McAfee & Taft is pleased to welcome Joshua Snavely, an attorney, Ivy League-trained cybersecurity and privacy expert, and homeland security policy analyst whose practice is devoted to advising clients across a broad range of industries with business and technology strategy, compliance and risk assessment, crisis management, and incident response. His experience includes proactively identifying and addressing internal and external threats to data, managing privacy and cybersecurity issues related to business transactions, and developing and implementing response plans for data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other cyber-incidents. In the fast-paced and emerging fields of artificial intelligence, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies, Joshua’s expertise includes technology assessment, compliance, and strategy.
Joshua’s career experience and extensive study in the fields of cybersecurity, privacy, and homeland security law have earned him a national reputation as a thought leader and made him a sought-after speaker and trainer at regional, national and global events, including RSA Conference (the world’s largest cybersecurity conference), American Bar Association’s Homeland Security Law Institute, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Conference, The National Summit on Homeland Security Law, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Network, and Roundtables at the Aspen Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Michael Lauderdale: Not surprisingly, cybersecurity has become a buzzword throughout the nation. Everyone is reading about the ransom attacks. Everyone is talking about IT issues and how it’s affecting all of our securities from the data intrusions to the ransomware to shut down of businesses. It touches every day of our life. Legally that’s become a hot practice area, and it’s been very difficult to find someone that has a credential with qualified Josh checks every box. A high level of education, master experienced contacts throughout the government. He brings to us a level of practice. It’s gonna be unique in my opinion to the state of Oklahoma.
Joshua Snavely: So my career has been a long journey. I’ve done a lot of different things, working in a lot of different industries, living and working in Washington DC. And while I was there, I was at George Washington law school getting an LLM in national security. I was clerking for the army at the time, and really got involved with the American Bar Associations standing committee on law and national security, and started working with policy makers and lawyers and experts in national security.
And when I came back to Oklahoma, had the privilege to launch the Center for Homeland Security Law, the Judge Morris Center and Oklahoma City University and really got involved in policy and cyber and, and saw that our country was in need of service in this area, sort of the cross between business and government. And that’s really what led me to spend the last five years of my life and working for Langston University and the business school and, and focused on bridging the gap between business, government and academia.
Technologies are always going to change, right? And we’ve got to stay on top of it. What we have come to learn about this space about being able to defend our businesses is it really requires this diverse group of people helping and understanding. So that’s having relationships in law enforcement. That’s having relationships in government, across industry sectors, one of the important developments we’re seeing in this area is public private partnerships and sharing of information across these different groups and sharing of information across industry, to be able to advise businesses and clients appropriately in this space is really about being tapped into those networks.
At the end of the day, what I, one of the reasons why I came to McAfee and Taft was about the people and the relationships here. And how, how they view their obligation to serve clients. And that’s really what makes us successful is to be able to have those kinds of relationships.