The former co-chair of BakerHostetler’s information governance team and founder of its e-discovery and technology group has joined BDO Consulting as the managing director of the firm’s technology advisory services practice, the BDO USA LLP division announced on Wednesday.
Judy Selby brings more than two decades of experience in the insurance and technology spheres to BDO Consulting’s Stamford, Connecticut, office, where she will advise organizations and their attorneys about cyber insurance, cybersecurity, information governance, data privacy and complex insurance concerns, according to the firm.
“The reason I was so happy to take a position here at BDO is that they, like I, take a holistic view of data,” Selby told Law360 on Wednesday, explaining that she puts on emphasis on handling data throughout its life cycle, from collecting and securing data to monetizing it and eventually getting rid of it.
“BDO took the exact same approach that I do, and I like that,” she said.
Before joining BDO Consulting, Selby was a partner at BakerHostetler, holding multiple leadership roles during her six years at the firm. Her practice involved handling complex insurance coverage matters, helping companies obtain cyber insurance and aiding insurers in drafting policy language regarding cyber and regulatory risks, she said.
Sleby said that she had practiced law for about 25 years and “really loved it,” but started to notice over the last few years that her work was beginning to center on cyber-related issues and become more consultative in nature.
“It was the emergence of cyber insurance that I saw as really crucial at the same time I was dealing with privacy issues and cross-border security concerns,” she said. “Everything kind of married and came up together at the same time.”
With every company becoming a digital company, there’s a lot of opportunity to provide value on the front end by helping corporations better handle their data and prevent information issues from becoming a drain on their core mission, so consulting seemed a logical next step for her, Selby said.
At BDO Consulting, Selby said she plans to focus on helping companies with their cybersecurity, both proactively and reactively. Her work will also heavily involve cyber insurance, helping companies look at their policies and see how the coverage fits together and addresses cybersecurity issues, she said.
“The industry is starting to respond and come up with products to address these risks that can become really crippling to a company,” she said.
There’s still room to grow, offering tremendous opportunity to provide great service, Selby said.
“I think companies have a pretty good idea about the causes of a fire, for example,” she said. “Those same types of factors that help insurers develop the data they like to have to write policies is still evolving in the cyberspace.”
Selby received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School.
This post originally appeared on Law 360.