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Matthew Gardner Named ‘Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer’ by The National Law Journal

December 15, 2015

Matthew J. Gardner, of counsel in Wiley Rein’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations and Cybersecurity, Data & Network Security practices, has been recognized as one of the nation’s top “Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazers” for 2015 by The National Law Journal (NLJ). Mr. Gardner is among a select group of 50 honorees on this inaugural list who have “helped make a difference in the fight against criminal cyber activity and towards adding much needed layers of data security in an increasingly digital world of commerce,” NLJ said in a special edition published yesterday.

Mr. Gardner’s practice focuses on defending criminal and civil government enforcement actions, managing internal investigations regarding data breaches, and providing advice and litigation assistance on cybersecurity issues. The article pointed to Mr. Gardner’s work before law school setting up firewalls for a tech startup, which gave him his first taste of the challenges system administrators face in protecting their websites from hackers. The piece went on to discuss his nine years of experience as a federal prosecutor, where he spent most of his time prosecuting computer crimes. “The forensics side of it appealed to me,” Mr. Gardner said. He also worked with forensics experts to research browsing histories, search terms, and email artifacts to determine a defendant’s state of mind and intent. “Sometimes they were sophisticated and used proxies to hide who they were. We had to overcome these obstacles to make a case.”

NLJ discussed Mr. Gardner’s belief that in the future, more disgruntled employees or competitors will turn to hacking either to “vent anger” or “gain competitive advantage.” Mr. Gardner emphasized that lawyers are going to need a “basic understanding of [computer] forensics” to make legal decisions such as whether to sue an employee, take action against a competitor, or call law enforcement.

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