Edward M. Stroz
Co-President, Stroz Friedberg LLC, New York, New York

Following a sixteen-year career as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Stroz founded the firm in 2000 and now serves as its Co-President. He has assisted clients in responding to Internet-extortions, denial of service attacks, hacks and unauthorized access, and theft of trade secrets and has pioneered the concept of incorporating behavioral science into the methodology for addressing computer crime and abuse. He is an expert in addressing the threat of computer crime and abuse posed by insiders and has co-authored a book on the subject. He has supervised numerous forensic assignments for federal prosecutors, defense attorneys and civil litigants, and has conducted network security audits for major public and private entities. He has also provided expert testimony and run large-scale electronic discovery projects in the civil and regulatory contexts, many of which have involved collecting, processing and producing data from computers, servers, PDAs and removable media from locations across the country, and in some cases across the globe. In 1996, while still a Special Agent, he formed the FBI's Computer Crime Squad in New York City where he supervised investigations involving computer intrusions, denial of service attacks, illegal Internet wiretapping, fraud, money laundering, and violations of intellectual property rights, including trade secrets. Among the more significant FBI investigations Mr. Stroz handled were: Vladimir Levin's prosecution for hacking a US bank from Russia; a hack against the New York Times web site; the Internet dissemination of spyware by "Keystroke Snoopers," a hacking group of a keystroke capture program embedded in a Trojan Horse; Breaking News Network's illegal interception of pager messages; the denial of service attack against a major business magazine; efforts to steal copyrighted content from the Bloomberg system; and the hack of a telecommunications switch. Mr. Stroz and his squad were also participants in the war game exercise called "Eligible Receiver." Earlier in his career as an FBI Special Agent, Mr. Stroz successfully investigated major financial crimes, including approximately two dozen bank frauds in west Texas; bank fraud and money laundering committed by the CEO of Arochem Corporation stemming from a $196 million oil-trading scheme; kickback schemes in the stock market through an undercover stock brokerage firm; and a $1.1 billion fraud scheme at Daiwa Bank in New York. Mr. Stroz is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the American Society of Industrial Security. He is also a Certified Information Technology Professional. He is an active member of the International Association for Identification, the United States Secret Service's Electronic Crimes Task Force, Chairman of the Electronic Security Advisory Council and former Chairman of the New York chapter of the FBI's Ex-Agents Society.


All companies need to guard against threats to their operations and the security of their information systems. Often it isn't enough for companies to protect their assets through their own internal security efforts. Serious security issues often arise from external threat agents which can only be fought effectively by involving law enforcement. This section will provide case studies and lessons learned which demonstrate how crucial it is for cooperation to be in place between law enforcement and business organizations in order to achieve cyber security objectives, and how to prepare for an actual incident.