Joel Schwarz, JD, CIPP, CDPSE

Director, MBL Technologies and Adjunct Law Professor; Ex-Federal Cyber Prosecutor

Joel Schwarz 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.

Mr. Schwarz 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
September 23, 2021 4:00 PM
Social Media Data Breaches: Serious or Just a "Scrape"? (Sponsored by PKWARE)

In August, Facebook suspended the accounts of NYU researchers who were investigating political ads on the social media platform.  Facebook stated that the researchers were “gathered data by creating a browser extension that was programmed to evade our detection systems and scrape data such as usernames, ads, links to user profiles”.  But the discussions and arguments around scraping does not end there, as there are endless questions on its legality, and the fact that big companies use this BUT don't want it used against them.  This panel will explore recent social media data breaches vs the legality of scraping - is this serious or not?

Speakers Include:

Host: Joel Schwarz, Director, MBL Technologies and Adjunct Law Professor; Ex-Federal Cyber Prosecutor

Victoria van Roosmalen, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPP/C, CIPM, CIPT, FIP, CDPSE, CISO & DPO, Coosto

Rachel Glasser, Chief Privacy Officer, Magnite

Michael Phillips, Chief Claims Officer, Resilience Insurance

September 22, 2021 8:00 PM
Ransomware is not out of control, it is everything from cryptocurrencies to users

This panel will explore a controversial topic: what is more out of control at the moment, ransomware attacks or our susceptibility due to outside forces such as cryptocurrencies and the very users/staff of our companies?

Speakers Included:

Host: Annick O'Brien, CCO, CybSafe

Dominic Vogel, Founder & Chief Strategist, CyberSC

Joel Schwarz, Director, MBL Technologies and Adjunct Law Professor; Ex-Federal Cyber Prosecutor

Chris Painter, Ex-US Prosecutor/ex-White House, Cybersecurity Expert

Dr. Richard Forno, Principal Lecturer, CSEEDirector, Graduate Cybersecurity ProgramAssistant Director, UMBC Center for Cybersecurity