About the Conference

  • 10.75 OH CLE Credit Hours approved
  • 10.0 IAPP CPE credits pending (CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT)

A truly cross-sector event, CSU College of Law’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference is one of the leading educational and networking events in the Great Lakes region and features rich content of interest to legal and compliance professionals, information technology and security experts, and executives responsible for developing security and privacy policies.

In-person and livestream attendance options.

Registration opens at 7:30 am each day in the law school atrium. Program begins at 8:00 am each day.

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Cyber+ Law Students Scholarship Fund

The Center is partnering with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Cyber+ Section to fund the Cyber+ Law Student Scholarship Fund. This fund will provide financial support to CSU College of Law students and students from other local law schools who are pursuing professional interests in Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and Emerging Technologies.

Keynotes and Featured Speakers

Kirk Herath

Cybersecurity Strategic Advisor for the State of Ohio

Kirk Herath was recently appointed as the State of Ohio’s first Cybersecurity Strategic Advisor by Governor Mike DeWine. Prior to his appointment, he was a Principal with Pillars Consulting Group. He recently retired as Vice-President, Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for Nationwide Insurance Companies and affiliates based in Columbus, Ohio.

For over two decades, Herath was responsible for all legal issues at a Fortune 100 financial services company impacting various cybersecurity matters. He was responsible for corporate privacy policy, data and security incident management and implementing privacy across all lines of business. Herath has represented clients on many industry privacy and Cybersecurity policy groups and before legislative and regulatory bodies.

Currently, Herath is Chairman of CyberOhio, Ohio’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board, and a member of the InnovateOhio Advisory Board under the direction of Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Governor Mike DeWine. He is Past President and past board member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is still active within the association. He also served on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2011. Herath edited the privacy practitioners’ bible, “How to Build a Privacy Program”, published by the IAPP Press.

Stephen Viña

Senior Advisor, Office of the National Cyber Director, The White House

Stephen Vina is the Assistant National Cyber Director for Legislative Affairs at the Office of the National Cyber Director in the Executive Office of the President. Previously, Stephen was a Senior Vice President at Marsh, where he served as a cyber insurance broker and claims specialist. Prior to joining Marsh, Stephen spent nearly fifteen years on Capitol Hill advising Members of Congress on security issues. During this time, Stephen helped pass several major pieces of cyber legislation and held leadership positions in both the House and Senate, including Chief Counsel for Homeland Security on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Subcommittee Staff Director on the House Committee on Homeland Security. Stephen began his professional career at the Congressional Research Service where he focused on homeland security matters. Stephen is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and holds a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas (now Texas A&M University School of Law).

Deven McGraw

Lead for Data Stewardship and Data Sharing – Invitae, AcademyHealth

Deven McGraw is the lead for Data Stewardship and Data Sharing at Invitae, a clinical genetic medicine company. Previously, she co-founded and served as Chief Regulatory Officer for Ciitizen, a platform for patients to gather their health information, prior to its acquisition by Invitae.  From 2015-2017, she directed U.S. health privacy and security as Deputy Director, Health Information Privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights and Chief Privacy Officer (Acting) of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.  She was recently appointed by GAO to the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee.  Widely recognized for her expertise in health privacy, she directed the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology for six years, testifying before Congress on health privacy issues on multiple occasions and leading the privacy and security policy work for the HITECH Health IT Policy Committee.  She is currently serving on the Data and Surveillance Workgroup of the CDC’s Advisory Committee to the Director on CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative and served on the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee’s Adopted Standards Task Force.  She has also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Partnership for Women and Families and, before joining federal government service, advised health industry clients on HIPAA compliance and data governance while a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.  Deven graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and has a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

Terin Williams

Cyber Security Advisor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Terin Williams serves as the Cyber Security Advisor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Terin is responsible for bringing together critical infrastructure owners/operators with federal, state, local, and other stakeholders to maximize collaboration and minimize cyber risk in the State of Ohio.

Prior to this position, Terin was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Ohio Army National Guard who had oversight of the Ohio Guard cyber forces. She was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Ohio Army National Guard previous to the CIO position and served as the cyber team lead. Additionally, she serves as the Industrial Defense Sector Lead for the Columbus chapter of INFRAGARD.

A current member of the Army National Guard, she is the Brigade Commander of the first and the only Cyber Brigade in the Army National Guard that spans thirty-one states. She has had multiple deployments and has multiple military awards. She led the national Cyber Shield exercise from 2017 through 2020.

She holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance from the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. Some certifications include (but not limited to): CISSP, CISM, GCIH, GCIA, C|EH, and ISA Cybersecurity Maintenance Specialist.

Jon Miller Steiger

Director of the East Central Region , Federal Trade Commission

Jon Miller Steiger is the Director of the East Central Region of the Federal Trade Commission, based in Cleveland, Ohio. The East Central Region covers consumer protection law enforcement and education for Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School, and then clerked for Judge Avern Cohn in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Steiger started his legal career at the Federal Trade Commission’s headquarters, in Washington, DC. He returned home to Cleveland in 2001, with his wife and two children, staying with the FTC as a litigator before becoming Assistant Regional Director in 2005, and Director in 2009.

Peter Senechalle

Staff Attorney, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Peter Senechalle is Senior Counsel in the SEC’s Enforcement Division based in the Chicago Regional Office. He works on investigations and litigation involving violations of the federal securities laws. From January 2020 until August 2022, Pete was a member of the division’s Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit, where he focused on matters involving cybersecurity and offerings of crypto assets. Pete has also handled matters involving insider trading, cherry-picking and misappropriation of assets. He was part of the team that litigated SEC v. Jammin’ Java, et al., which resulted in judgments against an issuer and nine individuals arising out of a $78 million pump-and-dump scheme.

Before joining the SEC, Pete practiced in the white collar and securities defense group at McDermott Will & Emery, where he focused on government and internal investigations and civil litigation. Pete received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2009. After law school, Pete clerked for Judge William J. Bauer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Daniel J. Riedl

Department of Justice

Dan Riedl is the Chief of the National Security and Cyber Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio.  He specializes in cases involving ransomware, malware and theft of intellectual property.  Prior to moving to Cleveland, he was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Franklin County, Ohio, and a Special Prosecutor for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.  Dan received his BA in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame and his JD from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.    

Lydia F. de la Torre

Founder, Golden Data Law

Born and raised in Spain, Lydia was licensed as an attorney there and started her career working for the large Spanish law firm Garrigues as a corporate and tax attorney. After obtaining her L.L.M. at Santa Clara University School of Law in IP, she gained valuable experience working in the privacy law departments at both EBay and PayPal. Her long-range goal, however, was to ultimately start her own firm.

With an eye toward eventually accomplishing her goal, Lydia worked in-house with organizations ranging from pre-IPO start-ups to well-established Fortune 500 companies in a multitude of industries, including e-commerce, fintech and computer hardware. This experience provided her with a direct understanding of client concerns.

Most recently, Lydia was of counsel at Squire Patton Boggs. providing strategic privacy compliance advice related to US and EU privacy, including data protection and cybersecurity law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), other states’ privacy and cyber laws, US financial privacy laws, and marketing and advertising compliance, as well as information security.

Ultimately, Lydia’s training and experience culminated in the establishment of her firm, Golden Data Law where she expertly and effectively guides her clients to enable ethical uses of data for the common good.

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