Today on this bonus episode of That Tech Pod, Laura and Gabi speak to EY's Joe Pochron and Lou Bladel. Joe Pochron is the west region's digital forensic and insider threat lead for EY’s Forensic & Integrity Service Practice, based in San Francisco, CA. Joe’s expertise is in digital forensics, insider threats, and helping EY clients on complex cyber investigations and cyber incidents response needs.
Joe has over 20 years of combined experience in digital forensics, cybercrime investigations, eDiscovery, and cyber incident response. During that time, he has investigated or managed thousands of cases involving the collection and analysis of computer, mobile device, network, and cloud-based data. Joe has testified numerous times in local, state, and federal legal matters as a digital forensic expert. Additionally, he frequently provides expert affidavits, or expert forensic reports for clients in support of digital forensic analysis or cyber investigative needs. Joe routinely consults with clients regarding digital forensics, insider threats, data privacy, incident response and electronic discovery matters. He has managed the preservation, analysis, and review of electronically stored information in a wide range of matters including investigations, independent litigation, regulatory compliance and internal inquiries. Joe is a frequent speaker at technical or legal conferences. Additionally, he has been an educator for many industry professionals, serving as an adjunct professor at the university level for many years, teaching courses on digital forensics and cybercrime.
Lou is a managing director in the Forensic & Integrity Services practice. He is the Practice Leader for Intellectual Property Theft Services, which assists clients in responding to, investigating and remediating insider threat, intellectual property, trade secret theft and third party risk management. Lou and his team develop and implement comprehensive data integrity and security services. Lou consults with US federal law enforcement agency directors, government regulators and key executives of Fortune 100 companies, Fortune 500 C-suite officials and boards of directors from across industry on matters of economic espionage and insider threats. Lou has over 26 years of federal law enforcement experience serving in the U.S. Marshals Service, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), retiring from the FBI in 2016. The majority of Lou’s law enforcement career involved leading and investigating counterintelligence matters. Lou has held numerous leadership positions within the FBI, including Special Agent in Charge of the New York office of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division where he led the recent espionage/insider threat arrest and successful plea negotiation of an FBI employee. As Chief of the FBI’s Counterespionage Section, he led the espionage investigations of David Petraeus and Edward Snowden. He also led the production of The Company Man, an award-winning training film that educated private sector companies on the dangers of economic espionage. The film won an Emmy (2016), the CINE Golden Eagle Award (2014) and five gold and bronze Peer Awards. In 2013, he successfully testified before the U.S. Sentencing Commission to enhance the criminal penalties for theft of proprietary information. He managed the DuPont economic espionage investigation, which resulted in the FBI’s first-ever jury trial conviction for economic espionage. The case won the 2014 FBI Director’s Award for Counterintelligence Excellence. He was featured on NBC Nightly News promoting awareness of the FBI’s economic espionage program. Lou also won the National Counterintelligence Executive Award for Community Excellence in Leadership for his role in the FBI operation that led Lou frequently speaks at high-profile public and private sector forums.