Jennifer Martin

Cybersecurity Practice Lead - West Coast
Covington & Burling

Ms. Martin leads Covington & Burling’s west coast cybersecurity practice. She focuses on a range of cross-disciplinary projects for clients, from cybersecurity program compliance, to incident response planning, to drafting commercial contract terms and requirements for purchasers and vendors as part of managing vendor risk, and more and more frequently is involved in cybersecurity due diligence in M&A transactions. Ms. Martin also has significant experience managing the response and investigation into sophisticated cyber incidents, including nation-state attacks on systems and information, insider thefts of intellectual property, and data breaches of all sizes and significance. She is also involved in counseling clients in various industries, including the technology, manufacturing, energy, and healthcare sectors, on regulatory and commercial expectations associated with emerging technologies, including with respect to the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, as well as with respect to information sharing and threat intelligence.

Ms. Martin has worked at the intersection of law and cybersecurity for over 18 years. Her expertise in this area has been uniquely honed through her experience managing cyber risks and responding to threats from a variety of perspectives: as the director of cyber incident response and operations, and as lead in-house internal investigations counsel at Symantec; as a managing director of Stroz Friedberg; and as a federal and local cybercrime prosecutor and policymaker. Ms. Martin has supervised countless cyber incident response matters from detection through remediation from a variety of perspectives over the years. In addition, Ms. Martin’s work as an early federal cybercrime prosecutor, including litigating a high-profile Economic Espionage Act case against foreign software engineers, and as a policy maker within the DOJ’s Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, provides her with historical insight into the evolving threat landscape and the consequent law enforcement and regulatory responses.