Biography

Drawing upon a unique combination of more than twenty years of technical, legal, policy, and business experience, Ms. Westby provides consulting and legal services to public and private sector clients around the world in the areas of privacy, security, cyber governance, incident response, and digital asset inventories and data mapping. Her cyber risk assessment methodology has been used by large multinational corporations in nearly every industry sector.  Her team has deep expertise in assessing industrial control and SCADA systems used in manufacturing, electrical grids, and critical infrastructure sectors. She also serves as Adjunct Professor to the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Computer Science and is a professional blogger for Forbes.

Ms. Westby is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. She serves as chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Privacy and Computer Crime Committee (Science & Technology Law Section) and co-chair of the Cybercrime Committee (Criminal Justice Section) and is serving a third term on the ABA President’s Cybersecurity Task Force.  She co-chaired the World Federation of Scientists’ (WFS) Permanent Monitoring Panel on Information Security and served on the ITU Secretary-General’s High Level Experts Group on Cybersecurity. 

Ms. Westby led the development of the International Toolkit on Cybercrime Legislation and is an editor and co-author of the 2010 WFS-ITU publication, The Quest for Cyber Peace. Ms. Westby is co-author and editor of four books on privacy, security, cybercrime, and enterprise security programs and author of two books on legal issues associated with cybersecurity research, all published by the ABA.  She speaks globally on these issues.

Previously, she launched In-Q-Tel for the CIA, was senior managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, was senior fellow and director of IT Studies for the Progress and Freedom Foundation, and was director of domestic policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Ms. Westby practiced law at Shearman & Sterling and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  B.A., summa cum laude, University of Tulsa; J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center; Order of the Coif.  Ms. Westby is a member of the American Bar Foundation and the Cosmos Club.

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