Summer 2017 was an eventful one for cybersecurity, starting off with the WannaCry ransomware and NotPetya wiper attacks each affecting hundreds of thousands of computers around the world in what are being called the first ransomware pandemics.

On October 19, Womble Carlyle’s Allen O’Rourke discussed these two cyberattacks during a company-wide presentation to Passport, Inc., entitled “The Summer of Ransomware Outbreaks.” He examined WannaCry and NotPetya step-by-step and addressed ongoing policy and security issues they have raised. Allen also discussed best practices to prepare for and respond to cybersecurity incidents, and explored how tech companies can “design for security.”

Allen’s presentation was part of Passport’s “Outside In” speaker series, where the company brings in outside speakers to share new ideas and perspectives, helping to foster innovation. A rapidly growing Fintech company based in Charlotte, Passport is the largest provider of mobile payment parking and transit software in North America. The company’s technology platforms – now installed in cities and universities from coast to coast – are designed to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision-making.

Allen O’Rourke represents clients in cyber investigations, government enforcement, and civil litigation related to data breaches and cyberattacks. He also counsels clients on data privacy and cybersecurity issues. Before joining Womble Carlyle, he served as an Assistant US Attorney at the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he focused on cybercrime.