Debra Katz

Debra S. Katz is a founding partner with the whistleblower and employment law firm Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP, in Washington, D.C. ( She specializes in the representation of employees in whistleblower-retaliation cases and in representing individuals in the submission of “tips” to whistleblower reward programs such as those administered by the SEC and the Internal Revenue Service. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Project on Government Oversight, a nonpartisan independent government watchdog that champions good government reforms and works to strengthen laws and regulations to protect whistleblowers from intimidation and retaliation. Ms. Katz earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She can be reached at


Ignoring Issues Raised By Cybersecurity Whistleblowers Only Compounds the Problem

2015 continues the trend of expensive and high-profile data breaches. Given both the business costs and the legal liability associated with data breaches, companies need to think twice about how they deal with employees who come forward to report cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Ignoring the issue and lashing out against the potential whistleblower will only compound the company’s problem.

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