Debra J. Farber, CEO of Farber Strategies, Co-founder of, and Co-Founder of Women in Security & Privacy

Debra J. Farber, CEO of Farber Strategies, Co-founder of, and Co-Founder of Women in Security & Privacy

Debra J. Farber | 

Debra J. Farber is an executive data privacy and security consultant with 15 years of data strategy, operations, public policy, training, product, and compliance experience across industries and frameworks. She is CEO and Principal Consultant at Farber Strategies Inc., a data protection consulting firm; Co-founder of, a SaaS-based workflow automation platform built specifically for privacy consultants; and Co-founder of the nonprofit project Women in Security and Privacy (WISP). She is also a frequent speaker at conferences and events.

Debra is an involved member of the privacy and InfoSec communities and serves on several industry, government, and startup advisory boards. She is a member of the IAPP CIPT Exam Development Advisory Board, IEEE Data Privacy Process Standards Working Group, California Cyber Security Task Force, and the Advisory Board for privacy technology startup, BigID. In addition, she serves as Editorial Board Member for Cyber Security: A Peer-Reviewed Journal. 

Most recently, Debra served as Sr. Director, Global Public Policy (Privacy & Security) at Visa where she oversaw a portfolio of issues, including data privacy, cybercrime, cybersecurity, product security, risk, authentication, IoT, blockchain, and payment risk. In this role, she represented Visa on the World Economic Forum’s Advancing Cyber Resilience Working Group, which published a toolkit for global boards of directors.

Prior to her role at Visa, Debra held privacy and security leadership roles at IBM, American Express, TrustArc, Numera, IANS, and The Advisory Board Company. She has earned several designations, including the CISSP-ISSMP, CIPP/US/G, CIPT, CIPM, and FIP. Debra holds a BA in English from Binghamton University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School. She’s currently completing her Executive Certificate of Business Excellence for UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Debra is also the host of The Privacy Pact podcast series here on ITSPmagazine where she and select experts from around the world will discuss how data privacy, information governance, and technology truly intersect. Tune in to learn how to trust your tech again.

Debra's Chronicles


"The Privacy Pact"

Debra's Webinars

We live in a world enabled by and surrounded by technology - and each day there's a new device to hit the market designed to make our lives easier, more convenient, and perhaps even healthier. As a society - both as individuals and as organizations serving us - we snatch up these new devices as quickly as they hit the shelves and use them with open arms, unknowingly putting privacy and safety at risk.

This expert panel looked at a variety of these connected things - from connected cars to automated homes to the IoT-enabled medical devices we will have implanted in our bodies.