Eric Friedberg is a seasoned executive with 30 years of public and private sector experience in law, cyber-crime response, IT security, forensics, investigations and e-discovery. His expertise is sought by boards, audit committees, law firms, and the courts. He has helped many Fortune 500 companies improve their governance and technology initiatives and their cyber regulatory compliance. He has led Stroz Friedberg over 16 years from a start-up into a $150m, 550-person consulting and technical services firm with nine U.S. and four foreign offices. While always a principal business developer and leader of major client assignments, he has overseen geographic and service line growth, M&A, infusions of $150m in private equity capital, board interactions and, in late 2016, the sale of the company to Aon plc. Before the sale, Mr. Friedberg was an officer and director of Stroz Friedberg, and a member of the compensation committee.
Before building Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Friedberg was for 11 years a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, where he led the Computer Crime and Narcotics Units. He began his career as an intellectual property and securities litigator at Skadden, Arps.
Mr. Friedberg is national leader in all forms of computer crime, including attacks by state-sponsored agents, organized crime, hacktivists, and malicious insiders. He has led responses to some of the most serious attacks on the nation’s companies and has conducted enterprise security risk assessments in many sectors, including financial, media and entertainment, Internet, sports, health care, law, consulting, oil and gas, and engineering. He is an expert in incident response governance, technologies, policies, and procedures. He has been quoted extensively on cyber-crime and IT security issues in print, digital and television media, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New York Times, cnbc.com, and Fox Business News.
Mr. Friedberg is also a leader in the fields of e-discovery, forensics and privacy, having managed hundreds of high-profile assignments in those areas, testified as an expert, been appointed by courts as a Special Master, and led the development of methodologies for forensic and privacy investigations. He has lectured extensively and has published book chapters and articles on managing risk and conducting investigations in e-discovery and forensics. He is a member of the advisory board of the privacy think tank, The Future of Privacy Forum, and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is a former member of the Sedona Conference’s Working Group 6, which develops e-discovery standards.
At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Friedberg was a cybercrime, white collar crime, and narcotics prosecutor and worked extensively with the D.E.A., F.B.I., and U.S. Secret Service. He was also a member of the New York Electronic Crimes Task Force. His most prominent case was the investigation, prosecution and conviction of six accomplices who assassinated a former editor of the New York City Spanish daily newspaper El Diario on orders of the Cali Cartel in retaliation for unfavorable news coverage. For his leadership of the case, Mr. Friedberg received the 1994 Department of Justice Award for Superior Performance. In the cyber arena, Mr. Friedberg investigated and prosecuted cases involving hacking, denial of service attacks, propagation of malicious viruses, illegal data wiretapping, and cyber-extortion.
Mr. Friedberg holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. from Brandeis University.