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Social engineering to access sensitive or private information is one of the most dangerous and effect methods for penetrating common network security measures. Relying on techniques and practices mastered by foreign intelligence services and criminals from around the globe, social engineering leverages propensities and patterns of conduct by humans to bypass technical network defenses, and basically opens the door to information through individuals with legitimate access. Industrial espionage and other criminal activity takes advantage of basic human behavior.

Awareness of common techniques used by aggressors, appropriate response measures, and best individual security practices will help employees of government agencies, private industry, health care facilities, financial institutions or anywhere else that regularly stores sensitive information, be prepared for and prevent information loss. 
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Thomas Barnard
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Mr. Barnard is a former Assistant United States Attorney and Army officer who brings more than 20 years of government experience to his practice.

With a focus on litigation and health law, he represents clients in government investigations and litigation, including qui tams under the False Claims Act and related administrative proceedings. He also advises clients with regard to government contracts, cybersecurity, and investigations of alleged procurement fraud, including those involving parallel criminal investigations.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Barnard served in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Maryland. During his tenure there, he served as counsel for the United States in numerous investigations under the False Claims Act, focusing on government contract and health care fraud. He also served as counsel in a wide range of defensive civil litigation for the United States, handling all aspects of cases through discovery, motions, mediation, trial and appeal. As the office e-discovery coordinator, Mr. Barnard served on the Department of Justice e-discovery Working Group, on the District of Maryland Sub-Committee on e-discovery, and as a lecturer on e-discovery at the National Advocacy Center.

University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2001)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, Editor-in-Chief
United States Military Academy (B.S., 1995)
Distinguished Cadet