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James M. Aquilina

James M. Aquilina

Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company
President, Aon Cyber
Los Angeles, CA, USA


James M. Aquilina is the President of AON Cyber Solutions at Stroz Friedberg, having formerly led the firm’s global Digital Forensics practice, the West Coast Region, and the firm’s flagship Los Angeles office. In addition to overall leadership of the firm, he personally 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 three published by Syngress Publishing, an imprint of Elsevier.

James M. Aquilina is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters 2018 Cybersecurity Predictions: A Shift to Managing Cyber as an Enterprise Risk (January 2018) - Nineteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law, Monday, May 07, 2018
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