Cyber Security Expert, International Whistleblower, International TV Commentator, Strategic International Consultant & Author
Following an abduction while on company business, international whistleblower Dr. Adriana Sanford has distinguished herself by educating corporate executives, thousands of college students, and the public at large, on global threats and the dangers of corporate corruption. The international television commentator appears regularly as a CNN Español analyst to over 49 million households in the United States and Latin America. Read More >
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Should We Care About Privacy?
Learn how emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), distributed ledger technology, and big data analytics impact global regulatory and privacy risks. The era of rapid technological change continues to create new regulatory challenges for governments. Read More >
Regulators around the globe strive to create, modify and enforce new regulations to protect national security, while machines teach themselves to learn and smart devices respond to consumer requests. Private companies partner with regulatory agencies to develop appropriate rules and regulations for emerging products and services. Read Less ^
Landmark rulings and new laws in the US and foreign territories have far-reaching implications on how personal data is being collected, stored, accessed, and used in the United States. As outsourcing and innovative technology continues to sweep the world, many small and medium-sized businesses are looking to one another for guidance on how to adapt their policies to suit the current environment and comply with Data Security, Data Privacy, upcoming CCPA, GDPR and variations therefrom.
Learn how to build awareness and develop guiding principles to combat global threats and navigate through the critical challenges in the age of terrorism. Product counterfeiting and human trafficking sabotage global supply chains, create barriers to corporate profitability, and endanger national security interests. The expectation that a ransom payment can be reimbursed sometimes facilitates the payment by executives; paying ransoms for cyber-attacks, however, fuels terrorist activity and encourages further attacks.
Significant progress has occurred through the sharing of practices and lessons learned. Consistent legislation in geopolitical areas, however, is not always available. Learn how to ethically protect your company and your team against non-compliance when US laws does not mesh with foreign laws, as decisions may carry personal criminal liability or have strong repercussions on a global scale. Executives need clear guidance as to the way forward when the US and foreign governments fail to endorse consistent principles in the new security landscape.
Blockchain technology is transforming businesses around the globe. Learn why countries react differently to blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.
"She was just excellent. Adriana was engaging, told interesting, relevant stories. Her content was very timely to the status of Global Privacy and she really opened my eyes to the changing International landscape. I expected to be a little bored actually, but felt engaged and interested the entire time!!"
"She shared profound tidbits about the dangers of corporate corruption and some serious concerns for C-Suites’ physical safety in foreign territories. The address unfolded like a story, which created a magnetic and suspenseful delivery that captivated the entire Pepperdine accounting community. Magnificent and unforgettable! Bravo!!"
“Dr. Sanford’s stellar performance at Pepperdine's Accounting Banquet inspired, informed, and entertained everyone alike; accounting students, faculty and professionals were all impressed. A senior faculty and former dean stated, ‘Adriana Sanford brought a level of class we seldom see here at Pepperdine; I hope we can see her at future Pepperdine events.’ The manner in which she artfully integrated her valuable professional experience with the key principles she was advising the graduates to consider was both incredible and inspiring. Her stories were riveting and kept everyone on the edge of their seats with harrowing tales of corporate corruption. Seldom do we find someone with such an intellect, communication skills, energetic work ethic, and moral values so effectively balanced in a single individual.”
Adriana Sanford, JD, delivered an exceptional program at the Loyola Marymount University Faculty Pub Night. Her unique and timely insight on cybersecurity, navigating the complex web of International laws, and the impact on business, was eye opening. In addition, her perspective on the sense of urgency to address these issues was clarified with evidence-based cases relatable to the distinguished guests. Her inspiration to ignite diversity in cybersecurity education rang strong with everyone present, tying the need with the solution beautifully. Adriana is a true leader and will continue to generate ideas and approaches that will surely lead to action. It was an honor and privilege to hear her present.
"Adriana was the keynote speaker in ISACA's Latin America Computer Audit Control and Security Conference that took place in September 2015. She is an excellent lecturer and multidimensional expert combining legal, technology, governance and policy related knowledge that gives her audience the opportunity to achieve a holistic opinion on the presented subject."
"I have the utmost respect and admiration for Adriana Sanford as a professional and a person. She is a legal thought leader and a strong human rights defender, who created and implemented best legal practices for multinationals including one of the largest companies in the world. More importantly, through noble acts of bravery, she protected her clients, employees, and senior executives from international organized crime and corruption. Rarely do we see such individuals with this level of competency, courage, and integrity. When it comes to a sound and incorruptible legal mind, Adriana is second to none."
"Adriana is extremely knowledgeable and articulate both as a presenter and as a writer on topics of supply chain ethics, international financial crime enforcement, and other matters of comparative law. In addition to her overall expertise and keen understanding of the practical aspects of international business and supply chain management, her contemporary teaching style and high degree of professionalism have proven to be extremely valuable."
"Adriana spoke for us at ISSA’s CISO Executive Forum, on the supply chain, security and privacy, across organizations, jurisdictions and countries. She is a compelling expert speaker who fully engaged our CISO audience, who are certainly experts in their own cyber security line of work. Adriana was professional, articulate and responsive to our needs and what the audience wanted, and she delivered a successful session that provoked new thought and learning. Adriana also spoke to our local security chapters on similar topics. She resonates and can carry the program. Adriana is an expert in her field who is driven, articulate and passionate. She’s approachable, helpful and responsive—really goes out of her way to help. One of my personal goals is helping other women succeed in our field, and Adriana falls into that camp as well. All of my interaction with Adriana is professional and top notch, over the top in exceeding expectations."
"Adriana Sanford was the keynote speaker at the April 21, 2017 Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) CISO Forum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Sanford brilliantly addressed Chief Cyber Security Officers on Multijurisdictional Conflicts Under a New Security Landscape. She explained that the new landscape requires greater collaboration among governments and the private sector and that legal debates concerning personal data, encrypted communications, and mass government surveillance will continue to mount. As National security remains a concern - she discussed how governments are scrambling to protect their own interests in an inter-connected world—often at the expense of privacy and perhaps other individual freedoms. An audience grabber - Dr. Sanford addressed numerous questions and attendees expressed their desire to have additional talks by Dr. Sanford in the future!"
"I have been working with Professor Sanford, as part of the recent discussions around privacy, and the forthcoming new EU data protection regulation. Adriana is one of the rare persons within the US university circles, fully engaged in the international legislation initiatives, and with a particular sensitivity to international cultural differences. She advocates a stronger sensitivity and alertness for these issues within the US, and pushes for a worldwide dialogue and global approach. It is a pleasure working with her."
"Adriana focuses on the recognition of the human rights of all individuals, especially children and women in situations of social vulnerability. Her desire for greater accountability and improved justice in the global community is evident by her work, including advisory and board membership positions with international humanitarian entities. These attributes, combined with her cultural awareness, multiple legal degrees, language skills, and two decades in international corporate law, make her of tremendous value for scholarly research projects on a global scale."
“One of the most listened to guests in Task Force 7 history. Adriana is not only a cyber-security expert, but she is a multidimensional professional with experience and expertise in a variety of different domains and that is what makes her so interesting to listen to…. Adriana has one of the top 5 most listened to episodes...”
"An audience grabber - Dr. Sanford addressed numerous questions and attendees expressed their desire to have additional talks by Dr. Sanford in the future!"
"Dr. Adriana Sanford delivered a brilliant keynote presentation at the 2017 Washington DC ISSA CISO Forum....A fellow CISO's comment at the end of the presentation echoed the thought of other attendees....'you could hear a pin drop'..."
"Adriana Sanford is truly a gifted speaker. She has the unique ability to speak to students, captains of industry and academicians all in the same audience. She displays her passion on the topic of International Cyber Risk through a deep understanding of the legal and business ramifications. Dr. Sanford is an exceptional communicator in person as well as on radio or television. I highly recommend her as a feature speaker for any significant gathering. She will not disappoint."