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Kenneth Citarella

Guidepost Solutions LLC
Senior Managing Director, Investigations and Cyber Forensics
New York, NY, USA

Kenneth C. Citarella is a senior managing director for the Investigations and Cyber Forensics practice.  He joined Guidepost Solutions in 2010 as a project manager to investigate fraudulent claims for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in its administration of the $20 billion BP compensation fund.  In that capacity, Mr. Citarella supervised 300 professionals, including more than 200 field investigators. Nearly 18,000 claims were referred for investigation; many involved the financial analysis of a claimant’s business operations, including numerous construction-related entities. The project team wrote thousands of fraud reports which were described by an official of the U.S. Department of Justice as the finest body of investigative work he had ever seen.

Mr. Citarella also worked as part of the Guidepost Integrity Monitor team in the New York City Rapid Repair program overseeing Superstorm Sandy-related reconstruction on Staten Island. Guidepost monitored residential repairs from initial assessment through final walk through, documenting work order authorizations and variances between authorized work and actual performance, permitting New York City to properly evaluate invoices and satisfactory performance by contractors.

Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions, Mr. Citarella worked with a commercial litigation law firm and the Corporate Investigations Division of Prudential. 

Mr. Citarella had a distinguished 28-year career as a white-collar and computer crime prosecutor in the Westchester County, New York District Attorney’s Office, which he concluded as Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division. He prosecuted investment frauds, larcenies, embezzlements, anti-trust violations, public corruption, forgeries and many other economic crimes. A pioneer in computer crime prosecution, Mr. Citarella obtained convictions for computer intrusions, malicious software attacks, a software time bomb, spamming, digital child pornography, and the use of the Internet for child exploitation, among other cases.

In addition to his affiliations and designations, Mr. Citarella frequently lectures before professional, legal, academic, corporate and community groups on computer crime and fraud related issues. In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the High Technology Crime Investigation Association.

Speaking Engagements

  • Federal Bar Council 2015 Fall Bench and Bar Retreat, “How to Respond to a Client's Data Breach,” October 2015
  • DoDiligence™ – Reinventing the Due Diligence Process, Topic specialist for Cybersecurity Breakout Session, August 2015
  • ALM 27th Annual General Counsel Conference, “Cybersecurity – What the General Counsel needs to Know,” June 2015
  • Gotham Media, “Cyber Security is Not Optional,” April 2015
  • Law Firm, Cybersecurity: Global Crisis Prevention and Management, “Aftermath of a Breach: Potential Legal Exposure,” February 2015
  • New York State Bar Association 2014 Security Summit, “Protecting Information When Using Third Party Vendors,” November 2014
  • Northeast Chapter of the High Tech Crime Investigation Association, ” Impact of the NSA: Revelations on Law Enforcement,” September 2014
  • Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference, “Integrity Monitorship of Public Construction Projects and the CFE,” June 2014
  • International Information Management Association Conference, “Lessons the Victims Taught Me: Reflections on 25 Years Investigating Cybercrime,” October 2013
  • New York State Society of CPA’s Annual Fraud Conference, “Managing Mass Disaster Insurance Claim Fraud: Administering the Gulf Coast Claims Facility After the BP Oil Spill,” June 2013
  • Northeast Chapter of the High Tech Crime Investigation Association, “Continuing Legal Issues in High Tech Crime,” May 2013
  • Breach Response and Forensics - Managing the Privacy and Cybersecurity Law: Advising the C-Suite on Critical Issues in Our Information Society, ”Crisis and Complying with Law,” March 2013
  • New Jersey Chapter of The Association for Corporate Growth “Cyber Risk: What You and Your Business Needs to Know Right Now: Information and Data Security Breaches,” September 2012

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