Meredith Griffanti leads the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Communications practice and specializes in crisis and high-stakes litigation communications, with a focus on complex cybersecurity attacks and data privacy investigations. She provides counsel to clients on both cybersecurity preparedness and incident response matters involving PII, PHI, IP and other sensitive data across a wide range of industries.
Ms. Griffanti has worked on some of the most high-profile and highly sensitive data breaches around the world and has successfully navigated responses to complex incidents such as business email compromise, phishing and spear phishing, DDoS, credential stuffing, nation-state and major, double-extortion ransomware attacks. She was named a 2020 Person of the Year for Crisis Management by PR News.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Griffanti spent six years as a spokesperson for Equifax, a $3+ billion revenue, NYSE-listed company. As the Crisis Communications Leader for the company’s Office of Transformation, she was responsible for driving enterprise messaging around the response to one of the largest cyberattacks in history. Post-breach, she worked closely with the company’s Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Transformation Officer to rebuild trust with the public and communicate remediation efforts and program enhancements to other key stakeholders including clients, investors, media and regulators. Ms. Griffanti also helped to revamp Equifax’s crisis management protocols and processes post-breach and advised executive leadership in advance of critical public appearances such as U.S. Congressional hearings and media interviews.
Previously, Ms. Griffanti was Equifax’s International Public Affairs Leader, where she spearheaded the company’s external engagement program across 10 Latin America countries to impact public opinion, shape favorable policy and mitigate regulatory risk to the company. A fluent Spanish speaker, Ms. Griffanti was responsible for driving the response to various crises across the region, as well as the integration strategies for several multi-million-dollar acquisitions. She joined Equifax in 2013 as the Senior Director of Public Relations & Corporate Communications and managed communications strategies for the company’s two largest businesses, helping to improve its reputation with consumers, regulators and clients.
Ms. Griffanti began her career on Capitol Hill, where she served as a communications director, spokesperson and press secretary to several elected officials.
Ms. Griffanti holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia and furthered her international studies abroad at the Universität Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria.
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