Steven R. Chabinsky | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Steven R. Chabinsky
Steven R. Chabinsky

Steven R. Chabinsky

Partner, New York

Described as “One of the Most Influential People in Security,” Steven Chabinsky is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and serves as a trusted authority in cybersecurity.

Overview

Steve is a partner and the Chair of the Firm's Global Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. Steve advises domestic and international businesses on the wide range of data and network security compliance and risk management issues that enterprises face globally.

Clients benefit from Steve's extensive private sector and government experience focused on cybersecurity risks. His expertise includes cyber preparedness, incident response, information governance, data privacy, data breach regulatory response, government and internal investigations, reputation management, and the cybersecurity fiduciary duties of directors and officers.

A distinguished and trusted authority in the technology industry, Steve has dedicated nearly his entire career to cybersecurity. He has helped shape many of the nation's significant cyber and infrastructure protection strategies, including the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (2008). His impressive track record includes leading national intelligence efforts to coordinate, monitor and provide recommendations to the President of the United States regarding implementation of America's national cyber strategy.

Steve also is the cyber columnist for Security magazine.

Prior to joining White & Case, Steve served as General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer for an international cybersecurity technology firm, where he led the company's legal, privacy and risk programs and advised clients and their counsel on ways to protect their networks from being hacked and to respond effectively in the event of a data breach.

Before working in the private sector, Steve served as Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI's Cyber Division, after having organized and led its Cyber Intelligence program and after having served as the FBI's top cyber lawyer. He also served as the senior cyber advisor to the United States Director of National Intelligence.

Prior to his work with the FBI, Steve held a clerkship with the Honorable Dennis Jacobs in the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, Duke University School of Law
  • BA, Duke University

Languages

  • English

Experience

Appointed Commissioner, President's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity (2016)

Member, Commission on Cybersecurity for the 45th Presidency, Center for Strategic and International Studies (2016)

Testified before the United States Senate, "Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships to Reduce Cyber Risks to Our Nation's Critical Infrastructure." (2014)

Testified before the United States House of Representatives: "Can Technology Protect Americans from International Cybercriminals?" (2014)

Testified before the United States Senate, "Cybersecurity: Preventing Terrorist Attacks and Protecting Privacy Rights in Cyberspace." (2009)

Served in the White House Transition Planning Office for the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) (2002–2003)

Led the FBI's national expansion and development of InfraGard, a critical infrastructure partnership between the government and the private sector (1998)

Speaking Engagements

"How the Next President Will Deal with Obama's Cybersecurity Legacy?", May 17–18, 2016: BankInfoSecurity Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit 2016, Tysons Corner, VA

"Inside Today's FBI: Tales from the Dark Web", January 21, 2016: Newseum

"Top Ten Cybersecurity Myths: A Challenge to Conventional Wisdom" , September 1, 2015: Information Systems Security Association Mid-Atlantic Security Conference, Gettysburg, MD

"Privacy and Security Roundtable" , September 16, 2014: 5th Annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit,
Washington, DC

"Chinese Hackers and Cyberattacks", July 29, 2014: CBC News Network, The National, with Ian Hanomansing

"Why Are Hackers Targeting Retailers?", January 13, 2014: Fox Business

"Cybersecurity Strategy – Why We’re Losing and What’s Needed to Win", October 22, 2013: cybergamut Technical Tuesdays

"War Game: Cyber Attack Scenario", October 3, 2013: The Washington Post Live's Cybersecurity Summit

"Stock Exchanges at Risk from Cyber Attacks?", July 17, 2013: Fox Business

"Companies Look to Government for Help in Dealing with Cyberattacks", March 16, 2013: CBS Evening News

Publications

  • Game Time: The Role of Special Teams in Incident Response, Security, November 1, 2016
  • The Case for Lawyers as Cyber Risk Leaders, Today's General Counsel, December/January 2016
  • Making Sense of Data Privacy CLAUSES, Security, December 1, 2015
  • Opinion: Timing is everything for securing wireless communications, The Christian Science Monitor, July 13, 2015
  • Adjust Your Cyber Insurance Expectations, Security, June 1, 2015
  • The Top 10 Cybersecurity Myths, Part 2, Security, May 1, 2015
  • The Top 10 Cybersecurity Myths, Part 1, Security, April 1, 2015
  • Advising Lawyers on Technology?, CIOReview, December 2014
  • Improving Network Security and Efficiency with the Cloud, Security, November 1, 2014
  • Cybersecurity Strategy: A Primer for Policy Makers and Those on the Front Line, Journal of National Security Law & Policy, August 13, 2010

Awards & Recognition

Wash100 Inductee as Cybersecurity Business, Policy and Thought Leader, Executive Mosaic and GovConExec, 2014

National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Director of National Intelligence, 2012

Public/Private Sector Partnership Award, Financial Services Information Sharing & Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), 2012

Most Influential People in Security, Security Magazine, 2012

Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive, President of the United States, 2010

National Security Agency Bronze Medallion, Director, National Security Agency, 2009