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Hemanshu Nigam

Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam is a Partner at Venable LLP providing cyber security, privacy, and safety services through Venable’s award-winning eCommerce, Privacy and Cybersecurity group as well as its Cybersecurity Risk Management Services group. Mr. Nigam was previously the founder and chief executive officer of cybersecurity and cyber intelligence firm Cyber Security Affairs, formerly known as SSP Blue. He is often retained by clients to provide counsel on cutting-edge online privacy and security issues. He has extensive experience conducting end-to-end cyber assessments and protection. Mr. Nigam served as a senior vice president and chief security officer for a leading mass media and publishing company, a social networking service, a television singing competition show, and a movie review site for film and television, where he was responsible for protecting the personal information of more than 200 million users globally. Previously, he was in-house counsel and an executive at a multinational software and technology company, where he focused on internal investigations, law enforcement compliance, safety and privacy by design, and working with the intelligence community. Prior to that, he served as the vice president of worldwide internet enforcement at a trade association representing major films studios. Mr. Nigam was one of the country’s first online crimes prosecutors against hackers, human traffickers, and child predators at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he also served as an advisor to a congressional commission on child safety and an advisor to the White House on cyberstalking. He began his career as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, specializing in adult and child sex crimes and abuse cases. Nigam is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law teaching cyber security and data privacy. He is also often asked to provide his expertise to top tier print and broadcast news media outlets globally.

Mr. Nigam received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1990 and his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in government and political theory in 1987. He is licensed to practice law in California and Washington state.

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