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As an unprecedented year drew its last, gasping breath, all one could know with any certainty going into 2021 was that the turbulence of last year had not met its end. With vaccine-mania sweeping the globe and obscuring most other newsworthy events, many may have overlooked the SolarWinds attack, which came to light in early December 2020.

Although reports only recently surfaced, security and industry experts are speculating that the attack on SolarWinds Orion may have compromised as many as 18,000 companies and government entities utilizing the platform, beginning as early as October 2019.  What’s more, the news coverage to date has largely focused on the impact of the attacks for U.S. entities using Orion. In fact, the attacks have a far wider reach, and Israeli companies, whether or not SolarWinds users, are well-advised to consider the impact on their own organizations.

We encourage you to read the article, “The Compromise of SolarWinds Orion,” published in Wolters Kluwer’s Strategic Perspectives or view the SolarWinds Orion Data Security Update webinar hosted by GT Shareholders Gretchen Ramos, Jena Valdetero, and David Zetoony, where they discuss the SolarWinds Orion attack, legal considerations, next steps for companies directly impacted, and why companies who are not SolarWinds customers should care.

Greenberg Traurig’s Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity team is advising various organizations on a multitude of matters stemming from the SolarWinds attack. For more information, please reach out to Devora Snyder in our Tel Aviv office. To subscribe to future Data Privacy updates, click here.

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Photo of Devora Snyder-Shefer Devora Snyder-Shefer

Devora Y. Snyder focuses her technology practice on emerging technology, data privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property, with an emphasis on IT, technology licensing and privacy in the financial services and health care industries, as well as advertising and promotions, social networking, media, venture…

Devora Y. Snyder focuses her technology practice on emerging technology, data privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property, with an emphasis on IT, technology licensing and privacy in the financial services and health care industries, as well as advertising and promotions, social networking, media, venture capital and M&A. In this capacity, she counsels both established and emerging growth companies throughout the world including the U.S., Israel, China, Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Photo of Gretchen A. Ramos Gretchen A. Ramos

Gretchen A. Ramos is Co-Chair of the Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice and focuses her practice on privacy, cybersecurity, and information management. A creative problem-solver with a long track record of success in commercial disputes, she never loses sight of the simple fact…

Gretchen A. Ramos is Co-Chair of the Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice and focuses her practice on privacy, cybersecurity, and information management. A creative problem-solver with a long track record of success in commercial disputes, she never loses sight of the simple fact that she works in a service industry. Clients appreciate not only her legal skills, but also her direct, no-nonsense approach to client service, including her bullet-pointed emails, snapshot executive summaries, and creativity in finding ways to streamline communications for in-house counsel with dozens of other projects—and little time—on their hands.

Gretchen’s clients come from diverse industries, including technology (SaaS), health care and life sciences, consumer products, manufacturing, academic institutions, and non-profits. She provides clients with practical business advice on compliance with state and federal U.S. laws, GDPR, APEC, and other global privacy laws in relation to their external and internal privacy and security procedures, product and app development, and advertising practices. Gretchen also regularly drafts and negotiates contracts concerning data-related vendors, assists clients in assessing privacy risks in corporate transactions, and provides guidance on and conducts privacy and security assessments. She has managed dozens of data breaches, and helps clients prepare for and immediately respond to security incidents and breaches.

Photo of Jena M. Valdetero Jena M. Valdetero

Jena M. Valdetero serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s U.S. Data, Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice where she advises clients on complex data privacy and security issues. She has led more than 1,000 data breach investigations. A litigator by background, Jena defends companies against…

Jena M. Valdetero serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s U.S. Data, Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice where she advises clients on complex data privacy and security issues. She has led more than 1,000 data breach investigations. A litigator by background, Jena defends companies against privacy and data breach litigation, with an emphasis on class action lawsuits. She has designed and conducted dozens of data breach tabletop exercises to empower clients to respond effectively to a data security incident. She also counsels companies on data privacy and security compliance programs and advises on cyber risks associated with mergers and transactions. Jena also advises a diverse array of clients on compliance with existing and emerging privacy laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). She is a certified privacy professional through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US), for which she is a former KnowledgeNet Co-Chair.
Jena is a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion. She currently serves as a board member of the Chicago chapter of Women in Law Empowerment Forum.

Photo of David A. Zetoony David A. Zetoony

David Zetoony, Co-Chair of the firm’s U.S. Data, Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, focuses on helping businesses navigate data privacy and cyber security laws from a practical standpoint. David has helped hundreds of companies establish and maintain ongoing privacy and security programs, and he

David Zetoony, Co-Chair of the firm’s U.S. Data, Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, focuses on helping businesses navigate data privacy and cyber security laws from a practical standpoint. David has helped hundreds of companies establish and maintain ongoing privacy and security programs, and he has defended corporate privacy and security practices in investigations initiated by the Federal Trade Commission, and other data privacy and security regulatory agencies around the world, as well as in class action litigation.

David receives regular recognitions from clients and peers for his knowledge and experience in the fields of data privacy and security. The National Law Journal named him a “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer,” JD Supra recognized him four times as one of the most widely read names when it comes to data privacy, cyber security, or the collection and use of data, and Lexology identified him six times as the top “legal influencer” in the area of technology, media, and telecommunications in the United States, the European Union, and in the context of cross-border transfers of information. He is the author of the American Bar Associations primary publication on the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and is writing the American Bar Associations primary publication on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).