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David Seide

About: David Seide

David Seide is a partner on LeClairRyan’s Compliance, Investigations and White Collar team. Prior to joining the firm, he led multiple high-profile internal investigations and projects at the Department of State Office of Inspector General (DOS-OIG) and earlier at the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General (FHFA-OIG) (FHFA is the regulator of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks). David led the DOS-OIG team that reviewed and published multiple reports concerning the use of personal email for official business by five Secretaries of State (Kerry, Clinton, Rice, Powell and Albright). At FHFA-OIG he spearheaded multiple federal and state investigations by the Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Working Group leading to recoveries of over $36 billion; he also led teams evaluating housing finance issues that produced an additional $5 billion in taxpayer recoveries.

Cyber Security and Social Engineering: A Big Low Tech Problem

Headline-grabbing cyber hacks of email accounts belonging to celebrities, corporations, government officials and political campaigns are becoming the norm.  Cybersecurity intended to guard against these acts brings to mind high tech computer hardware and software fixes delivered by knowledgeable IT professionals, who are expected to prevent network intrusions, stolen passwords, viruses, ransomware attacks and other hacks. But the most recent notable cyber hacks were not caused by high tech espionage.  Rather, they were the product of low tech social engineering – the use of deception to manipulate users into divulging confidential passwords and other personal information.  This kind of hack …

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