Edward H. Block

Associate

Overview

Edward (Eddie) Block has over 20 years of experience as an information security professional, primarily focused on the effects of new technology and emerging law on personal privacy at the state, federal and international level. Eddie holds Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), and Certified Information Privacy Professional/Government (CIPP/G) certifications.

Eddie is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and has performed hundreds of penetration tests. He has managed technical teams performing all aspects of information security, including credentialing functions, firewall and IDS/IPS deployment and monitoring, and incident response.

Eddie, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), has also developed information security policies, standards and guidelines that balance protection of information assets with legal and functional requirements. In his role as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and cybersecurity coordinator for the state of Texas, Eddie modernized Texas’ information security rules (1 TAC § 202), developed statewide security controls and worked with the Texas legislature to implement strong information security standards in law.

As a former CISO for a large and diverse enterprise, Eddie understands the challenges that organizations face as they address emerging cybersecurity threats. Using a risk-based approach to security planning, Eddie is able to develop strong protections that provide defense-in-depth and are aligned with business needs.

As an attorney, Eddie uses his technical and practical security knowledge to ensure clients understand and are in compliance with state, federal and international regulations. He also counsels clients to ensure they are prepared in the event of a security breach and provides guidance on their cyber insurance needs.

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Computer and Technology Council (2017)

Community Involvement

  • Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 159, Boy Scouts of America (2011-2016) 
  • Chairperson, Austin Bar Association Technology and Computer Law Section (2013-2015) 
  • Mentor, The Capital Factory

Honors & Awards

  • Martin D. Beirne Editor's Excellence Award, St. Mary's University School of Law Journal (2007-2008)

Education

  • J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law (2008)
  • B.A., Loyola Marymount University (1995)
    • Classical Civilizations

Admissions

  • Texas (2008)
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (2014)

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