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Randy V. Sabett

Cooley LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Randy V. Sabett, J.D., CISSP, is Vice Chair of the Privacy & Data Protection practice group at Cooley LLP and has over 20 years of both technical and legal cybersecurity experience.  A former crypto engineer from the NSA, Mr. Sabett’s practice focuses on data protection, privacy, licensing, and IP, dealing with such issues as risk assessment, corporate liability for privacy and data security, identity management, EU data privacy issues, active defense, electronic signatures, state and federal information security laws, and security breaches.  Mr. Sabett has counseled numerous clients on a variety of data breach incidents, involving major commercial retailers, large financial institutions, on-line service providers, and health care organizations.  He served as a Commissioner for the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency and has been recognized as a leader in Privacy and Data Security in the 2007-2014 editions of Chambers USA.  He was also named as the 2013 Information Security Professional of the Year by Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) International.  Mr. Sabett is an adjunct professor at GWU, a member of the Boards of Directors for the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute and the Northern Virginia chapter of ISSA, and a frequent lecturer and author.  Selected works include:

  • “A Fine-Grained Approach for Analyzing Active Cyber Response by the Private Sector” (Co-author) PLI Fifteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law (2014)
  • “Adequate Attribution: A Framework for Developing A National Policy for Private Sector Use of Active Defense” (Co-author) Univ. of Maryland Jr of Business and Technology Law (2013)
  • “The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook” (Contributing Author) (2013)
  • “Sabett’s Brief”Monthly column in the ISSA Journal (2008 – present)
  • “Information Security and Privacy: A Practical Guide for Global Executives, Lawyers and Technologists” American Bar Association (Contributing Author) (2011)
  • “The Third-Party Assurance Model: A Legal Framework for Federated Identity Management” (Co-author) Jurimetrics, Vol. 50, No. 4 (2010)
  • “Beautiful Security” (Contributing Author) O’Reilly Publishing (2009)
  • “Foundations of Digital Evidence” (Contributing Author) (2008)
  • “Metadata: Savior or Pariah?” Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (Sep 2006)
  • “Encyclopedia of Cryptography and Security” (Contributing Author) Springer Publishing (2005)
  • “Internet X.509 PKI Certificate Policy and Certification Practices Framework” [RFC 3647] (Co-author) (2003)
  • “Internet Law and Practice” (Contributing Author), West Group (2002)
  • “Financial Services PKI Policy and Practices Framework” (Co-author) ANSI X9.79 (2001)
  • “Effects of Technology Convergence and PKI on the Practice of Law” UB IP Law Jrnl. (1999)
  • “Key Recovery in a Public Key Infrastructure” (Co-author) Jurimetrics, Vol. 38, No.3 (1998)
  • “PGP:Securing Privacy of Electronic Information” Elec. Banking Law and Rpt. (1997)
  • “Digital Signatures: Next Step in Integrity of Electronic Commerce” Daily Record (1997)
  • “International Harmonization in Electronic Commerce and EDI: A Proposed First Step Toward Signing on the Digital Dotted Line” The American University Law Review (1996)
Mr. Sabett holds two U.S. patents, one in information security and the other in active noise cancellation.  He has appeared on or been quoted in a variety of national media sources. - See more at: www.cooley.com/rsabett.
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