As a strategic cybersecurity advisor, Aravind collaborates with his clients to proactively plan for a crisis and develop strategies to protect their business and brand. He guides everyone from large public company financial institutions to start-up technology companies to critical infrastructure providers through incidents, and develops business- and brand-centric tactics to mitigate and manage risk. He has directed more than 150 cybersecurity and data breach investigations, including those with national security implications. With extensive trial and litigation experience, he also defends his clients when cyber, privacy, and payments issues lead to regulatory investigations by the SEC, DOJ, FTC, and state Attorneys General and other litigation, including class action litigation and shareholder derivative suits.
Aravind’s background as an Assistant United States Attorney and Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section gives him firsthand understanding of federal agencies that allows him to swiftly navigate the system, partner with investigators and find creative solutions for his clients. As a federal cybercrime prosecutor, Aravind investigated and prosecuted a broad array of cybercrime cases, including hacking, phishing, trade secrets theft, click fraud, cyber threats, and identity theft. Aravind also led the cybercrime outreach program, where he worked with members of the Department of Justice, state and federal regulators, law enforcement and other organizations on cybersecurity and related privacy issues.
Aravind is a sought-after speaker by Boards of Directors and industry professionals on cybersecurity issues, including threat landscapes, incident response plans, compliance, and brand/reputational risk management.
As part of his work to protect communities, he collaborates with pro bono clients like PISCES, an organization which facilitates information sharing between state and local agencies to improve threat intelligence and protect critical government services.
During his time as federal prosecutor in the Complex Crimes Unit, he also investigated and prosecuted a wide array of white-collar crimes, including investment schemes, corporate fraud and embezzlement, securities fraud, tax evasion and the nation’s largest bank failure. Aravind has represented clients in a broad array of civil litigation as well, including securities and shareholder derivative litigation, consumer class action litigation, trade secret litigation, and other complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts, arbitration and mediation, and in proceedings against the SEC and DOJ.
Contributions by Aravind Swaminathan
Privacy Bar Section Forum
Forum Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2020
Save Your (Cyber) Bacon: Keeping CISOs and C-Suiters off the Witness Stand
Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2019
SEC Cybersecurity Enforcement: The New Frontier
Speaker at Privacy. Security. Risk. 2018
Incident Response 3.0—Managing New (Individual) Legal Liability Issues
Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2018
Payment Card Breaches, PCI DSS 3.2 Adoption, and Beyond
Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2017