Johnathan Bridbord
Managing Director

Former DOJ Criminal Division; Cyber Forensics Expert Witness

Johnathan Bridbord is a Managing Director at Ankura, based in Washington, DC. Johnathan is a 20-year veteran in the cybersecurity and computer forensics field, including a decade of leadership and supervisory roles in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice.

  • Experience

    Johnathan provides cybersecurity expertise and leadership to clients in data forensic acquisition, forensic analysis, incident response management, malware reverse engineering, threat intelligence, cybersecurity operations, and security policy development. Johnathan manages complex computer intrusion and breach matters through investigation and develops strategies to respond to and mitigate current and emergent cybersecurity and privacy risks and threats.

    Johnathan is sought after by clients for his knowledge, skills, and abilities to handle high stakes, technically sophisticated, and challenging cyber investigations.

    Prior to joining Ankura, Johnathan was the assistant director of the DOJ’s High Technology Investigative Unit. In this capacity, Johnathan supervised digital investigative analysts with forensic examinations of computer systems, mobile devices, and digital media; provided nationwide expertise to federal prosecutors and agents on cutting-edge data forensic issues; and provided expert witness testimony in federal district courts nationwide. Johnathan has researched and developed investigative tactics that have been implemented to counter encryption and malware, and to identify forensic artifacts of attribution from exit routers on the darknet.

    Johnathan has developed and presented innovative coursework as an instructor at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, SC, and has trained hundreds of federal prosecutors, agents, and forensic examiners on best practices involving computer forensic evidence acquisition, analysis, and expert witness trial testimony. Johnathan has been recognized by the United States attorney general, deputy attorney general, associate attorney general, assistant attorneys general, and FBI director for his performance of duty, contributions to cases, and implementation of special projects.

    Prior to working for the DOJ, Johnathan was the senior forensic examiner at DOAR Litigation Consulting in New York City. At DOAR, Johnathan established the firm’s in-house data forensic capability. This involved creating processes and procedures for data acquisition, analysis, and expert reporting. Prior to his work at DOAR, Johnathan served as a special investigator and security engineer in the Citywide Information Security Architecture, Formulation and Enforcement Unit within the New York City Department of Investigation. Johnathan conducted computer and network security vulnerability assessments of New York City government agencies, and performed computer forensic examinations of seized computer systems and digital media, in support of the inspectors general.

    Johnathan began his career by serving honorably in the New York Air National Guard as a senior airman based in the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach, NY, and as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in his hometown fire department on Long Island.

  • Honors & awards

    • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Law Enforcement Award, 2014
    • Crime Victims Federal Service Award, US Department of Justice, 2013
    • Distinguished Service Award, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, 2012
    • Distinguished Service Award, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, 2011
    • Special Achievement Award, U.S. Department of Justice, 2010
    • Meritorious Award, U.S. Department of Justice, 2009
    • Special Commendation Award, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, 2008

  • News & events
    • Guest lecturer on expert witness testimony, 02/2020, “Trial Practice and Applied Evidence” course, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
    • Distinguished Subject Matter Expert, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Item Rework Workshop, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, 12/2019, Tampa, FL
    • Guest lecturer on expert witness testimony, 02/2019, “Trial Practice and Applied Evidence” course, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
    • “Beyond eDiscovery – Creating Context by Connecting Disparate Data,” 07/2018, 2018 Ingenious South Central Retreat, Austin, TX
    • “Core Components of Computer Forensics,” 05/2017,  Pace University,  Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, New York, NY