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Atlanta Lawyer, Investigator Offer Lessons from the FBI’s Disruption of North Korea’s Botnet

Nardello & Co. Managing Director and Head of Digital Investigations & Cyber Defense, Mark Ray, and Kamal Ghali of Bondurant Mixson & Elmore co-authored an article on the recent disruption of the Joanap botnet, the latest advanced cyber-threat emanating from North Korea, and proactive steps companies can take to reduce their cyberrisk and defend against similar threats.

“On Jan. 30, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed a secret operation to disrupt and uncover the Joanap botnet—one of North Korea’s tools for inflicting technological mayhem around the world. The FBI’s strategy, which in part turns on notifying users infected with the malware, underscores critical lessons about how cybersecurity awareness can serve U.S. national security goals and protect companies from damaging cyberattacks.”


Fearing future #MeToo allegations, a growing number of companies are turning to reputation management firms

Nardello & Co. Founder & CEO Daniel Nardello is quoted in this CNBC article on the increase in due diligence investigations in the wake of #MeToo.

“In the year since the Weinstein scandal, we’ve seen around a 35 percent uptick in client calls on the matter,” says Dan Nardello, a former federal prosecutor at the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, who now runs his own firm.

While some companies and boards previously viewed background investigations as a “check the box” requirement going back 10 years, many more now recognize the value of an in-depth, rigorous investigation going back decades, said Nardello.

“As we’ve seen in a number of high profile situations, 10 years is usually not long enough to fully vet someone’s background,” he said. “Our clients are increasingly requesting that searches be both as historical and as comprehensive in scope as possible.”


Boards Rely on Intense Vetting for New Leaders After #MeToo

Nardello & Co. President & COO Sabina Menschel is quoted in this Bloomberg Law article on the importance of vetting new executive and board hires in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

It’s nothing new to vet candidates for executive and board positions, but companies are increasingly seeking deep dives into a potential leader’s past with more harassment allegations coming to light, president and COO of Nardello & Co. Sabina Menschel told Bloomberg Law. Nardello & Co. is a global investigative firm. Gone are the days of a “check the box” background check, she said.

“Zero tolerance has to start with the hiring process,” she said. “Really that’s your biggest opportunity to create the culture.”

“Exhaustive open source investigation of the public record” is coupled with supplemental interviews from a candidate’s past, Menschel said. It also helps when women are already on the boards of companies looking for a new leader.

“A female board member’s network is likely very different from a male board member’s network,” she said. “You’re just going to have a wider variety of sources or networks to pull from.”