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Lawrence Baldwin | Highlighted in the NY Times

by Tricia Whitlock

Atlanta is on cybersecurity home front, and our incredible tech talent is making that possible. Lawrence Baldwin is the Chief Forensics Officer at Atlanta-based security firm myNetWatchman, and is world renowned for his work in network forensics and cyber-crime intelligence.

His specialties are:

  • High-dollar cyber fraud analysis (ACH/wire fraud, stock and futures trading fraud, reshipping fraud, tax refund fraud, auction fraud, etc.)
  • Cyber-criminal communication systems (botnet C&C, criminal anonymization infrastructure)
  • Advanced malware analysis of financial services malware (Zeus, Spyeye, Bugat, etc.)
  • Near and far-end money mule/money laundering systems
  • Application of big data solutions to large-scale packet traffic analysis problems

Here’s some choice quotes from the recent piece on him in The New York Times:

  • For the past seven years, several security consultants and former law enforcement personnel say, Mr. Baldwin has immersed himself in the so-called dark web, using what most describe as unorthodox methods to gather intelligence about online financial crime.
  • It is that unusual proximity — and the reliable information that it produces — that has made Mr. Baldwin one of the go-to consultants for financial institutions.
  • To his supporters, Mr. Baldwin, who has a degree in computer science from the University of Hartford, is something of a secret agent. “He has eyes directly on the perpetrator,” said one security expert who did not want to be identified because of Mr. Baldwin’s preference for a low profile.
  • “Baldwin stands out because he provides actionable intelligence,” said Avivah Litan, a security analyst with Gartner, the research firm. “It’s exact, it’s original and he barely charges for it, whereas other firms repackage intelligence from many sources.”
  • Thomas Grasso, a supervisory special agent with the F.B.I., said the bureau “had a very good working relationship with Mr. Baldwin and his company over the years,” and had worked with him and others in the private sector to stay ahead of online threats.
  • Mr. Baldwin did not start out as a security guru. Early in his career he worked at BellSouth, helping to introduce its dial-up network. Immediately, hackers tried to break in. What began as a curiosity — figuring out who they were and how they attacked their victims — became his life’s work.

Read the entire article by Nicole Perlroth & Matthew Goldstein.

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