Speaking Engagement

The False Claims Act as a Weapon against Cybersecurity Fraud

[Virtual] FBA 2022 Qui Tam Conference

Online Event

Blank Rome Partner Jennifer Short will serve as a panel speaker at the [Virtual] 2022 Qui Tam Conference—Lincoln’s Law Meets the 21st Century, presented by the Federal Bar Association’s (“FBA”) Qui Tam Section. The conference will be held February 23 through 25, 2022, as an online event.

Jennifer’s session, “The False Claims Act as a Weapon against Cybersecurity Fraud,” will take place on Wednesday, February 23, from 2:20 to 3:20 p.m. EST.


The Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division stated in his most recent “False Claims Act State of the Union” address: “cybersecurity related fraud is another area where we could see enhanced False Claims Act activity. With the growing threat of cyberattacks, federal agencies are increasingly focused on the importance of robust cybersecurity protections. Where such protections are a material requirement of payment or participation under a government program or contract, the knowing failure to include such protections could give rise to False Claims Act liability.” This panel will explore how the False Claims Act (“FCA”) can be used as an effective weapon against cybersecurity breaches, including theories of liability and damages; and President Biden’s executive order on improving the nation’s cybersecurity and how it impacts FCA enforcement.


This year’s conference will focus on how the False Claims Act (“FCA”), a law from the 19th century, is meeting a host of 21st century challenges that range from telemedicine to cybersecurity to data mining. The conference will also highlight emerging Department of Justice priorities, including fraud in pandemic-related spending and Medicare Part C. This annual event provides timely perspectives from all sides of the FCA ecosystem: prosecutors, relator-side attorneys, defense counsel, inspectors general, federal judges, and in-house counsel.

Sessions in addition to Jennifer’s include:

  • Year in Review
  • Prosecuting Telehealth Fraud under the False Claims Act
  • Private Equity—The Newest Face at the FCA Table
  • Moneyball: The Use of Data Analytics in False Claims Act Cases
  • Statistical Sampling and the False Claims Act: Update and Trends
  • Pandemic-Related Fraud and the FCA
  • The Modern Relator
  • Strategies in Evaluating and Pursuing Medicare Part C and Medicaid Managed Care Cases—Falsity and Damages
  • Refereeing the FCA: The View from the Bench

CLE credit is available.

For more information and to register, please visit the event webpage.