Bret Padres

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Bret A. Padres Director, Digital Forensics Mr. Padres has over 20 years experience in the fields of information security, digital forensics, law enforcement, electronic discovery and counterintelligence. At Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Padres leads the digital forensic laboratory in the DC office and co-manages the firm s digital forensics practice. He is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure the highest level of service and quality of deliverables for clients. Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Padres held leadership positions as Director of Incident Response and as Director of Cyber Operations at other private consulting firms. He has led incident response teams to investigate significant hacking incidents occurring in private corporate networks and at government agencies. He has also designed and implemented digital forensic tools and practices for use in incident response and computer analysis for use in both civil and criminal matters. Mr. Padres has directed network surveillance and intrusion detection counterintelligence operations for agencies of the United States Government. For the latter assignments, he built a forensic and field monitoring capability in support of cyber operations. Mr. Padres had a distinguished twenty-two year career in Federal government service, that included serving as the Chief of Research and Development, Computer Crimes Unit, for the US Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. In this position, he managed the research and development program implementing new technologies to enhance computer investigative capabilities. In addition, he performed digital forensic analysis and provided expert testimony in federal court in connection with the espionage prosecution of Brian Regan, who was convicted of stealing classified information for sale to foreign powers Mr. Padres served as a Special Agent in the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, where he was the lead agent on several national and international computer intrusion investigations. He also provided computer forensic support and/or expert reports and testimony detailing the results of forensic examinations in significant criminal investigations involving child pornography, homicide, and rape. His responsibility included coordinating investigative issues with other law enforcement authorities. Mr. Padres has managed on-site teams to collect digital data from multiple sources in many large electronic discovery matters, and led response teams to resolve high risk intrusion incidents at government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Among Mr. Padres notable investigations are: Identified the source and scope of a computer intrusion at a mid-size bank involving an attack on the cryptographic storage of PIN numbers, the loss of over 40,000 debit card numbers and $500,000 in a short time period to enable the bank to restore online banking services safely; Tracked the origin and method of intrusion against a debit card issuer that resulted in over $5,000,000 in loss; After a national online trading broker was unable to stop an ongoing data leakage for over one year, Mr. Padres efforts of one week led to the identification of an external intruder who was responsible for the loss of personally identifiable information for hundreds of thousands of consumers; and Identified the foreign source of data thefts from several Department of Defense (DoD) agencies and DoD contractors, and developed effective remediation plans. While in the US Air Force, Mr. Padres worked in network security at the US Air Force Academy, where he identified, analyzed, resolved and remediated international hacking, mail-bombing and child pornography incidents and performed other computer programming and information security services. Mr. Padres has held security clearances at Top Secret and higher, and certifications as a Computer Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from the International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium, and in C/C++ programming. He received his B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems from Excelsior College. Mr. Padres has made helpful contributions to the digital forensic field by developing open source digital forensic tools and co-hosting a weekly Internet radio show, in which he interviews other experts and explores digital forensics, network security and computer crime topics with thousands of listeners.