One of the most listened to guests in Task Force 7 Radio history. She is not only a cyber-security expert, but she is a multidimensional professional with experience and expertise in a variety of different domains and that is what makes her so interesting to listen to…. Adriana has one of the top 5 most listened to episodes...”

George Rettas


NOVEMBER 5 – 9, 2018
Sanford is the keynote speaker at the Cyber security Career Accelerator Expo on December 1st in Sacramento.

 OCTOBER 29 – NOVEMBER 2, 2018
Sanford was quoted in a Cyber Security Hub article titled “The Nexus Between Cyber Crime and Emerging Global Threats.” Click here to access the article.

 OCTOBER 22 – 26, 2018
 Sanford was interviewed on Task Force 7 Radio. Topics included the nexus between the top global threats, as well as ramifications for non-compliance with competing multi-jurisdictional legislation. She addressed the strong nexus between cyber security and AML compliance, as well as between cyber security and counterfeiting and human trafficking. She also touched on why the developments of new foreign legislation and regulations are listed among the top global cyber security threats for 2018.

 OCTOBER 1 – 5, 2018

      Sanford spoke about “Women in Security” on October 9th in New Orleans at the (ISC)2 Security Congress, the largest international cybersecurity conference in the world.

 SEPTEMBER 17 – 21, 2018
       Sanford was the keynote speaker for the 2018 Phoenix Security and Audit Conference on September 20th - sponsored by ISSA, ISACA, ISC2, and the Institute of Internal Auditors. Her spoke on the following topic-- Cybersecurity: Complexities of Transferring Personal Data--Security, Privacy, GDPR, and the Upcoming California Consumer Privacy Act.

SEPTEMBER 10 – 14, 2018
        Sanford was the September 11 Keynote. LMU’s first speaker as a part of the 2018-2019 Faculty Pub Night series. Her topic “Under The New Security Landscape: Ramifications of International Multi-jurisdictional Conflicts”
SEPTEMBER 3 – 7, 2018
       Sanford was quoted in Cyber Security Hub discussing how the passing of California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will impact businesses. Click here.

 AUGUST 27 – 31, 2018
      Sanford was a featured guest on Task Force 7 Radio discussing California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Click here.

AUGUST 20 – 24, 2018
·      Sanford is being featured by the LMU library. Her topic: “Security: Ramifications of International Multi-jurisdictional Conflicts”.

APRIL 23 – 27, 2018

      Sanford was quoted in Cyber Security Hub’s March 2018 white paper, Reducing Risk, Creating Compliance with GDPR.

APRIL 16 – 20, 2018
       Sanford was a  guest speaker on Task Force 7, hosted by George Rettas, on Monday, April 16th at 5:00pm. The show was  live about Mr. Zuckerberg and Facebook and new challenges facing the tech industry, and there was a 3 minute “shout out” to LMU and the LMU students.

 APRIL 9 – 13, 2018
       Sanford was on CNN Dinero on Monday, April 9 at 5:00 p.m. discussing Facebook and data protection.

 APRIL 2 – 6, 2018
       Sanford appeared on CNN:
“Se evaporaron US$60.000 millones: ¿está el bitcoin en una peligrosa encrucijada?” with host Jose Manuel Rodríguez to discuss Google and its ban of crypto currency advertisement on March 30th.

MARCH 26 – 30, 2018
        Sanford appeared on CNN:
"¿Es hora de crear una agencia de protección de datos digitales?" with host Rafael Romo to discuss the Facebook scandal on March 29th

MARCH 19 – 23, 2018
        Sanford was a guest speaker on Task Force Radio’s show “Is Blockchain Going to Change the World?” with George Rettas on March 19th. Click here to listen.

MARCH 12 – 16, 2018

       Sanford was interviewed in “Is Cryptocurrency Cyber Security's Next Big Threat?” on To listen, click here. 

MARCH 5 – 9, 2018
 ·    Sanford participated in the Amnesty International USA Annual General Meeting and AI USA’s Board Member Meeting in Washington D.C. from February 23rd - 26th.

FEB 26 – March 2, 2018
        Sanford was quoted in the article titled “U.S. Needs GDPR-Like Privacy Laws: Cyber Expert” about cyber-security on February 20th.

JAN 19 – 23, 2018
       Sanford was featured in a live interview onTask Force 7 Radio at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 19. The show’s topic is “Balancing Security and Privacy in an Interconnected World.”

JAN 29 – FEB 2

       Sanford published an article titled “Human Trafficking: The Global Economy’s Plague on Humanity” in the January 2018 edition of ISM Forward Scan, an Institute for Supply Management publication.

JAN 15 – 19, 2018

       Sanford wrote a chapter titled "Under a New Security Landscape--A Guide for CEOs and Board of Directors on Multi-jurisdictional Legal Issues” in the recently published book, Women in Security Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation, part of the Women in Engineering and Science book series.

JAN 8 – 12, 2018

       Sanford and her daughter represented LMU at the SAN Cyber Security Defense Initiative CONNECT event in Washington, DC. in December, 2017.


" Following an abduction while on company business, international whistleblower Dr. Adriana Sanford has distinguished herself by educating executives, thousands of college students, and the public at large on global threats and the dangers of corporate corruption. She also appears regularly as an international television commentator to over 24 million viewers in the United States and Latin America. 

Dr. Sanford works with a broad range of global organizations to strengthen responsibility and builds foundations of trust and integrity in foreign markets. The Notre Dame and Georgetown-educated corporate lawyer provides high impact experiential courses featuring real-world encounters that demonstrate the complexities of open-ended situations and the severe consequences that may result from foreign jurisdiction non-compliance.

Have you ever been on a path where no path you take is the right path? As a former in-house counsel of a Fortune 50 company, Dr. Sanford warns that legal ethics rules are varied in foreign countries and sometimes conflict with domestic rules, which places U.S. companies, executives, and in-house counsel in the position of deciding which laws and ethical rules to follow and which to break. The absence of uniform global rules of legal ethics creates serious ramifications for U.S. attorneys with multijurisdictional practices. Her focus is on global threats and laws at the international level, where possible outcomes for a company’s non-compliance creates criminal liability and poses physical danger for executives and their in-house counsel in foreign territories.

Dr. Sanford’s extensive experience addressing international organized crime and linking it to corporate fraud, bribery clubs, and other forms of business malfeasance spans over a 20-year period, including an illegal scheme that resulted in the arrest and 30-year imprisonment of her former employer’s CEO. Over the past years, she handled several complex corruption and embezzlement cases in the United States and Latin America.

When the pre-Snowden whistleblower later found herself in peril for uncovering illegal schemes that went far beyond taxes and white-collar crime, she again diligently protected her team. For the last decade, Dr. Sanford has focused her path towards teaching and educating others on these difficult issues and global threats. Her actions have been viewed by the public as a badge-of-honor and a model to be studied within corporate legal ethics.

Although Dr. Sanford’s most recent situation is over twelve years old, it is a textbook case of why whistleblower protection laws and regulations should protect attorneys. After uncovering an illegal scheme, her life was in danger; she was repeatedly placed in harm’s way and was faced with bad actors that were corrupt, unethical, and dangerous. Physical harm had already befallen at least one team member.

Her courage and endurance through trial and tribulations, along with two decades of practical legal knowledge in real-world settings, sets her apart from other academics in her field.

An unfortunate result of being an international whistleblower was that twelve years later, she was reprimanded for her disclosures to the regulators and the press. Despite the fact that Dr. Sanford’s disclosures were made for safety reasons, and that most of the on-going illegal activity was never made public (except for a Brazilian tax matter), she received a one-month sanction from a state bar more than a decade later.

With decades of international law experience, multiple law degrees, and fluency in four languages, the international cybersecurity expert serves as a keynote to leading think tanks, non-profits, and companies in the U.S., Mexico, and Chile, and has lectured at more than 130 industry conferences and fora. Last year, Dr. Sanford provided keynote addresses to high-ranking government officials and senior corporate leaders in Chile. She also served on the advisory committee of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI), as well as a Georgetown Law Dean’s Visiting Scholar and a Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Talca’s business school in Chile.

Earlier this year, she co-authored a security book, Women in Security: Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation, which is part of the Women in Science and Engineering book series. The business law and ethics professor to more than 7,500 graduate and undergraduate students continues to educate students at Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University. In addition to her speaking engagements, teaching, and serving on the USA board of the largest human rights organization in the world, Dr. Sanford has also published numerous articles and co-authored two books on global threats that were adopted by the Institute for Supply Management."

Multiple law degrees along with post-graduate studies in global management; fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French

Because non-compliance with the CCPA could cost companies dearly, instituting stronger privacy protections at the federal level might be next or alternatively, California’s statute may likely spur other states to proactively pass similar legislation, regardless of federal action. This step would eliminate the current inconsistent patchwork of state laws and provide greater protection for all U.S. citizens.”

Adriana Sanford

Panama City, Panama


"Eight LMU professors (4 per semester) are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project.... Adriana will discuss her recent chapter, "Under the New Security Landscape: Ramifications of International Multijurisdictional Conflicts" from Women in Security: Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation."

Meeting with New York Times Reporter

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Notre Dame Professor G. Robert Blakey

"Adriana is a very conscientious attorney."

President and CEO of Latin America
Consumer & Industrial 
General Electric Company

Is Blockchain Technology Going to Change the World?
March 19, 2018

Former Amnesty International USA Board Member
Former World Economic Forum Advisory Committee Member

International TV Commentator | Cyber Security Expert |
Strategic International Consultant | Professor |
​Chilean-American Author | Corporate Lawyer

"Adriana is extremely knowledgeable and articulate both as a presenter and as a writer on topics of supply chain ethics, international financial crime enforcement, and other matters of comparative law.  Her contemporary teaching style and high degree of professionalism have proven to be extremely valuable."

Chief Content & Engagement Officer

Institute for Supply Management™

"An audience grabber - Dr. Sanford addressed numerous questions and attendees expressed their desire to have additional talks by Dr. Sanford in the future!"

ISSA Executive Director, Washington, D.C.


"[Sanford] has a sound legal mind regarding international anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism matters. She has a keen understanding of the practical aspects of law enforcement in the United States and various South American nations. Some of those countries have been mentioned publicly as potential weak links in the ongoing struggle against money laundering by organize crime and terrorists."

Senior Legal Counsel, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Andrew Rohm, Ph.D.

Chair of Department of Marketing and Business Law


Attorney and ND Criminal Law Professor Blakey is the nation's foremost authority on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO)

The Nexus Between Cyber Crime & Emerging Global Threats