Joel Schwarz

J.D., CIPP, CDPSE, Director & Privacy and Data Protection Lead, MBL Technologies

Joel is an experienced consultant and attorney with MBL Technologies where serves as a Director, as well as MBL’s Data Protection and Privacy Capability Lead, specializing in privacy, data protection, data ethics, cybersecurity, cyber intelligence and compliance oversight. Joel is also an Adjunct Professor at Albany Law School, where he develops and teaches Masters-level courses on cybercrime, cybersecurity and privacy.  Previously Joel was an intelligence community privacy officer, and a cyber prosecutor with the Justice Department and the New York State Attorney General’s office.  He’s a certified information privacy professional (CIPP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) by ISACA.

Joel frequently speaks and writes on privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies matters, and has published in a range of journals and online fora, to include The Hill, Bloomberg, Education Week, the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Privacy Advisor, etc. (see

Prior to MBL, Joel was Managing Partner for The Schwarz Group LLC, and before that, Senior Director, Global Internet Enforcement & Data Analytics for BSA | The Software Alliance.

He has also spent over a dozen years in the federal government, to include serving as the Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer for the National Counterterrorism Center, an office that he stood up and led, as well as an Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. Earlier in his career, Joel was Special Counsel for Internet Matters for the Securities Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office and Assistant Attorney General for the Internet Bureau.  

My Sessions
June 23, 2021 1:00 PM
Phishing, Ransomware Prevention Plans and Staying One Step Ahead of Cybercriminals

According to the FBI, phishing was the most common type of cybercrime in 2020 and nearly doubled in frequency to 241,324 incidents last year. But why are criminals increasingly looking to phishing to carry out attacks. This panel will examine the phenomenon and look at what organisations and businesses can do to strengthen their defences.

Speakers include: