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Don Codling

Executive Consultant Don Codling advises domestic and international companies on cyber and data security best practices.  Following 23 years service in the FBI with a concentration in Cyber National Security and Criminal matters, Don specializes in Cyber Security and Data Privacy best practices implementation within sensitive corporate and government environments.  

Don maintains his CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CIPP/US (Certified Information Privacy Professional-United States) and his TS (Top Secret) with counterintelligence polygraph clearances. Areas of expertise include ICS-Cyber security best practices and performance metrics, unique security and Data Privacy challenges in the Internet of Things environment in both corporate and government environments.  

Don is the co-chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Washington D.C. chapter (2017-2019) and has detailed knowledge of US Data Privacy and cybersecurity practices with an emphasis on GDPR and US Privacy Shield implications. Don has provided expert witness testimony in both criminal and civil litigation matters on cybersecurity, data privacy, and electronic surveillance issues.

As CISO of Urban FT, Don leads a team of employees and subject matter experts to craft a comprehensive cybersecurity and data privacy digital banking platform (combining core banking, social media, and PFM tools) for mobile devices supporting the financial services industry in the USA. As CISO of Swift Exchange, Don coordinated and hosted two Global cybersecurity and data privacy conferences with DLA Piper in Washington D.C.

Don regularly speaks at global E-Commerce (Merchants Risk Counsel 2014-2015), and the Consumer Electronics Global Government seminars (2008-2015) providing best practices guidance for a range of consumer firms as they migrate into the world of the Internet of Things (IoT) such as interconnections between mobile phone applications and online banking. 

Don worked in the FBI over 23 years in a variety of investigative programs focusing on International Cyber Crime and Cyber National Security Operations with particular emphasis on cybersecurity challenges that have significant impacts on the global financial services industry, energy sector and health care industries.  Don acted as the principal liaison officer to DHS US-CERT and ICS-CERT for the FBI and was the lead supervisor for the Cyberstorm II and III national cyber exercises.

His FBI experience also includes cyber aspects of Violent Crime, Foreign Counter-Intelligence, Technical Operations, and Undercover Operations.

He served as the FBI’s chairman of an international cybercrime working group consisting of the heads of Cyber Investigative Departments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He still actively participates in several Internet security, stability and governance policy working for groups with ICANN, G-20, and G-8 groups and is often called for subject matter expertise in Cybercriminal cases by law enforcement and government agencies in Africa, the Pacific Rim, and Europe. Don speaks proficient French and served as assistant FBI Legal attach√© in Paris, France as well as Bridgetown, Barbados and was selected to attend the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for leadership development. Don served in the United States Marine Corps Infantry prior to university. 

Service on Corporate boards and mentorship to cybersecurity and IoT startups:

  • REGO Payment Systems
  • Flashpoint-Intel
  • Eunomics
  • Urban FT
  • PARM (Proactive Risk Management)

A partial listing of speaking engagements:

  • National Association of Corporate Directors- November 2016
  • Canadian Shipping and Insurance summit-October 2016
  • Corporate Cyber awareness training for Patron Spirits, John Paul Mitchell Systems, iSight Partners 2013-2015.
  • Merchant Risk Council-2014 and 2015.
  • Energy, Oil and Gas sector CISO and CIO’s conferences-USA and UAE/Abu Dhabi-2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
  • Healthcare arena CISO/CIO on HIPPA issues and cyber security-twice in 2014.
  • NYC Security and Technical Forum-Cyber Security-2014 and 2015.
  • Eastern European/Ukrainian cybersecurity summits-2012-2013 speaking about crime trends, the value of cyber threat intelligence, best practices for investigators, banks and online merchants operating outside the EU.
  • CES Government (CES-G) Las Vegas-in conjunction with global CES 2008-2015-keynote speaker, panelist, SME for 7 years cochair of CES-G agenda committee for 7 years.
  • International Cyber Crime Symposium (ICCS) 2008-2011 Fordham University.


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