Patrick Hynes is a Principal in PwC’s Cyber Crime and Breach Response practice. He and his team help clients investigate breaches and system compromise by either external parties (state sponsored; organized crime,etc.) or through insider threat. Hynes also helps clients prepare for breaches by increasing board and executive awareness, evaluating and enhancing detect and respond capabilities, and helping clients assess the current vulnerabilities in their environment that puts them at risk for a successful attack.
Hynes has had significant involvement in the breach response and investigations of many of the highest profile retail, health insurer, entertainment industry and casino breaches of the last 36 months. He has more than 20 years of information security and forensic investigation experience, and is a frequent speaker at industry and professional conferences and events. Hynes also advises leading boards and has conducted education and training for current and future board members on cybersecurity risks, and the specific obligations and responsibilities of boards around cybersecurity.
He is a contributing author of the book Responding to Targeted Cyberattacks. He also serves on the advisory board for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering digital forensics and cybersecurity programs as well as serves as a mentor and advisor for up and coming forensic and cybersecurity students.