Jody Westby

CEO, Global Cyber Risk LLC

Drawing upon a unique combination of more than twenty years of technical, legal, policy, and business experience, Jody founded Global Cyber Risk LLC (GCR) in 2000.  GCR provides first-tier advisory and technical services to organizations in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, cyber governance, incident response, and digital asset inventories and data mapping.  Her team has deep expertise in assessing industrial control and SCADA systems used in manufacturing, utility grids, and critical infrastructure sectors. Jody also serves as Adjunct Professor to the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Computer Science. She is a professional blogger for Forbes and writes a regular column for Leader’s Edge magazine on cybersecurity issues.  

Jody is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. She serves as chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Privacy and Computer Crime Committee (Science & Technology Law Section) and co-chair of the Cybercrime Committee (Criminal Justice Section) and has served four terms on the ABA President’s Cybersecurity Task Force.  She co-chaired the World Federation of Scientists’ (WFS) Permanent Monitoring Panel on Information Security and served on the ITU Secretary-General’s High Level Experts Group on Cybersecurity.  

Jody led the development of the International Toolkit on Cybercrime Legislation and is an editor and co-author of the 2010 WFS-ITU publication, The Quest for Cyber Peace. She is co-author and editor of four books on privacy, security, cybercrime, and enterprise security programs and author of two books on legal issues associated with cybersecurity research, all published by the ABA.  She speaks globally on these issues. 

Previously, she launched In-Q-Tel for the CIA, was senior managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, was senior fellow and director of IT Studies for the Progress and Freedom Foundation, and was director of domestic policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Jody practiced law at Shearman & Sterling and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  

She earned a B.A., summa cum laude, University of Tulsa and J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center and was named to the Order of the Coif.  She was elected a member of the American Bar Foundation and the Cosmos Club.

My Sessions
June 24, 2021 4:00 PM
Politics, Economics, Social: Russia’s State-Led Cyber Espionage and Influence Operations

Whether it be the SolarWinds attack, the 2016 US election interference, or a number of other cyber operations over the past few years, there’s a growing perception/reality that Russia is increasingly flexing its cyber muscles internationally, using the lessons its learned through years of focused cyber-attacks and influence operations in Ukraine and other regional adversaries.  While those familiar with Russian operations and thinking will tell you that Russia’s goals include sowing doubt in Democracy, sabotaging transatlantic cooperation between the US and its partners, and bolstering a perception that Russia remains a super power, the question is what does this all mean to companies, Western governments and even the average citizen?  What are the risks that a company/companies might be caught in the middle and be Russia’s next target(s). What’s the risk of escalation, such as a cyber incident crossing over into a real-world military or nuclear standoff? And how do we realistically stop these cyber influence operations? This panel will discuss Russia's recent operations, what their strategy is, presentable challenges and solutions, potential escalation concerns, and what the rest of the 2020's could herald?

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