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Chilean-American Influencer, Award-Winning Global Threats Expert, International TV Commentator & Former Fortune 10 Regional Counsel
Adriana Sanford, J.D., dual LL.M., is a world-renowned award-winning global threats expert, former Fortune 10 regional counsel, author, university professor, humanitarian, and Chilean-American international TV commentator, who appeared regularly as a CNN Español analyst on privacy and cyber-related breaking news to 93+ million viewers. Her research and scholarly work focus on today’s multijurisdictional privacy and global security challenges that include severe repercussions for non-compliance, such as hefty fines, criminal liability, and possibly even physical danger. She provides some of the keynote addresses at the world’s top technology, cyber, legal, audit, and compliance industry conferences, including for the SuperConference 2019 sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel on issues of importance to in-house counsel, such as the multi-jurisdictional practice of law. Sanford also co-authored two books on ethics and global threats that the Institute for Supply Management adopted for its centennial anniversary, Business Ethics: A Guide To Surviving Storms, Challenges, and Ethical Risks and Ética Empresarial. Read More >
For over a decade, Sanford has distinguished herself by educating executives, thousands of college students, and the public at large on cybersecurity and global privacy laws. With multiple law degrees and fluency in four languages, she has served as a keynote speaker at more than 140 industry conferences throughout the United States and Latin America. Sanford obtained her law degrees from Georgetown University Law Center and the Notre Dame Law School. She serves remotely as Of Counsel for one of Chile’s leading law firms, has assisted companies with building privacy programs, and has provided privacy training to employees in Mexico, Panama, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. Sanford currently serves on the Advisory Board of ISSA-LA and previously served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA and as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Advisory Committee.
Sanford was featured in Women in Security: Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation in 2018 and was named Cybersecurity Woman Law & Privacy Professional at the CSWY inaugural awards ceremony in 2019. Recently, Sanford served as a VIP speaker for Microsoft’s Employee Giving & Corporate Giving Program during the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month of October in 2021. She was a keynote speaker for LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s 2019 Los Angeles Cyber Lab and is the keynote speaker for the 2022 Cybersecurity Women of the Year Awards Gala in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is also a keynote speaker for the 2022 ISSA-LA Security Summit XII in Santa Monica, California, and a featured speaker for the 2022 InfoSec World event in Orlando, Florida.
Sanford is often described as an ‘audience grabber’ and as having “the unique ability to speak to students, captains of industry, and academicians all in the same audience." Read Less ^
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The practice of cybersecurity law continues to develop and mature as corporate counsel, external law firms, and corporate boards struggle to become familiar with the subject matter. Today’s challenges include severe repercussions for non-compliance, such as hefty fines and possibly even criminal liability. This increasingly complex security landscape, along with the remote and hybrid workplace environment, requires that an organization map the data that needs to be protected according to the geographies in which they do business. Privacy rights give individuals greater control over their personal information and how it is used. Gain an overview of the history of privacy-related issues, including the encryption explosion, bulk data retention, electronic gag orders, and more. In this course, we will compare the world’s privacy frameworks on several continents. You will also develop a basic understanding of the evolving array of cutting-edge issues associated with new technologies, artificial intelligence, and biometrics.
The United States does not have a comprehensive national privacy law. One of the top concerns for executives and corporate boards is privacy and the handling of personal and sensitive data as standards differ from state to state (as well as country to country). California has the strongest privacy protections, but four additional states have also enacted their own standards. To reduce potential liability, organizations must capture data properly and identify (1) which data subject can exercise their privacy rights, (2) what privacy rights these data subjects possess, and (3) how such data must be managed.
"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!!"
"Dr. Adriana Sanford was a featured speaker for the Microsoft Employee Giving & Corporate Giving Program. She was exceptional. With her deep understanding of the legal and business ramifications related to cyber risk, and through her captivating and powerful delivery style, Dr. Sanford deftly addressed a serious topic in a way that kept her audience raptly engaged and eager to hear more. I highly recommend her as a featured speaker."
"I've worked with Adriana for over a couple of decades. She has been a barrier-breaker as a Latina woman working in large law firms, multinational corporations, teaching, and appearing on many media programs. She is bicultural and equally natural in Spanish and English. She is a highly ethical lawyer and is on the cutting edge of international law, privacy, technology, and due diligence. She is a colorful writer and often a keynote speaker for diverse associations."
"It is an honor to recommend Adriana Sanford for her high energy, intellect, savvy, and global connections. A Georgetown and Notre Dame-educated lawyer, with multiple law degrees, she has served as counsel to fortune 100 corporations, led global actions on human rights, is an award-winning cybersecurity expert that serves as a CNN analyst on breaking news related to cybersecurity issues on the internationally viewed show, Dinero, and continues to educate the next generation of leaders at the University of Oklahoma. She is a recognized global cybersecurity expert and an in-demand keynote speaker. She brings the value of her global personal network, indefatigable energy, and intellect to any issue and produces tangible results. Adriana is a force to be reckoned with, a force for good. She has built strong and trusted relationships with industry leaders, diplomats, and world-renowned experts in the U.S. and around the globe. She is a powerhouse and force multiplier that makes a positive impact on any organization she supports."
"I find her to be a powerhouse with a well-organized, yet flexible mind. Adriana’s valuable contributions continue to make a substantive difference in our world today, and I feel fortunate to work with her."
"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."
BUSINESS ETHICS: A Guide To Surviving Storms, Challenges, and Ethical Risks
ÉTICA EMPRESARIAL: Una Perspectiva Global
Women in Security Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation
The Sanford & Hall Report (ou.edu)
Global Risks & Threats Series (ou.edu)
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