Erik Laykin

CEO & Managing Partner at Global Data Risk (GDR)
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Erik Laykin, CHFI, CEDS, JMG, CFLC is the CEO and Managing Partner of the Global Data Risk LLC., an international consultancy addressing cyber, regulatory, investigative and technology risks for law firms, major corporations and government agencies.

Erik is one of the nation’s leading experts on trade secret theft, cybersecurity, insider threat and computer forensic investigations. His cases have included the largest bankruptcy in history; Lehman Brothers and the largest trade secret case in history; Google (Waymo) v. Uber.

As an early pioneer in the cyber investigations field in the mid 1990’s he founded the first commercial computer forensic / cyber investigation labs in Los Angeles, Chicago and Hong Kong and developed cutting edge investigative techniques on behalf of multi-national law firms and corporations that are still employed today.

Erik has assisted hundreds of foreign and domestic clients on issues such as complex internal investigations of financial fraud and money laundering, electronic discovery, computer forensic disputes, investigation of cyber-crime, malware and viruses, trade secret theft, corporate espionage, software and hardware systems failures, intellectual property theft and other challenging information technology disputes. On many of these matters Erik serves in Federal or State Court as an expert witness, Independent Neutral or as a court appointed Special Master.

As a cyber-forensic subject matter expert, author, futurist, and Sinophile, Erik regularly comments on emerging technology and business risks at international conferences and for the media including FOX, CNN, ABC, NBC and ABC. He is Chair of the American Bar Association Computer Forensic Expert Witness committee, Past President of the Forensic Expert Witness Association and is the past President and Pacific-Rim Director of the FBI’s Infragard Program.

Erik was selected by Who’s Who Legal and the American Bar Association as the Leading Forensic Consultant in North America in 2017 and as a Global Thought Leader from 2013 through 2022. His newest book “Investigative Computer Forensics” was published by John Wiley & Son

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