Sam Kaplan serves as Special Counsel in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology practice at Wiley Rein LLP. Sam counsels and represents clients in complex matters involving privacy, cybersecurity and emerging technology, focusing on a broad range of industries from critical infrastructure and telecommunications to homeland and national security service providers. His experience encompasses over a decade of providing counsel to cabinet-level officials, agency heads, and operational executives. He also has extensive experience in managing crises, privacy and data breach incidents, and external oversight. Prior to joining Wiley, Sam served as the Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Infrastructure, Risk and Resilience Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he led DHS policy development in support of department-wide efforts to reduce national risks with a focus on critical infrastructure cybersecurity, federal network security, countering cyber-crime, and improving the security and resilience of the global cyber ecosystem. He also focused on national resilience initiatives that enhanced federal, state and local government and community preparedness and response capabilities. Sam additionally served as Chief Privacy Officer at DHS where he oversaw the Department’s privacy compliance and information sharing programs, and breach response operations. In this role, Sam was responsible for developing Department-wide privacy and data protection policies, and evaluating new technologies, operations and programs to assess the potential impacts on individual privacy and data security.
Prior to joining DHS, Sam served as the Senior Counsel for Field Operations at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), where he provided advice and counsel to the executive staff responsible for ATF’s criminal and regulatory operations. Prior to his tenure at ATF, Sam was Counselor to a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, where he was involved in the Board’s oversight and advisory work on counterterrorism programs conducted pursuant to Executive Order 12333, Presidential Policy Directive 28, and cybersecurity activities conducted under Executive Order 13636.
Throughout his tenure with the Federal Government in 2007, Sam held a number of additional positions within the U.S. Department of Justice and ATF, including Chief of ATF’s Audit Liaison Branch; Counsel to Emergency Support Function #13; and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted gang, violent crime, and drug cases in the Major Crimes and Narcotics Unit.
Sam holds both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Arts in international studies/homeland security from the University of Denver, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/U.S. (CIPP/US).