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James M. Aquilina

James M. Aquilina

Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company

Los Angeles, CA, USA

James M. Aquilina is the Senior Executive Managing Director of Stroz Friedberg, a  leading cybersecurity and computer forensics consultancy.  He is a member of the Stroz Friedberg Executive Management team and leads the firm’s global Digital Forensics practice. He supervises numerous digital forensic, Internet investigative, and electronic discovery assignments for government agencies, major law firms, and corporate management and information systems departments in criminal, civil, regulatory and internal corporate matters. These matters include: data breach, e-forgery, wiping, mass deletion and other forms of spoliation, leaks of confidential information, computer-enabled theft of trade secrets, and illegal electronic surveillance.

Mr. Aquilina also has led the development of the Stroz Friedberg Online Fraud and Abuse practice, regularly consulting on the technical and strategic aspects of protecting computer networks from spyware and other invasive software, malware and malicious code, online fraud, and other forms of illicit Internet activity.

Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Aquilina was an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where he served in the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section. He also served on the Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force, and as chair of the Computer Intrusion Working Group, an inter-agency cyber-crime response organization.

As an AUSA, Mr. Aquilina conducted and supervised investigations and prosecutions of computer intrusions, denial of service attacks, Internet fraud, copyright infringement, and he brought the first U.S. prosecution of a malicious botnet actor. Mr. Aquilina also served in the Major Frauds and Terrorism/Organized Crime Sections, and in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, helped establish and run the Legal Section of the FBI’s Emergency Operations Center.

Before public service, he was an associate at the law firm Richards, Spears, Kibbe & Orbe and served as federal judicial law clerk to the Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.

He currently serves as an Honorary Council Member on cyber-law issues for the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), and is a member of Working Group 1 of the Sedona Conference, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, among others. He also serves on the Board of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, a non-profit organization helping young people understand civics.

Books: Co-author of “Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code,” “Malware Forensics Windows Field Guide” and “Malware Forensics Linux Field Guide,” all published by Syngress Publishing, an imprint of Elsevier.

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