As companies have poured resources into their network defenses against distant hackers, they often neglect the equal threat posed by those within their network walls—employees who already have privileged access to proprietary systems and whose activity often goes undetected by security systems designed to identify outside attackers. The insider threat not only requires a different security posture, but also raises a host of unique issues when it comes to incident response.
This panel, including attorneys William Ridgeway and Doug Nemec, will walk through an incident response scenario and discuss best practices for mitigating damage and reducing legal exposure from an insider attack.
William E. Ridgway is a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial and appellate lawyer whose practice focuses on cybersecurity and data privacy matters, white collar crime and intellectual property litigation.
Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Ridgway was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, where he served as the Deputy Chief of the National Security and Cybercrimes Section. In this role, he oversaw and managed all of the office’s cybercrime, data breach and intellectual property cases. Mr. Ridgway also held the positions of National Security Cyber Specialist and Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In his eight years as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Ridgway tried numerous cases and handled a wide range of high-profile cybercrime and intellectual property cases, including the prosecution of an international cybercrime ring responsible for stealing over $100 million, as well as prosecutions of the leaders of two prominent hacking groups for hundreds of cyberattacks that targeted businesses, nonprofits and government bodies around the globe. Mr. Ridgway also led the prosecution of the operators of one of the world’s largest online piracy rings. Other notable matters Mr. Ridgway was involved in include several national security cases, as well as the prosecutions of a prominent Chicago restaurateur for corporate fraud, a leader of the Mexican Zetas cartel and his associates for money laundering, and an international document fraud ring for racketeering and murder.
Mr. Ridgway also argued a number of cases on appeal before the 7th and 2nd Circuits, including appeals involving matters of national security, the First Amendment and online freedom of speech, and the extraterritorial reach of the racketeering statute.
Mr. Ridgway has received numerous awards and recognition throughout his career, including the Director’s Award for Superior Performance from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys for prosecuting an international racketeering enterprise (2015) and the Chicago Crime Commission’s Stars of Distinction Award for the prosecution of criminal enterprises operating in Chicago (2009 and 2010). He also was selected as a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow in its 2017 class.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Ridgway served as a law clerk for Hon. Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and then for Hon. Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Mr. Ridgway also has been a lecturer at University of Chicago Law School since 2011, where he teaches a class on cybercrime.
Douglas R. Nemec concentrates on intellectual property litigation and related counseling, including providing intellectual property advice in connection with corporate transactions.
Mr. Nemec has litigated numerous cases in a wide range of technologies, from pharmaceuticals and other chemicals to IT and electronics. He has particular experience in life sciences matters, including patent litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Mr. Nemec also is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he represents clients in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and other matters.
He is a member of the Skadden group recognized by BTI Consulting Group as one of the top legal advisers general counsel turn to for pharmaceutical work; by Law360 among its 2015 Technology Practice Groups of the Year for courtroom victories in the technology sector; and by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s leading IP practices in its IP Hot List for multiple years. Mr. Nemec also was named as a 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group. He also has been recognized as a leader in IP by Managing IP, LMG Life Sciences andIntellectual Asset Management. He is frequently involved with life sciences matters that the group handles, including defense of patent infringement claims, enforcement of patent and other IP rights and inter partes reviews related to the treatment of a variety of ailments and diseases.
More litigation oriented than I expected, but still very good and informative