Senior Information Security & Data Privacy Executive Deena Coffman Joins BDO Consulting

August 2016

New York – August 10, 2016 — BDO Consulting, a division of BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services organizations, today announced the appointment of Deena Coffman as Managing Director in the firm’s Technology Advisory Services practice. Ms. Coffman brings more than 20 years of experience in information security and risk management to her new role, where she will provide strategic consulting services and advise organizations on cybersecurity, data privacy, data analytics and compliance.
“Cross-border data transfers continue to be constrained by disparate global privacy regulations and stricter oversight, which significantly impact business operations for many organizations,” said Carl W. Pergola, Executive Director of BDO Consulting. “Deena’s compliance knowledge and in-house IT experience will be instrumental in helping BDO’s clients balance risk with value as data privacy obligations grow in an escalating cyber threat environment.”
“Risk management and data privacy and security are not simply IT issues, but also strategic priorities that require management and board attention as well as firm-wide engagement,” said Shahryar Shaghaghi, National Leader of BDO’s Technology Advisory Services practice and Head of International BDO Cybersecurity. “Deena’s consulting background and security experience in protecting digital assets, including managing compliance, training and vendor oversight, make her a valuable addition to the team.”
“Having led operations for cybersecurity and data analytics practices, I am very pleased to join BDO’s global network of high-caliber technology professionals,” said Ms. Coffman. “I look forward to adding my depth of experience in digital forensics and information security to help clients navigate complex data privacy challenges by delivering effective compliance solutions.” 
Prior to joining BDO, Ms. Coffman served as CEO of a boutique consulting firm providing information security and data privacy services, including data breach prevention and response. She also served as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for an international company supplying insurance products for cyber liability and data breach insurance policies, as well as for a publicly traded retail client. Previously, Ms. Coffman was COO at Kroll Advisory Solutions, a member of Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services practice, Director of Discovery at Johnson & Johnson, and Director of Legal Business Technologies at Thompson Hine.
Ms. Coffman received her Bachelor of Arts in Management from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management. She is certified in Global Information Assurance Security Essentials (GSEC) as well as data privacy from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
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