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Past Event

Protecting Your Network While Networking: 

An Update on the Changing Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Landscape


Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


The Event was Held at

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
Mars Drinks Conference Center

Empowerment Room

200 S. Broad Street, 7th Floor

Philadelphia, PA  19102

The French-American Chamber of Commerce and the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce partnered to present a dynamic, interactive panel discussion on the latest issues impacting your company or organization's cybersecurity. There was also an update on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that went into effect last year and caught Google off guard with a $57 Million fine in January.

The event was held at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia in the Bellevue. FACC President Jonathan A. Grode, Esq., welcomed the Members and guests and introduced Hans Petter “HP” Andresen, the new President of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, and Michael Scullin, Esq., Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia and Wilmington. 


The discussion featured panelists Rebecca Rakoski, Esq., Co-Founder of XPAN Law Group, Atif Ghauri, Cybersecurity Practice Leader for Mazars USA, and Shiraz Saeed, National Practice Leader, Cyber Risk, for Starr Insurance Companies. The panel was moderated by Jordan Fischer, Esq., Co-Founder of XPAN Law Group.


Some of the interesting topics discussed by the panel included overcoming hurdles to creating a multidisciplinary approach to cybersecurity and data privacy, addressing cyber threats on the horizon for 2019 and 2020, conflicting concerns arising between different sectors of a company, and the impact of the GDPR year after its implementation. Other current topics discussed were new ways to solve security and privacy problems,upcoming regulatory/compliance changes for this year, and considering what role the courts play in forecasting the direction of cybersecurity and privacy litigation.

Guest were encouraged to share their concerns and ask questions to receive guidance to help them navigate the changing data privacy landscape and mitigate the cyber risks that leave your business vulnerable to attack. 

Matt Adams, FACC Co-VP of Programs & Chair of the Young Professionals Committee, thanked the panelists, and announced the FACC’s next event, a Business Networking Party at J'AIME French bakery presented by the FACC Young Professionals on March 7th,and announced the Business Card Drawing for 2 complimentary admissions. HP drew the winning business card and announced congratulations to Caitlyn Eltzholtz, Operations Manager, XPAN Law Group.


  8:30 AM    Registration / Continental Breakfast / Networking

  9:00 AM    Panel Discussion with Q&A 


10:30 AM    Business Card Drawing & More Networking


11:00 AM    Program Concludes

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor:



Merci to Our Supporters:


Meet Our Speakers:


Jordan Louise Fischer, Esq.

Co-founder and Managing Partner


Jordan is Co-founder and Managing Partner of XPAN Law Group, LLC, a women-owned boutique law firm. She focuses her practice on international data privacy and cybersecurity and cross-border data management, with a special emphasis in European Union data privacy regulations and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Jordan has extensive experience in the intersection of law and technology.


Rebecca Rakoski, Esq.

Co-founder and Managing Partner


Rebecca is Co-founder and Managing Partner at XPAN Law Group, LLC, a distinctive women-owned boutique law firm. Her practice is focused exclusively on cybersecurity and data privacy. She understands technology and how it intersects with her client’s legal obligations and liabilities. With nearly two decade worth of litigation experience, Rebecca approaches her client’s issues with a litigator’s eye helping them prevent lawsuits and create a complete solution to their organizations. Rebecca has extensive experience in all aspects of cybersecurity, data privacy and cross border data transfer issues.​


Atif Ghauri, CISSP, CCSA, CISM
Principal, Cybersecurity Practice Leader


Atif Ghauri, CISSP, CCSA, CISM, is Principal, Cybersecurity Practice Leader for Mazars USA, a French-American accounting and consulting firm. He is a renowned cybersecurity expert with 20 years of experience in management consulting, technical and sales operations, product management, and business development. An innovator in cybersecurity, Atif received a patent in security analytics on embedded consumer devices monitoring user activity anomalies. Prior to joining Mazars, Atif led a $250 Million, geographical expansion initiative as CTO of the HERJAVEC GROUP, a global cybersecurity firm best known from TV's Shark Tank. He went on to head sales and strategy for their most profitable and fastest growing business as Senior Vice President of Managed Security Services.  Atif serves as an Adjunct Professor in Cybersecurity at Drexel University. He received a Master’s in Technology Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s from Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University.


Shiraz Saeed
National Practice Leader, Cyber Risk


Shiraz Saeed is the National Practice Leader, Cyber Risk, for Starr Insurance Companies. Through the course of his career, he has earned a reputation for understanding the complexity of the risks businesses face from a technical and organizational perspective. In 2017, Shiraz joined Starr Insurance Companies as the national practice leader for cyber risk, responsible for the strategic direction and expansion of Starr’s cyber risk products and services.

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