Global data protection and privacy leaders, Kate Colleary, Dan Or-Hof, Rocco Panetta, and Ariel Silverstone are joining forces to create a new data protection consulting firm with a global reach and a set of tools to provide multi-nationals with end-to-end solutions. Founded in Dublin, Ireland, Strand Advisory will deliver customized global consulting services on privacy, cybersecurity, data protection, forensic investigations, and IT.
Strand’s strengths come from diverse and long-standing experience gained in the field by its co-founders, a group of prominent and internationally recognized professionals. Its offices cover multiple countries and continents with the intention of continuous global expansion. Strand has a tailored approach, merging local knowledge with a global strategic vision.
Strand uses the experience of its members to anticipate change before it happens, in an industry where staying up-to-date is not enough. In a globalized world, it is necessary to anticipate trends, transformations, to be inspired, to look beyond – targeting the future is what Strand is about.
Four internationally acclaimed leaders in the world of privacy and their teams have joined together to provide Clients with their proven experience in this field, breaking down global boundaries.
Kate Colleary, Chairperson of Strand, based in Dublin, the European branch of big tech, is a lawyer and leader in the field of data protection. She lectures at the Law Society of Ireland and is a Certified Data Protection Practitioner (CIPP/E) and a Certified Information Privacy Management Professional (CIPM). She leads a team of experts who are relied on by the Irish Government and organizations across all sectors to provide clear and pragmatic data protection advice and DPO services. She previously led the Data Protection team of an international law firm and is one of only two Irish lawyers to be awarded the UK’s Women in Law award. Kate is the Irish country leader of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Kate and the team at Pembroke Privacy Ltd are founding members of Strand Advisory.
Dan Or-Hof, CEO of Strand, based in Tel Aviv, a New York and Israeli attorney, acknowledged as a cyber law leader and a thought leader on privacy laws, he is a highly experienced lawyer in the field of privacy, technology, and IP and works with clients ranging from startups to multi-national corporations. Dan lectures at the cyber security program and the law faculty of Tel Aviv University and he has authored numerous articles on data protection and technology law. He has founded and currently chairs the Israeli Data Protection Professionals Forum (IDPF), he is the former and first Tel Aviv IAPP KnowledgeNet Co-Chair and a member of the Israeli Privacy Protection Council. Dan holds CIPP/US, CIPP/E, and CIPM certifications and he has gained the Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) acknowledgment. Dan and his team at Or Hof Law are founding members of Strand Advisory.
Rocco Panetta, COO of Strand, is a renowned lawyer in the field of data protection and new technologies based both in Rome and Brussels. He is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Board of Directors and the Italian Country Leader of the IAPP. Rocco serves as an outsourced Data Protection Officer (DPO) for national and multinational corporations. He is a former regulator – a high-level officer at the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante), and a former representative at the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (now EDPB). Rocco enjoyed both the privilege and the honor of working side by side to Stefano Rodota and Giovanni Buttarelli, while building the EU data protection framework. Speaker, author of various books, contract professor on data protection in a number of universities, he is an Ethics Expert at the ERC Executive Agency (ERCEA). Rocco and all PTP Privacy & Technology Professionals team are founding members of Strand.
Ariel Silverstone, CTO of Strand, with locations in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and in Eastern Europe, Ariel is an IT expert, a leader in the creation of data privacy management and information security strategy for some of the leading companies in the world. Ariel has contributed to and advised on a wide range of industry standards such as ISO 27001, PCI-DSS, COBIT v.5, NIST Smart Grid Security Guidelines and Cloud Security standards. He Is a frequent speaker and has written for The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CIO, and CSO Magazines, and ComputerWorld. He holds CISSP and CRISC security credentials, and CIPT, among numerous other certifications, and was nominated as Information Security Executive of The Year, and twice to Computerworld’s Premier 100 Leaders in IT.
Backed by a large multidisciplinary and multilingual staff, Strand provides clients with a wide spectrum of highly specialized solutions including multi-territorial compliance programs, strategic data protection guidance, data breach management, data protection by design planning and implementation, external data protection officer services, audits, forensic investigation, training in partnership with the IAPP, EU Representative services, and much more.
“The world of privacy and data security is ever-changing. A constantly changing horizon needs professionals who are able to evolve and keep up with it, and to help our clients move forward at the same pace- Strand is targeting the future.”