Nicole Sette is a director in the Cyber Risk practice of Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, based in the Secaucus office. Nicole is a highly accomplished security professional, who brings unique insight to the multiple dimensions inherent in client challenges from her years of federal law enforcement and military experience. Nicole served as a Cyber Intelligence Analyst with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 10 years, and was an Intelligence Specialist with the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command for four years.
At Kroll, Nicole creates strategic cyber intelligence products and conducts cybersecurity investigations on diverse matters, including incident response involving email compromise, corporate espionage, account takeover, ransomware and malware computer intrusions. In addition to having a keen understanding of the human dynamics at work in cyber-related issues, Nicole possesses deep technical expertise, including in digital forensics, network analytics, industrial cybersecurity, incident handling and sophisticated methodologies for extracting meaningful insights and vectors of compromise from big data.
During her tenure with the FBI from 2009-2019, Nicole performed work as a Cyber Intelligence Analyst that was key in numerous national security and criminal cyber investigations. She authored intelligence products that were briefed to the FBI Director on multiple occasions, as well as to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In her role as the lead cyber analyst for the Newark Field Office’s cyber squad, Nicole was responsible for formulating investigative strategy, conducting liaison with domestic and foreign intelligence partners, and training and mentoring new employees in cyber analytical methods. Nicole also frequently presented to FBI executives and private sector companies on cyber intelligence derived from technical data analysis.
From 2005-2009, Nicole served with the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command as an Intelligence Specialist, based in Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. Her duties included conducting classified research and analysis in support of intelligence requirements. Nicole also prepared weekly intelligence briefings for the Commanding General and staff, translating technical program data into concise briefings for military executives. She additionally acted as Ft. Monmouth’s representative to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force meetings.
- “(U) Concealed Credit Card Skimmers Found in New Jersey Gas Pumps Highlight Fraud Risk to Gas Station Patrons”
Selected Media Appearances and Speaking Engagements
- Panelist at the Commerce & Industry Association of NJ’s technology roundtable on “Cyber Threats & Scams: Don’t Get Mugged Online”, July 2013
Teaching and Presentations
- “Cyber Intelligence Trends”, presented at the Fort Dix Intelligence Workshop, Spring 2016
- “Cyber Crime Update”, presented to the NJ Statewide Insurance Fund Seminar, June 2013
- “Cyber Intelligence Update”, presented to the NJ Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness Petroleum Sector Working Group, February 2011
- “Cyber Threat Intelligence Update”, presented to the NJ Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness Chemical Sector Working Group, January 2011 “FBI Cyber Intelligence Update”, presented at the NJ State Police Information Sharing Symposium, November 2010
- “Internet Radicalization”, presented to the NJ Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board Meeting, November 2010
- “Cyber Sector Update”, presented at the NJ InfraGard chapter meetings, October and November, 2010
- “Cyber Threat Update”, delivered to NJ Governor Chris Christie and his staff, September 2010
Awards and Recognition
- FBI Newark Intelligence Employee of the Quarter, December 2018
- FBI InfraGard Certificate of Appreciation, September 2013
- FBI Time Off Award in Recognition of Superior Service Rendered to the FBI, August 2012; September 2010
- Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Department of the Army, July 2009
Education and Certifications
- M.S., Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University
- B.A., International Relations, Stanford University
- Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
- Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP)
- GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF)
- GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)
- French – Intermediate Proficiency
- Czech – Basic Proficiency