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Kroll Associate Managing Director Devon Ackerman Voted Forensic 4:cast Digital Forensic Investigator of the Year

June 19, 2018

Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Senior Digital Sciences Forensics Examiner and expert witness specializes in investigative digital forensics, intrusion response and malware analysis at Kroll

NEW YORK – June 19, 2018 – Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, a global leader in risk mitigation, investigations, compliance, cyber resilience, security and incident response solutions, is pleased to announce that Devon Ackerman, an Associate Managing Director with the firm’s Cyber Risk practice, has been voted Forensic 4:cast 2018 Digital Forensic Investigator of the Year. The award was presented at a ceremony on June 8 during the 2018 SANS Digital Forensics & Incident Response (DFIR) Summit in Austin, Texas. In its 10th year, the Forensic 4:cast Awards recognize the achievements of digital forensic investigators around the world as voted by professionals and peers within the forensics and incident response community.

“On behalf of everyone at Kroll, I congratulate Devon on this prestigious award,” said Jason Smolanoff, Senior Managing Director and Global Cyber Risk Practice Leader for Kroll. “Digital forensics is an intrinsically complex and demanding discipline. To be recognized by his peers in the global digital forensics community speaks to the exceptional knowledge and contributions that Devon brings to the profession, his colleagues and Kroll’s clients every day.”

Ackerman is an authority on digital forensics and has extensive experience in the investigation and remediation of cyber-related threats and incidents. At Kroll, he leads engagements for clients across a wide range of industries involving investigative digital forensics, intrusion response (unauthorized access) and malware analysis. He also serves as team lead for two North America incident response teams, where he conducts and oversees digital evidence collection, triage and preservation.

Ackerman joined Kroll from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he was a Supervisory Special Agent and Senior Digital Sciences Forensics Examiner in the Digital Evidence Field Operations Unit. In this role, he oversaw and coordinated all FBI Digital Forensics-related field operations across the United States. Ackerman has also provided expert witness testimony in federal and state courts.

While at the FBI, Ackerman developed a number of forensic tools that are still widely used and was a primary contributor to a number of training curriculums. He began his career with the FBI in 2008, where he co-founded the FBI’s first North Carolina Cyber Security and Intrusion Working Group (eShield).

Ackerman is also the founder and manager of “Digital Forensics/Incident Response (DFIR) - The Definitive Compendium Project,” known as AboutDFIR.com. Ackerman launched the resource in 2014 with a single category of information tracking fewer than 30 DFIR-related certifications; today, the site presents an extensive amount of curated DFIR-related information across nearly 30 categories.

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