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PLTG Security Experts Panel - Your Role in Changing Your Firm’s Security Culture

  • 10 Feb 2023
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online - Link in registration confirmation and reminder emails.


  • Members associated with a law firm in the greater New York metropolitan area, which includes the tri-state area of New Jersey, Connecticut and New York
  • Members associated with a vendor or independent consultants that provide technology services to law firms in the greater New York metropolitan area which includes the tri-state area of New Jersey, Connecticut and New York

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Most law firms understand that security awareness is critically important. Perhaps some of them feel overwhelmed by the situation, some have become numb to the threat, and some don’t see training as the solution (“it’s an IT issue – go fix it”).  Join a panel discussion with experts having a variety of concentrations, on how we can build into our firm a culture and understanding that each of us plays an important role. How does one convey that ongoing education is the #1 way to increase our security profile?

Want to learn more about security culture in organizations? The 2022 Security Culture Report (SCR) is the largest, globally recognized research into security awareness, behavior and culture available. The SCR offers unique insights into how employees view security within their organizations, and provides a number of key resources essential in understanding and measuring an organization’s security culture

This event is from 9:30 - 11:00, but join us from 9:00 - 9:30 for the Social Time Topic: Security breaches, phishing successes, cyber-attack horror stories – share your lessons learned and learn from your peers!


John Attinger (Senior Director of Training; Wilson Allen Training)

John is the Senior Director of Training & Security at Wilson Allen, which specializes in technology consulting / training / security awareness for law firms. Prior to Wilson Allen, John was a partner at Capensys, and also worked in-house at three global laws firm for 15 years in IT applications training and management roles. John managed a global team of 7 trainers, oversaw training-related projects, incorporated new technologies and creative ideas into the training program, and designed a corporate online university.

John’s client responsibilities include managing global technology rollouts and providing change management and security awareness consulting. He is responsible for developing new business, managing existing relationships, and helping the company navigate the changing legal vertical.

John holds a BA in History from UC Berkeley, and an M. Ed. from Teachers College, Columbia University, where his work included several courses in designing and delivering adult education programs.

In addition to giving security awareness presentations at client firms, John has been a regular attendee and a speaker at industry events hosted by the International Legal Technology Association, the Professional Legal Trainers Group, and the Association for Training & Development.

Vern Cole (Information Security Officer; Perkins Coie LLP)

Vern is the Information Security Officer at Perkins Coie LLP. Vern joined Perkins Coie in 2010, a Seattle-based law firm, known for its marquee list of high-tech clients and is based in the firm’s Seattle office. He has more than 25 years of experience providing risk management and information governance leadership. Previous to Perkins Coie, Vern was the CSO for Varolii, a Seattle based technology enterprise, and Director of Western Consulting at VeriSign.

Joanna Huisman (Senior Vice President of Strategic Insights and Research; KnowB4)

Joanna is Senior Vice President of Strategic Insights and Research at KnowBe4. She is a cybersecurity, marketing and training/communications professional with over 20 years of experience in strategic, internal and customer-facing engagements in the financial services/tech industries with added experience in sales, operations and organizational development. Huisman was previously senior research director at Gartner in the areas of security awareness, education, behavior management, culture, crisis communications, security and risk program management. Prior to that, she was senior director of global security communications, training and awareness for ADP. Huisman's expertise is on the behavioral side of cybersecurity, examining how the human defense layer plays a role in driving a more security aware culture.

Nelson Valdez (Technology Education Manager; Perkins Coie LLP)

Nelson is the Technology Education Manager at Perkins Coie LLP. He is responsible for the implementation and execution of the firm’s technology education strategy. He is a professional with over 17 years of experience supporting the learning and development needs of Biglaw firms. Nelson earned a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems. He teaches Mathematics and Computer Science courses at a college located in Westchester, NY.

Tashfin Wahid (Senior Manager, Head of Security Compliance; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP)

Tash is an Information Security Leader at Fried Frank. He has more than 20 years of experience as an Information Technology (IT) professional with expertise in Information Security Management and Security Governance Risk and Compliance. Tash's skills focus on implementing and improving information security programs. This includes ISO 27001/27017 information security certification management, risk management, vulnerability management, vendor management, compliance risk assessments, and leading data security in project management.

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