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Chris Lester

Chris has over 20 years of experience in digital forensics, e-discovery, and has provided education and training to a variety of audiences. Before working at Computer Forensic Services and 360 Security Services, Chris was a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  He worked for the FBI for 29 years, in the San Francisco and Minneapolis Divisions, working white-collar crime, cyber, and intellectual property crime investigations.  Chris was a founding member of the Minnesota Cyber Crimes Task Force and was the Acting Supervisory Special Agent for the Cyber Squad in the Minneapolis Division of the FBI.  Chris has taught at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, teaching new Computer Forensic Examiners standard operating procedures and techniques.   


While working in computer forensics with the FBI, Chris worked on high profile cases to include Zacarias Moussaoui’s involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks and the Red Lake High School shooting investigation, which involved multiple teenage suspects and hundreds of computers.  He examined digital media from several types of investigations to include counterterrorism, child pornography, white-collar crime, organized crime, civil rights, kidnappings, and thefts of intellectual property.  


Chris has managed, as a special agent with the FBI, a wide variety of complex investigations ranging from securities fraud investigations to theft of intellectual property violation cases.  Working closely with major corporations such as Nintendo to LucasArts to 3M, he conducted and orchestrated hundreds of interviews while also analyzing and compiling complex banking and financial information, later used as exhibits in court.  Chris has also testified as a summary witness in multiple cases, working closely with the United States Attorney’s Office that resulted in successful prosecutions.     


Chris is versed in a myriad of operating systems to include Windows, Apple, virtual environments, and various flavors of Linux.  Besides his basic forensic computer training and his previous computer programming and database management, he also studied forensic analysis of digital cameras and forensic recovery from digital video recorders (DVRs).  Chris has testified countless times in Federal court regarding his examinations and the collection of evidence in regard to executed search warrants.  


Chris spent over five years on the Evidence Response Team (ERT), a team of special agents and professional support employees, trained to respond to large or sophisticated crime scenes to process evidence.  In addition to the hundreds of hours of digital forensic training that Chris has received, he also received over 600 hours of advanced crime scene management training. 

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