “whaling” or rogue access that employs malware or CSRFs, the threats and frequency continue to grow and evolve. A variety of post-mortem analysis of breaches reveals that the lack of collaboration between the CISO and (non-security) executives can create blind spots, barriers and the inability to keep pace with attackers resulting in losses of revenue, brand value, and operations.
Only recently is cybersecurity starting to be seen as a significant threat to business objectives within the C-suite. But, are CISOs getting the support they need and whose responsibility is it to navigate a successful collaboration model? Perhaps the bigger question is how.
The C-suite typically demands a bulleted summary of the risks and solutions, leaving CISOs with reduced capacity to disclose the true state of their organizational resilience and the support that is required to be successful. The goals of the session will be to provide insightful and actionable advice that can be used to further engage and gain the support of the C-suite throughout the various lifecycle stages of planning, operation, incident response and remediation of a security program. On this journey Wendy will discuss various C-suite stakeholder profiles, their varying organizational objectives, priorities, and how to successfully elevate security beyond the bullet points and compliance checkboxes.