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 an 19-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

    Most recently, 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

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