Christopher M.E. Painter
Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Painter has been a leader in the investigation and prosecution of cybercrime for over sixteen years. He currently serves as a Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Division. He previously served as Senior Counsel for Cyber and National Security Issues to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and, prior to that, was Principal Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at DOJ where he supervised the Section’s case and policy efforts concerning computer network intrusions, critical infrastructure protection, intellectual property crimes, international and other issues. From 1991 to March 2000, Mr. Painter was a criminal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. During his tenure in Los Angeles, Mr. Painter specialized in the investigation and prosecution of high-tech, intellectual property and computer crimes and served as a Computer Crime coordinator for his office. For nearly eight years, Mr. Painter has chaired the G8 High Tech Crime Subgroup, a cutting edge international body that deals with enhancing international cooperation in combating high tech crime. Among other things, Mr. Painter chaired a landmark meeting on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection that resulted in G8 CIIP Principles (later adopted by the United Nations general Assembly), chaired two meetings of cybercrime experts from around the globe who were part of the G8 24/7 Network (now including fifty-five countries), chaired several sessions of Interpol’s Cybercrime Conferences in New Dehli and Cairo, and ran workshops on international law enforcement cooperation at Counsel of Europe and at meetings of the international Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams. He has also has served as the co-chair of the National Cyber response Coordination Group, an interagency body created to coordinate the U.S. government’s response to major cyber incidents, and is a member of the National Cyber Study Group that helped draft and implement the Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative. Mr. Painter helped investigate and prosecute some of the most significant and high profile high-tech cases in the United States, including the prosecution of notorious computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, the investigation of significant distributed denial of service attacks, the prosecution of the first two Internet stock manipulation cases, the prosecution of significant software piracy cases and the prosecution of the first Internet auction fraud case. Mr. Painter also worked on the cyber aspects of the USA PATRIOT Act, receiving the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Justice Department’s highest award, for his efforts. Mr. Painter serves on several interagency working groups relating to computer crime, and is chair of an ABA subcommittee on computer crime. In addition, he has lectured extensively both in the U.S. and internationally, appeared in the media (including CNN, 60 Minutes and the Wall Street Journal) and has testified before Congress concerning computer crime issues. Mr. Painter attended Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. in 1980, and Stanford Law School, receiving a J.D. in 1984. He subsequently clerked for the Honorable Betty Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before practicing law at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Arnold and Porter.