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Jason Hale

Senior Director

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Washington, DC 20006

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Jason Hale is a Senior Director at Ankura, based out of Washington DC. With more than a decade of experience in the digital forensics field, Jason has worked on hundreds of investigations spanning civil litigation, corporate and cyber investigations, incident response, and more. In addition to digital forensics expertise, Jason’s background includes experience in software development, enabling him to tailor custom solutions to meet the unique needs of clients. Jason is also an adjunct professor in the Computer Information Systems Information Security concentration program at the University of Louisville.


Jason’s professional experience includes:

  • Providing continuing education seminars and presentations to legal, technology, and digital forensic professionals. Prior presentation venues have included state bar associations, international digital forensic conferences, information security conferences, insurance investigator conferences, and private training events for legal and information security professionals.
  • Instructing hundreds of students serving as an adjunct professor in the Computer Information Systems Information Security concentration program at the University of Louisville. During his time as an adjunct professor, Jason has developed the curriculum for the Computer Forensics course including coursework, labs, and more.
  • Development of multiple digital forensic tools used by professionals and training organizations internationally.
  • Leading or managing long-term cyber engagements spanning civil litigation, corporate and cybersecurity investigations, incident response, and more. Sample investigative work includes:
  • Investigation and pursuit of advanced threat actor within heterogenous global enterprise: Engagement involving an investigation into the compromise of a proprietary enterprise web application. Analysis and pursuit revealed pervasive compromise of global enterprise network spanning multiple years and leveraging sophisticated attack methodology and infrastructure. Supported remediation and containment efforts, along with implementation of custom alerting and monitoring design.
  • Theft of intellectual property investigation: Engagement involving the alleged theft of intellectual property from an industrial manufacturing company. Identified several significant fallacies in opposing expert’s declarations and reports, which had resulted in a fundamental misunderstanding of the digital evidence. Clarified significance of digital evidence via deposition testimony, leading to dismissal of charges.
  • Global investigation of patent infringement claim: Engagement of patent infringement litigation involving a global chemical company, requiring coordinated response, collection, and investigation across Germany, France, and the United States.
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets investigation: Engagement related to financial organization involved in trade secret misappropriation litigation. Analyzed endpoints and mobile devices utilized by several key custodians and constructed timeline of events correlating system and user actions with breach of contract activities including destruction of evidence.
  • MSc, Digital Forensics, University of Central Florida
  • BS, Computer Information Systems, University of Louisville
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)
  • GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)
  • SANS GIAC Advisory Board
  • International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners (ISFCE)
  • Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
  • International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2)

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