William Spernow

IT Technology

Mr. Spernow is currently a consultant in the Atlanta area specializing in information security projects, incident response events and litigation support. He is the former Director of Information Security, Investigations and Incident Response for Experian, the world’s largest consumer reporting agency. In this position he was tasked with protecting the privacy and security of over 200 million credit reports that are Internet accessible. Prior to Experian, Mr. Spernow was an e-discovery and forensic litigation expert with LECG’s Digital Evidence Solutions Group. In his capacity as an LECG Affiliate he was responsible for managing large scale civil discovery and litigation projects for LECG’s Fortune 100 clients. He is the former Chief Information Security Officer for the Georgia Student Finance Commission and was recruited to revamp the security of this State Agency after it had experienced a significant security breach. His efforts resulted in an agency now described by prominent government officials as the most secure in Georgia. Mr. Spernow has an extensive Information Security background at both the strategic and tactical level. His hands-on tactical design and implementation expertise includes firewalls, intrusion detection systems, secure network and Web sites, content monitoring, HIPAA and GLBA privacy and regulation compliance, authentication and authorization methodologies, biometrics, cyber investigations, forensic analysis, incident response strategies, and laptop protection. His strategic efforts have pivoted on policy development (NIACAP and ISO 17799), security related ROI research and vendor contract negotiations. Previously, he was a Research Director with the Information Securities Strategy Group within the Gartner Group where he was responsible over a two year period with providing CIOs and their executive management staffs with strategic recommendations on infrastructure security planning and implementation issues for e-commerce. Mr. Spernow came to Gartner from Fidelity Investments in Boston, MA, were he was a Principal Security Consultant. While at Fidelity he created and supervised the Cyber Investigations Group within Corporate Security. In this capacity he and his staff were responsible for investigating all events that threatened Fidelity’s technological infrastructure. Prior to joining Fidelity in April 1997, Mr. Spernow spent two years as the Assistant Director of the Computer Crime Section for the National White Collar Crime Center, and five years as a Computer Crime Specialist with the SEARCH Group in Sacramento, California. In addition, he spent eleven years with the Sacramento County (California) Sheriff’s Department as a sworn peace officer. During this same time period Mr. Spernow also acted as a consultant to the California Department of Justice, and was responsible for teaching the only certified course offered to law enforcement in California on the investigation of high-technology crimes. Mr. Spernow is also a visiting professor at the University of New Haven where he lectures on information security and forensic issues. He is also a guest instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, GA., where he has lectured extensively on Internet investigation techniques.

Over the past ten years, Mr. Spernow has trained over 3,000 law enforcement investigators from across the country on the unique methodologies necessary to investigate and prosecute computer-related crimes. He has assisted numerous state, local and federal agencies in the investigation of cases involving computers and in the processing of seized computers for evidence. He is presently involved in training members of the US Secret Service’s Electronic Crimes Task Forces in conjunction with the SEARCH Group under a grant from the US Dept. of Justice.

Mr. Spernow has been quoted and featured in national and international publications. Most recently in Forbes, CIO magazine (Apr. ’04), CSO magazine (July ’04), and CIO Insight (Aug. ’03) on topics related to infrastructure security, hackers, telecommunication fraud, pedophiles, and encryption. He holds a certificate from the California Department of Justice, Institute of Criminal Investigation as a “Computer Crimes Investigation” specialist. He is also certified as a “Master Instructor” by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Before his career in law enforcement, Mr. Spernow was a Senior Field Engineer for five years with Data General, a Fortune 500 computer manufacturer. In this capacity, he was responsible for the installation and repair of major commercial, industrial and top secret military computer systems.

Mr. Spernow is the former President of the New England Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association. He holds a bachelor and master’s degree in Business along with minors in Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Computer Science from California State University at Sacramento. In addition, he is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), a Project Management Professional (PMP) and has Network+, Security+ and Certified Homeland Security specialist level III (CHS III) certifications.