Access Partnership – Ensuring Your Company’s Cyber and Privacy Compliance

Data and technology are essential assets to all businesses.

As data and technology dependency grows, so do cybersecurity threats, privacy concerns and questions about how to protect your data and IT infrastructure. Policy-makers are responding by regulating quickly, significantly complicating the business environment for small and mid-size companies. This is particularly true for businesses trying to operate across borders in multiple legal jurisdictions.

As these trends force clients to move away from traditional compliance-driven “check-the-box” approaches, companies that want to derive value from their data must adopt a comprehensive approach to data management​.

What Access Partnership Provides

Access Partnership has the skills, expertise and infrastructure necessary to provide companies, large and small, with everything they need to operate securely
and without regulatory risk. Our Data Governance Advisory Team monitors cybersecurity and data policy developments around the world, helps organisations respond and build their capabilities, and promotes regulations that encourage growth.

We provide:

  • Assessed regulatory risks
  • Assured compliance with international regulatory regimes
  • Customised data governance frameworks
  • Fully developed and implemented internal policies
  • Monitoring of developments and best practice

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Our Team

Halak Mehta

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Halak Mehta is an International Public Policy Manager at Access Partnership, based in Washington, D.C. She works for a range of clients to develop ICT strategies, shape policy discussions, and access new markets, and has advised clients in matters related to cloud computing, Big Data, artificial intelligence, data protection, cybersecurity, and privacy regulations.

Prior to Access Partnership, Halak was a member of the Litigation and Investigations group at a global investigations and compliance firm, where she performed internal regulatory investigations and developed risk-management strategies for Tier-1 financial institutions. She has helped clients navigate the legal and cultural pitfalls inherent to internal and government investigations spanning many jurisdictions. She is an expert at deploying investigative and e-discovery technologies (such as data analytics and predictive coding) to perform effective and defensible investigations in an efficient and timely manner. She has extensive global, on-the-ground experience working on behalf of clients, with specific expertise in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and China.

Halak attended Widener School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and received her Master of Arts in Social Justice at Loyola University Chicago. Halak also has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, where she was a Magis Scholar and graduated with honours.

Tymoteusz Kurpeta
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As a Director for Market Access and Regulatory Compliance, Tymoteusz ensures that clients’ technologies and services are authorised everywhere they operate. The team he leads then ensures compliance with national and international regulations in every jurisdiction in the world, on time, and on budget.

Tymoteusz has worked at senior levels of European policy-making on technology and cybersecurity: prior to joining Access Partnership, he was responsible for multilateral outreach and coordination on technology issues for the government in his native Poland. He project managed and co-authored the 2017 ITU Global Cybersecurity Index, measuring the commitment of countries to cybersecurity, and in the private sector, continued to be responsible for cybersecurity policy. His work has included lawful interception and communication encryption regulation, and he has an extensive network of contacts around the world in telecommunications regulatory agencies and information network security agencies.

Tymoteusz holds a degree in International Law, PRINCE Foundation and Agile PRACTITIONER certificates, and is an experienced negotiator. He is fluent in English and Polish, and speaks working-level Spanish.

Ryan Johnson

ryan_johnson_300Ryan leads Access Partnership’s cybersecurity policy portfolio. In that capacity, he consults on international cybersecurity policy issues for a range of clients in both government and industry, with a focus on ensuring the security of critical systems while enabling innovation and development. In addition, he is a leader in the company’s Data Governance Compliance and Advisory practice, where he leverages his deep experience in global privacy and data protection rules to help growing companies understand their obligations in this rapidly developing space.

Ryan has worked on Internet governance issues for nearly a decade, primarily in developing countries in Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Before joining Access Partnership, Ryan founded Neo Globe Consulting, where he managed market research, policy advocacy and new market entry activities, and focused on cybersecurity, data protection and cryptography. He has advised various Latin American governments on their digital agendas, national cybersecurity strategies and electronic-crime laws. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Intercultural Relations from Indiana Wesleyan University and is completing a Masters in Internet Governance and Contemporary Diplomacy at the University of Malta.

Erika Barros Sierra

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Erika has also worked with leading international organisations, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she developed studies on the impact of technology on the financial sector across Latin America and used key findings to draft tailored policy recommendations. Erika holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from ITAM in Mexico City. She is qualified to practice law in New York and Mexico.

Matteo Cherchi
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Matteo provides engineering support to telecom clients and ensures that both existing and new technologies benefit from rapid and consistent access to telecom markets through spectrum management policies and the coordination process. His areas of expertise also include service strategy, the design of and transition to operation using platform infrastructures, the continuous service improvement of platforms, and network design.

Before joining Access Partnership, Matteo was the Radio Resource Management Engineer at Inmarsat in London, where he worked with both the public and private sectors on spectrum management, customer service, design, and validation. He began his career in early 2011 as a RF Engineer in Eutelsat, where he was responsible for earth station access and management in Eutelsat’s satellite fleet.

Matteo is a graduate in Engineering, has a Masters degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Cagliari, and is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). During his career he also obtained a certificate in ITIL service management and two Cisco certifications: CCNA and CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) in routing and switching.