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Special Agent Ryan Pittman

Mark your calendars! Special Agent Ryan Pittman, Criminal Investigator and Resident Agent in Charge for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Inspector General, Computer Crimes Division at Ames Center near San Jose, California (Whew! What a title!) is our guest speaker in March, 2019.

Special Agent Pittman’s career spans more than 20 years in law enforcement and forensic science. In his capacity with NASA OIG, he also serves as a Digital Forensics specialist, conducting forensic examinations of hard drives, digital media, and other types of digital evidence in the context of criminal investigations. 

Before NASA, Special Agent Pittman served in the U.S. Army for nine years as a Military Policeman (and, subsequently, a Criminal Investigator with US Army CID) in locations including Georgia, Texas, Japan, Cuba, Korea, Kuwait, and Iraq. While with Army CID, Special Agent Pittman investigated all manner of crimes, from traffic accidents to DWI, burglaries to robberies, suicides to murders, all while developing specific specialties in criminal investigation, crime scene investigation/criminalistics, and digital (computer) forensic examination. 

His work as an Active Duty Army CID Agent led to stints with the US Armys Computer Crimes Investigative Unit (as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of its Digital Forensic & Research Branch) and work with various digital forensic service and litigation support providers in the private sector.

Special Agent Pittman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science degree in Management of Information System Security, and a Master of Forensic Sciences degree. In addition, he has completed all but his dissertation (A.B.D.) for his Ph.D. in Business Administration in Information Security degree and is currently completing a Professional Certificate in Advanced Computer Security at Stanford University.

He has authored several publications, such as textbooks for Guidance Software's Network Intrusion Investigation courses and the "Windows Forensic Analysis" chapter of the Handbook of Digital Forensics and Investigation with Eoghan Casey. In addition, he is a reviewer/referee for the international Digital Investigation Journal , as well as serving on the NIST Organization of Scientific Area Subcommittees (OSAC) Digital Evidence Subcommittee.

Special Agent Pittman is regularly invited to lecture on cybercrime investigation and digital forensics at events all over the globe, and he has taught or conducted digital forensic investigations on six continents.

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