In this episode, Brian Hengesbaugh, Global Chair of Data Privacy and Security, is joined by Cy Vance, Global Chair of Cybersecurity based in New York, as they discuss the current cybersecurity threat landscape from a government, enforcement and litigation perspective. Listen in to hear about:

  • Cy’s background as the former Manhattan District Attorney for 12 years, including his experience focusing on cybersecurity issues and building the District Attorney Office’s capability to address emerging threats to critical infrastructure
  • Key steps to prepare for and protect against cyber-attacks in this current threat environment
  • Ransomware payments and what factors organizations may want to consider from both public policy and practical perspectives in deciding whether to pay a ransomware actor

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Brian provides advice on global data privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, digital media, direct marketing information management, and other legal and regulatory issues. He is Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Data Privacy and Security group.


Cyrus Vance Jr. is a partner in Baker McKenzie's North America Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice as well as the Firm's Global Compliance and Investigations Practice. He is based in New York and serves as Global Chair of the Cybersecurity Practice.