Christopher Ballod is an associate managing director in the Cyber Risk practice of Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, based in Philadelphia. He leverages over 15 years of experience in data privacy and cyber security, counseling clients in the preparation for a cyber incident, and during the response and notification process after an incident occurs. Chris’ expertise negotiating and drafting agreements, counseling clients during the assessment of risk and placement of cyber liability coverage, coordinating breach response services and supporting clients in litigation can greatly reduce legal, financial, and reputational risks in the event of a cyber incident. 

At Kroll, Chris leverages his expertise to provide clients appropriate response protection in the event of a data breach incident, and he will also assist clients preparing for, or going through, CFIUS audits. He brings years of experience in digital forensics and incident response, particularly as it relates to PII/PHI exposure. He also helps clients identify trends and actors that may impact their systems and assess potential exposure post-incident to avoid data leaking via dark web forums. 

Having guided hundreds of clients through complex cyber security incidents, Chris brings extensive experience in conducting tabletop exercises practicing breach response procedures, and multi-day stakeholder "boot camps" training key personnel in all aspects of risk management and response. 

Before joining Kroll, Chris was a partner and vice chair of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity practice at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, which received the Advisen Cyber Risk Award for Best Legal Practice in 2019 and 2020. He also served as a member of the firm’s Corporate and Complex Business and Commercial Litigation practices. His experience included leading the coordination of over 500 breach responses for clients across multiple sectors, including defense, construction, energy generation, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, school districts, universities and retail.

He has spearheaded compliance and security programs for publicly traded traditional market companies and cutting-edge companies, including cryptocurrency exchanges and machine-learning data analytics firms. He has conducted a risk assessment analysis for a nuclear and traditional fuel energy generation company in the acquisition of new generation assets. Christopher has also coordinated breach response services for clients of all sizes and across varied sectors including construction, energy generation, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, municipal government, and retail.

Christopher’s regulatory compliance counseling experience includes compliance with CCPA, HIPAA, payment card industry standards (PCI-DSS), NYS Department of Financial Services compliance and GDPR. In addition to litigating the first "virtual property" case in the U.S., Bragg vs. Linden Labs, he counseled multi-national vendors of goods and services in a virtual world game about their participation in virtual currency exchange, and the legality of their gaming businesses under state and federal gambling laws. 

He is frequently invited to speak on data privacy and cyber security, and he has been featured in various publications. During his previous legal practice, he won the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star awards in 2016 and 2008.

Christopher holds a Juris Doctor from the Delaware Law School. Additionally, he is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/U.S. (CIPP/U.S.) and Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E).

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