Linn Foster Freedman Joins Faculty of Brown University’s New Executive Master in Cybersecurity Program

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Chair of Robinson+Cole’s Data Privacy + Security Team brings industry leadership and experience counseling global corporations on how to protect data, assets, and clients

Linn Freedman
As a leading lawyer in cybersecurity, Linn Freedman brings extensive experience counseling global corporations to protect their brands, assets, and clients in the face of growing data breaches and complex legal environments to the program.

Linn Foster Freedman, chair of Robinson+Cole’s Data Privacy + Security Team, has joined the faculty of Brown University’s new Executive Master in Cybersecurity (EMCS) as adjunct professor of the practice, computer science. The 16-month graduate program that starts this fall uses practical, hands-on experience to produce visionary leaders who understand the technology, human, and policy issues that are key to an effective cybersecurity strategy.

“As a leading lawyer in cybersecurity, Linn Freedman brings extensive experience counseling global corporations to protect their brands, assets, and clients in the face of growing data breaches and complex legal environments,” said Roberto Tamassia, executive director of the EMCS program. “Her insights will inform the practical scenarios we use in the program and impart real-world knowledge as the students learn robust methodologies and develop comprehensive strategies for defending against current and future cyber threats. Linn’s contributions will advance our mission to cultivate cybersecurity leaders who are ready to address technology, policy, and human challenges. We are excited to have her on the faculty.”

Ms. Freedman focuses her practice at Robinson+Cole on compliance with all state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations, as well as on emergency data breach response and mitigation. She counsels clients on state and federal data privacy and security investigations, litigation, and data breaches. Ms. Freedman works with companies and organizations to adopt a risk management approach to precisely frame the purpose and means for the collection, maintenance, and transfer of high-risk data throughout their organization. She advises them on how to identify high-risk data—both paper and electronic—and to implement measures to protect it, helping them develop defensible, and reasonable, approaches to comply with constantly evolving regulatory requirements and the risk of a data breach. She also is the lead author and editor of the blog Data Privacy + Security Insider.

“Cybersecurity concerns only continue to grow in today’s connected world, and it can be a struggle for businesses to keep abreast of the constantly changing threats and technology. I’m excited that Brown has created this new program focused on preparing business leaders to be nimble in this complex arena and honored to be a part of the faculty,” said Ms. Freedman.

About Brown University Executive Master in Cybersecurity
The Executive Master in Cybersecurity at Brown University prepares confident, visionary leaders who understand the global, technical, human, and policy challenges of cybersecurity. With a central tenet that strategy is the best security, the 16-month graduate program offers professionals a highly collaborative learning environment that blends the best of online and face-to-face education. Students learn from a world-class faculty of academic, industry, and policy leaders from Brown’s top-ranked departments, including the Department of Computer Science and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and from leading organizations in the private and public sectors. To learn more, visit

About Robinson+Cole
Robinson+Cole is a service mark of Robinson & Cole LLP, an Am Law 200 firm with nine offices serving regional, national, and international clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Since 1845, Robinson & Cole LLP has expanded to meet the changing needs of clients. The firm represents corporate, governmental, and nonprofit entities, as well as individual clients, in a wide range of matters, including corporate; business and insurance litigation; tax and tax-exempt; finance; public finance; land use, environmental and utilities, and real estate; health law; labor, employment, and benefits; intellectual property and technology; data privacy and security; and government relations. For more information, please visit

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