Real World Cyber Experience Drives Better Results
Founder and principal cybersecurity lawyer at ZeroDay Law, Tara Swaminatha, has committed her professional career to cyber law, privacy law, and incident response planning.
About ZeroDay Law
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ZeroDay Law - Advanced cybersecurity and privacy legal counsel
ZeroDay Law is a trusted partner in incident response management and planning, privacy law and cyber risk compliance assessments.
ZeroDay Law, led by founder Tara Swaminatha, prepares clients before a security incident by drawing from battle-tested experience, running all aspects of clients’ incident response management efforts and related enforcement actions and litigation. ZeroDay Law offers unparalleled experience in the technical, legal and business aspects of a data breach and is proud to be a diversity-focused, woman-owned cybersecurity law firm.
Cybersecurity Law Background
Federal Prosecutor U.S. Department of Justice
As a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice – Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Tara directed technical forensic investigations for federal law enforcement agencies, assisted prosecutors and investigators across the U.S. with computer crime-related cases, and prosecuted IP crimes to combat massive online piracy of entertainment software, motion pictures and business software.
In addition, Tara acted as speechwriter and research assistant for former White House Chief of Staff on technology and terrorism issues.
Big Law Partner and Cybersecurity Counsel
Tara gained hands-on experience as a former data privacy and cybersecurity partner at a Big Law firm representing clients in the healthcare, financial, technology, insurance, education, media and entertainment, shipping and logistics, retail, aerospace, and nonprofit sectors.
She acted as outside cybersecurity counsel on some of the most significant data breaches in recent years and has defended clients against federal, state, and international regulatory actions and related litigation.
Additionally, Tara has advised multinational companies on cybersecurity liability risk assessments, internal compliance measures and incident response protocols.
In client’s security and/or privacy incidents, she oversaw incident response efforts and served as client’s subject matter expert, leveraging extensive knowledge of how digital evidence may be used to prove facts in litigation related to security incidents, thus minimizing the client’s litigation exposure during incident responses, investigations and data breaches.
Technical Cybersecurity Background
As Information Security Administrator for the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group), Tara implemented the IFC’s first information security policy for 3,000 employees worldwide.
Moreover, she installed and set up networks and helped build testing environments for electronic fingerprint booking systems.
Tara also conducted application security risk assessments while working at a boutique security firm prior to becoming a lawyer.
Tara has several noteworthy professional recognitions, she was:
- Selected as a leading cybersecurity response professional in 2018 and 2019 in the “Incident Response 30” by Cybersecurity Docket.
- Named a 2017 and 2018 Next Generation Lawyer for media, technology and telecoms: cyberlaw (including data privacy and data protection) by The Legal 500 United States, where she is “commended for her experience in high-profile data breach investigations” and “understands forensics and is able to digest technical reports in a meaningful and actionable way.”
- Named a 2017 Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer by the National Law Journal.
Education & Bar Admissions
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2005
University of Virginia, M.T., 1999
University of Virginia, B.A., with high distinction, 1998
Admitted in District of Columbia, 2008
Admitted in Virginia, 2006