Kroll Appoints Stephen Kopeck Associate Managing Director, Cyber Security and Investigations Practice
March 28, 2016
Former U.S. Secret Service Forensics and Incident Response Special Agent Brings Law Enforcement and Private Industry Experience to Cyber Practice
NEW YORK – March 28, 2016 – Kroll (“the Company”), a global leader in risk mitigation, compliance, security, and incident response solutions, today announced the appointment of Stephen Kopeck as Associate Managing Director, Cyber Security and Investigations practice. Most recently, Kopeck was a Team Lead with Verizon’s Research, Investigations, Solutions, Knowledge (RISK) division where for four years he managed a team of highly skilled cyber and computer forensics professionals providing data breach and cyber incident response services throughout the entire incident response process to companies across the United States. Prior to joining Verizon, Kopeck served for a decade as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), investigating complex cyber-related financial and other crimes. Kopeck is based in Kroll’s Reston, Virginia office, and reports to Cyber Security and Investigations practice leader, Tim Ryan.
“Steve joins our Cyber team at an exciting time as we continue to grow our Cyber Security practice. He brings extraordinary levels of technical expertise as well as proven practical experience in handling the complex cyber threats that impact corporations and governments alike every day,” said Tim Ryan, Managing Director and Practice Leader, Cyber Security and Investigations practice. “As cyber adversaries become increasingly more sophisticated in their attack methods, our clients will unquestionably benefit from the broad range of experience that Steve will bring to every engagement.”
“Steve’s talents and capabilities will be a great asset to our Cyber practice,” said David Fontaine, Chief Executive Officer of Kroll and its parent, Corporate Risk Holdings. “Throughout his career in government and private industry, Steve has skillfully handled a variety of complex investigations and has worked effectively with clients across multiple industry segments to formulate cyber-defense as well as mitigation strategies. His deep knowledge and understanding of the ever-evolving threats posed by cyber adversaries across the globe will enhance our already strong service delivery capabilities.”
Kopeck transitioned to private industry after serving for 10 years as a Special Agent with the USSS where he was progressively assigned with increasing levels of responsibility, ultimately serving with the agency’s Cyber Intelligence Section and being named Liaison to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this role from 2010 to 2012, he coordinated criminal investigative and operational efforts, bringing together resources from USSS and US-CERT. Kopeck joined USSS in 2002 as a Criminal Investigator/Forensic Analyst with the Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF), based in the Washington Field Office. From 2008 to 2010, Kopeck served as a Criminal Investigator and Computer Forensic Program Coordinator, where in addition to focusing on computer forensic and investigative response issues, he supported USSS National Cyber Response Teams and coordinated basic and advanced computer forensics training for over 160 USSS agents. Kopeck began his law enforcement career as an Officer with the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department.
Kopek earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at Marymount University. He holds numerous cyber industry certifications and has frequently provided expert witness testimony on computer forensics in U.S. federal courts.
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