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Co-Founder Michael McCartney is a highly decorated, 22-year veteran member of the law enforcement community having served as an Assistant Chief Investigator for the New York State Attorney General's Office (NYSAG) as well as five years with the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York. Michael has also served as the head of the Analytical and Forensic Technologies Unit in the Mid West for a national Big 4 Consulting firm based in Chicago. He is an internationally known expert in Computer Crime Investigations and Computer Forensics and is a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) through the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists.
Beginning in the mid 1990's, Michael initiated and established the computer forensic unit and authored evidence-processing standards for the NYSAG. Michael also established several covert and undercover electronic evidence collection procedures which are still used as the standard today by law enforcement. Michael was also one of the original founders of the Western New York Regional Computer Forensic Lab, located in Buffalo, New York, and authored its original policies and procedures for evidence handling and processing.
Michael has been responsible for investigating several complex, high profile, national and international computer crime cases ranging from unauthorized computer intrusion, theft of intellectual property, major financial fraud, investor protection, and narcotics, to child pornography. Michael was responsible for one of the largest national undercover internet investigations which netted over 200 arrests and convictions as well as coordinating a very complex international take down of a group of organized law breakers.
Michael currently serves on the Advisory Board for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Buffalo, New York Regional Office. Michael is the Past President of the High Technology Crime Investigators Association, (HTCIA) North East Chapter having served on the board since 2007. He also served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS).
He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a member of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI). He is a member of several Federal Scientific and Technical Working Groups on digital evidence and law enforcement policy. Michael has consensus authored several law enforcement publications with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Office of Law Enforcement Standards, including "Electronic Crime Scenes-A Guide to First Responders"; "A Guide for the Examination of Digital Evidence" and "High Technology Crime Investigations."
As a computer expert, Michael has testified in many judicial jurisdictions nationally and internationally. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States to federal, state and local law enforcement as well as the American Bar Association, District Attorneys Associations and the National Association of Attorneys General. Michael also served as an Adjunct Professor at Hilbert College teaching Network Security and Computer Forensics. Michael holds a Bachelors Degree from Canisius College and is a graduate from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.