Scott leverages his extensive experience as a former federal cybercrime prosecutor and in senior leadership at the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to advise clients across industries on the full range of privacy and security issues created by global data collection and usage. This includes responding to cyber incidents and managing complex privacy and cyber risk assessments. Scott often defends clients in regulatory investigations from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), State Attorneys General and other federal, state and local regulators and criminal authorities.
Scott has managed numerous cybersecurity incidents, including sophisticated nation-state attacks, ransomware attacks, business email compromises and credential harvesting schemes. In these incidents, Scott has led the response team; overseen the forensic investigation, containment, and remediation efforts; engaged with regulators; coordinated strategic communications and law enforcement outreach; and managed US and international consumer notices.
Scott’s deep experience in incident response and regulatory enforcement informs his broader counseling practice, where he regularly provides risk mitigation strategies, conducts gap analyses, develops global privacy compliance programs and formulates and advances government advocacy strategies for data privacy and security-related issues.
During his more than ten years with DOJ, Scott served in leadership roles, including as an Associate Deputy Attorney General, where he advised the Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General on a range of significant matters, with special emphasis on cyber and national security. Scott was the DOJ lead on White House and interagency policy groups addressing cyber incident response, cyber legislation, public/private partnerships, election integrity and nation-state cyber threats. Scott also served as Counsel for Cyber Investigations in DOJ’s National Security Division (NSD), where he advised federal prosecutors, law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community on cyber matters affecting national security and foreign relations. For six years, Scott was an Assistant US Attorney in Atlanta, where he served as the office’s Computer Hacking/Intellectual Property Coordinator, tried numerous jury trials and briefed and argued multiple cases before the US Circuit Court of Appeals.
While at DOJ, Scott investigated and prosecuted a wide array of criminal and national security cases, including involving international cyber threats, economic espionage, the illegal export of military and strategic commodities, fraud, public corruption and money laundering.
Scott previously served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
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