NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

The Board's role in Cybersecurity

January 13, 2016
Washington, DC



Cybersecurity continues to be an urgent issue for most companies and nonprofits. The significant risks that cyber threats pose are requiring increased investments in the areas of detection and mitigation.  Please join our panel for an interactive discussion on Cybersecurity focused on implications for the boardroom and best practices for board oversight. The panel will provide perspectives on what your board should know about what your organization is doing in respect to Cybersecurity as well as what plans your organization should have in case in case of a breach. The discussion will include perspectives from advisory, legal and insurance leaders that have subject matter expertise in this area,  as well as perspectives from your peers in the audience.  

Location and Time


WilmerHale, LLP
1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

5:30 p.m. Registration and Networking

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Program

7:30 p.m. Reception

Speaker Spotlight


Kevin Morgan, Esq

Kevin Morgan, Esq., is the National Co-Leader of Grant Thornton's Cybersecurity Practice. He focuses on security, privacy and data supply chain management for clients across industries, including Financial Services, Retail, Life Sciences, Consumer Products, Travel and Transportation companies. He brings deep experience in information technology, including transformational services affecting people, process and technology. Kevin has worked extensively in regulatory, compliance as well as commercial off-the-shelf software, which allow clients to achieve greater levels of compliance, quality, efficiency and cost reduction.

Mr. Morgan has a proven track record in Information Systems and Technology Delivery. He has a broad base of application development, softwarepackage implementation and complex problem solving. Simplification, as well as detailed project management, has enabled him to be a trusted advisor to clients over many years, most recently, using predictive analytics, understanding complex data supply chains and delivery of client value. Mr. Morgan has worked with clients across many industries over his 30 years of hands-on experience in Information Technology Services. He was a Vice President at IBM, Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, and employed at both Computer Task Group and NCR where he started his career.

Harriet Pearson, Esq

Harriet Pearson, Esq., Hogan Lovells LLP, focuses her legal practice on cybersecurity and privacy, where she has many years of leading-edge experience. She also provides general advisory services to clients, drawing on two decades of executive-level business and in-house legal experience. She also advises companies and boards of directors on legal risk assessments and mitigation strategies; enterprise-wide governance and compliance programs; security and privacy incident responses and remediation; investigations and enforcement; cross-border data transfers; regulatory compliance; and legislative, regulatory, and self-regulatory processes.

Recognized by Lawdragon in May 2015 as one of the 500 "Leading Lawyers in America" and dubbed by another legal publication as the "First Lady of Privacy," Ms. Pearson is one of the first and longest-serving chief privacy officers in the Fortune 500 and an internationally recognized corporate data privacy and security pioneer. She joined Hogan Lovells in 2012 from the IBM Corporation, where she served as Vice President Security Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer and was responsible for global information policies and practices affecting more than 400,000 employees and thousands of vendors and clients. From 2006-12 she coordinated IBM-wide reporting and response to all data and cyber incidents. She also led IBM's global engagement in public policy and industry initiatives relative to cybersecurity and data privacy, and has extensive experience with the legal and policy issues implicated by the digital age. The multi-disciplinary nature of her executive leadership experience, which includes assignments in senior legal, communications, human resources, and public affairs roles, enables Ms. Pearson to provide clients with uniquely informed and strategic perspectives on some of the most significant issues on today's corporate agendas.

Ms. Pearson co-chairs the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute, serves on the ABA President's Cybersecurity Task Force, and served on the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency. She graduated with honors from the UCLA School of Law and from Princeton University, where she earned a degree in engineering.

Benjamin Powell

Benjamin Powell, Esq., is a partner with WilmerHale in Washington, DC, where he is Co-Chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Communications practice. His practice focuses on cybersecurity, data breach, investigations, national security, regulatory diligence, and international investment issues. He has advised companies on major cybersecurity incidents across many sectors of the economy, including the banking, software, retail, energy, defense and intelligence, media and entertainment, cloud services, government contracting, aerospace, information technology, manufacturing, and travel sectors. He is the editor of a guide to global cybersecurity laws and his work has been recognized in many legal publications. He has handled major investigations and strategic counseling for many of the world’s most prominent companies.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, he served as General Counsel to the first three Directors of National Intelligence after being unanimously confirmed to the position by the U.S. Senate. He previously served as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel. Prior to his service at the White House, he was Corporate Counsel for an enterprise integration software company in Silicon Valley. He has also handled large litigation, including trial work that resulted in the largest antitrust jury verdict in history. Before attending Columbia Law School, he served in the United States Air Force and worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He clerked on the United States Supreme Court for Justices John Paul Stevens and Byron White. He has degrees from the Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.



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