Zoe Tishler

Zoe is a Special Counsel and leading member of HWL Ebsworth’s cyber incident response team.

Zoe is well-versed in all aspects of incident response from immediate risk management and containment through to the resolution of third party claims and regulatory responses.

Zoe has particular expertise in co-ordinating the response to large scale and multi-party cyber incidents and supports her clients to navigate through significant cyber events.

Beyond incident response, Zoe has strong focus on privacy, data protection and cyber security and regularly advises insurers, government agencies and private sector organisations on these issues.

Zoe also has experience acting in complex commercial disputes and litigation (predominantly for directors and officers, professionals and insurers) as well as regulatory and commission of inquiry matters.


Zoe’s experience includes advising:

  • A large multinational payroll software provider, as an incident response manager, in respect of a ransomware attack impacting multiple clients, including advising on eDiscovery processes, privacy and other regulatory obligations, stakeholder management and PR/media management;
  • A state public sector insurer whilst on secondment as a privacy officer, advising on issues relevant to PPIP Act information requests, internal review applications and claims for compensation in response to a significant state Government cyber incident;
  • A state public sector insurer on coverage and strategy issues arising from significant state Government cyber incidents;
  • An international software company on its potential cyber liability in providing data hosting services including likely quantum of third party claims for compensation, potential incident response and ransomware costs and first party recovery costs; and
  • A law firm in obtaining a successful injunction against a cyber threat actor the Supreme Court of NSW, the first of its kind in Australia.

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