Nick Akerman

Prior to private practice Nick served as a federal prosecutor. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a wide array of white collar criminal matters, including bank frauds, bankruptcy frauds, stock frauds, complex financial frauds, environmental and tax crimes. Nick was also an Assistant Special Watergate Prosecutor with the Watergate Special Prosecution Force under Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski.Nick has over 30 years of experience in helping clients respond to government investigations and prosecutions and assisting corporate clients prevent and respond to internal thefts and outside hackers. He is a nationally recognized expert on computer crime and the protection of competitively sensitive information and computer data. Nick regularly obtains injunctions for his clients under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in various federal courts around the country requiring computer thieves to return stolen computer data and prohibiting the dissemination of the data to competitors. He also guides clients in developing systems, policies and protocols to protect computer data.Nick speaks and writes regularly on protecting computer data, including in his regular computer data column for the National Law Journal. He has been a featured quoted expert on computer fraud and computer security issues in the New York Times, USA Today, the San Jose Mercury News, the Boston Globe, the St. Louis Dispatch, the Sacramento Bee, Forbes, ComputerWorld, CFO Magazine, CNET, CNET Japan, ZDNet, MSN, Internet Week and the Weekly Homeland Security Newsletter. His blog can be found at

When Workers Steal Data to Use at New Jobs

Title: When Workers Steal Data to Use at New Jobs Description: In response to the economic crisis, companies have downsized, resulting in some terminated employees stealing vital data to improve their job opportunities with a new employer.  In this article for the National Law Journal Nick Akerman takes a look at the state of the… Read More

State Compliance Laws

Title: State Compliance Laws Description: Connecticut, Massachusetts and Nevada recently enacted laws requiring businesses to institute certain compliance measures to secure personal information that can be used to perpetrate identity theft. The Massachusetts law applies to a business located anywhere in the United States that stores or maintains personal information about a Massachusetts resident. This… Read More

The PRO-IP Act

Title: The PRO-IP Act Description: In October, the federal government, with strong bipartisan support, reorganized its strategy and expanded the resources available to protect the nation’s intellectual property with the enactment of the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, known as the PRO-IP Act, 15 U.S.C. 8101. This article describes the major innovations… Read More

Web Site Terms of Use

Title: Web Site Terms of Use Description: Web site Terms of Use have been in the news recently with the criminal prosecution of 49 year old Lori Drew who is charged with breaching MySpace’s Terms of Service. Nick discusses recent caselaw supporting using the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to enforce web site Terms… Read More

Framing a Successful RICO Suit Predicated on Data Theft

Title: Framing a Successful RICO Suit Predicated on Data Theft Description: The civil remedy in the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute is not limited to the ‘archetypal, intimidating mobster.’ Attorney Nick Akerman explains how RICO can apply to data thieves in an article for The National Law Journal. Released: 5/17/08 Cost: Free Download… Read More

Sarbanes Oxley: Protecting Company Data

Title: Sarbanes Oxley: Protecting Company Data Description: Nick Akerman discusses the responsibility that companies now have to their shareholders to protect valuable company data in light of Sarbanes Oxley and the New York Stock Exchange rules requiring New York Stock Exchange listed companies to include within their compliance programs the protection of 1) the company’s… Read More

Federal and State Regulation of Personal Data

Title: Federal and State Regulation of Personal Data Description: Nick Akerman discusses the regulation posed to companies by the Federal Trade Commission and the state notification laws requiring companies to notify their customers and employees of data breaches of personal data that can be used to perpetrate identity theft. Nick discusses how to respond to… Read More

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