United States Secret Service (USSS)
Network Intrusion Forensic Analyst
Topic: "Cyber Assets and Cybercrime Trends"
Mike Alvarez is a network intrusion forensic analyst for the United States Secret Service (USSS). In this role, he utilizes his technological expertise to perform complex network intrusion investigations, computer/digital media forensic examinations, as well as criminal case preparation and prosecution associated with the attempted criminal exploitation of the nation’s critical infrastructure. As a Network Intrusion Forensics Analyst (NIFA), Mike is responsible for providing expert guidance in network and digital forensics, including, but not limited to network intrusion investigations; computer forensics analysis, including imaging and processing digital media; locating and identifying evidence of network intrusions; validating testing of computer forensics hardware and software; and participating in setting up virtualized computer system environments on stand-alone workstations. Mike is recognized as a subject matter expert and principal advisor/analyst to senior-level stakeholders and other applicable stakeholders on matters involving the implementation and compliance of the Network Intrusion Forensics Analyst (NIFA) Program to ensure that work efforts and activities meet the overall mission and guidance of the agency; defines, interprets, and implements policy as it relates to investigative methods, evidence recovery, and forensics analysis. Mike is also an instructor for the International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEA).