Sam Rubin

Vice President, Unit 42 by Palo Alto Networks

Sam Rubin is a vice president at Unit 42. He maintains an active docket of cases, serving as an expert witness in digital forensics. He has deep expertise in matters involving theft of intellectual property, incident response, e-forgery, leaks of confidential information, and information security best practices.

Prior to joining the team, Sam was a Managing Director with Stroz Friedberg. There, he led technical teams in a variety of cyber-related engagements, including digital forensic investigations, IT security risk assessments, and data breach incident response. He also oversaw Stroz Friedberg’s U.S. western region digital forensic practice and was actively involved in the strategic development of the firm’s cyber and eDiscovery service offerings.

He has served as an expert witness in digital forensics and has provided expert testimony in numerous civil and criminal matters. Triers of fact have relied upon Sam’s technical advice and expert opinions in a number of high- stakes cases, including Epic Systems Corporation’s landmark victory in a trade secret misappropriation case, a federal criminal securities fraud case against the former CEO of Qwest, and civil litigation stemming from Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion dollar Ponzi scheme.

Sam is co-author of “What Every Lawyer Should Know About Digital Forensics,” published in The Pennsylvania Lawyer (Fall 2006), and is a frequent presenter and lecturer on computer forensics, insider threats to proprietary data, and other cyber-related topics.

Sam received his B.A. in Political Science from Emory University. He holds active certifications as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), GIAC Critical Controls Certification (GCCC), and as an EnCase® Certified Forensic Examiner (EnCE).