Sameer Ponkshe is an incident response and data privacy attorney with experience helping organizations prepare for and respond to cybersecurity incidents, state and global data privacy regulations, and regulatory inquiries.
At Octillo, Sameer works with the Incident Response team to counsel clients who have experienced a suspected or actual data breach or other cybersecurity incident. In his role as a breach coach, Sameer helps organizations navigate the complexities of responding to cyber-attacks, including ransomware, malware, business email compromise, fraudulent wire transfers, and spoofed websites. He also advises on breach notification requirements under data security and privacy regulations, such as the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)/California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Sameer works to strengthen an organization’s cyber posture by performing data mining, conducting risk assessments, and drafting and implementing incident response plans. He also leads tabletop exercises and other trainings to help prepare information security teams for potential cybersecurity incidents.
Prior to joining Octillo, Sameer served as Senior Counsel on a Cybersecurity and Data Privacy team at a large, national law firm, where he acted as a breach coach for organizations across numerous industries and jurisdictions. He has considerable experience drafting and reviewing data privacy policies and procedures and data licensing and cross-border privacy contractual agreements and advising on current data protection best practices.
Sameer is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, United States (CIPP/US) as certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).