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B.J. Altvater advises clients on a broad range of national security, cybersecurity, and data privacy issues, including reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), cybersecurity incident response, cybersecurity and privacy compliance obligations, and internal investigations.

For national security issues, Mr. Altvater advises clients on potential national security risks posed by foreign investment, and he assists clients seeking national security approval before CFIUS. Mr. Altvater also advises clients on sensitive national security investigations and compliance matters, including mitigation agreements with CFIUS and issues under the National Industrial Security Program (NISPOM).

  • Represent numerous domestic and international companies in securing the approval of CFIUS.
  • Represent companies in responding to data and cybersecurity incidents, including attacks by Advanced Persistent Threats targeting personal information of individuals and intellectual property.
  • Represent a cleared U.S. company in conducting an internal investigation related to a sensitive national security matter and associated regulatory and litigation risks.
  • Advise companies in development of cybersecurity and information security policies, including cybersecurity incident response and data privacy.
  • Advise multiple technology and software companies on privacy and data security-related matters, including supply chain security and compliance with various federal laws.

Pro Bono

  • Provide guidance on FERPA and state educational privacy law requirements to a private school for children with special needs and a non-profit educational technology provider.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • U.S. Air Force Reserve
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Air Force, Intelligence Officer
  • Department of Homeland Security, Intelligence Oversight Officer and Policy Analyst