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Jonathan Fairtlough is a managing director with Kroll's Cyber Risk practice, based in the Los Angeles office, from where he also leads client cyber engagements in Canada and throughout the Asia Pacific region. Jonathan joined Kroll after a distinguished career with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where he served as both a prosecutor and Co-Founder of the Office’s High Technology Division. At Kroll, Jonathan leads teams that provide comprehensive investigative services for digital forensics, data breach response, and complex cyber-crimes.
Prior to joining Kroll, Jonathan was the Deputy in Charge of the Eastlake (Central) Juvenile Office. Earlier, he served as the Assistant Head Deputy and Co-Founder of the High Technology Division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. During his career, Jonathan held a number of positions within the District Attorney’s Office and was involved in many high-profile cases, including the first major data breach filed in Los Angeles County for which he received the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (Southern California Chapter) award for Prosecutor of the Year in 2006.
Jonathan is an instructor for the National Computer Forensic Institute and an adjunct professor at Cypress College on the subject of cyber law and forensics.
Jonathan civilly prosecuted a joint case with the California Attorney General’s Office over Sony’s use of root kit technology in digital rights management (DRM) software. It resulted in a settlement that enjoined intrusive DRM practices and required proper notice to consumers of DRM use, mandating restitution for victims and civil penalties for the abuse.
In one of the first national data breach cases, ChoicePoint, a data aggregator, suffered a breach that allowed access to the personal identifying information of more than 163,000 victims. The investigation resulted in a 24-count identity theft and computer intrusion indictment, with the defendant being sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay a $6.9 million restitution award.