CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Allen O’Rourke was a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina School of Law. O’Rourke, the co-leader of the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Team and a former federal cybercrime prosecutor, taught an Oct. 15 class on cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity law.

During the presentation, O’Rourke explained the basics of internet technology and computer network exploitation involving remote access malware – covering everything from command-and-control (C2) indicators to The Onion Router (TOR) network. Next he explained how the evidence-gathering tools of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and open-source records are employed to investigate this type of online activity and identify those responsible. O’Rourke concluded by providing an overview of the emerging field of cybersecurity law in private practice and answering student questions.

The course is entitled “Cybersecurity Law” and taught by UNC School of Law Professor Joseph Kennedy. O’Rourke has been a regular guest lecturer.

Allen O’Rourke co-chairs the Privacy and Cybersecurity Team at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). He conducts cyber investigations and represents clients facing regulatory actions, consumer litigation, and business disputes arising out of cybersecurity incidents. Allen also handles data breach response, and he counsels clients concerning data privacy compliance, cybersecurity preparedness, and legal aspects of computer network defense. Prior to joining Womble, Allen was a cybercrime prosecutor who helped lead the Cyber Unit at the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, where he received two Special Achievement Awards for his work to combat cybercrime.