In just a few, short years, the world has witnessed a rapid, wide-ranging increase in cyber-related incidents. These range from data breaches, infrastructure tampering, ransomware, and the hacking of databases of political parties and candidates.
AmCham Sweden invites you to hear from Jason Lowder and Adrain Hawkins, FBI Special Agents who are engaged in investigating computer intrusions on a daily basis. They will be joined by Donald Baldwin, CEO of Aurenav Sweden, and Vice Chair of OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council in Sweden). Donald will share his recommendations on how businesses can protect their databases.
FBI Special Agent
Jason Lowder is currently assigned to the FBI Houston Field Office, investigating national security computer intrusions.
Mr. Lowder obtained a BA in Accounting in 1998 and began working for a regional accounting firm as a staff accountant. In 2002, Mr. Lowder shifted from auditing to work as a network administrator for the accounting firm. In addition to his network administration duties, Mr. Lowder also installed accounting information systems and trained individuals on their use.
In April 2004, Mr. Lowder entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI. Upon completion of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Mr. Lowder was assigned to the Houston Division. Initially, he worked on a white collar squad and investigated numerous types of fraud, focusing on mortgage and bank fraud during the financial crisis during 2007 to 2009. In 2013, Mr. Lowder was transferred to a cyber squad working on national security intrusions.
In September 2015, Mr. Lowder was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Cyber Division. His responsibilities included program management of national security computer intrusion threats.
In April 2017, Mr. Lowder returned to investigating national security intrusions at the Houston Field Office.
FBI Special Agent
Adrian Hawkins is currently assigned to the Washington Field Office, investigating national security computer intrusions.
In September 1998, Mr. Hawkins entered on duty as a computer communications officer with the United States Air Force, stationed at Langley and Hanscom Air Force Bases.
In February 2003, Mr. Hawkins entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI. Upon completion of his training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Mr. Hawkins was assigned to the Houston Division. While there, he investigated a wide range of cases, primarily focusing on criminal computer intrusion, intellectual property rights, child pornography, and national security computer intrusions.
In August 2010, Mr. Hawkins was promoted to the position of supervisory special agent in the Cyber Division. His responsibilities included program management of national security computer intrusions.
In August 2013, Mr. Hawkins returned to investigating national security computer intrusions at the Washington Field Office.
CEO - Aurenav Sweden
Vice Chair of OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council in Sweden)
As the CEO of Aurenav Sweden, Donald Baldwin oversees a staff of IT security professionals that proactively protect their clients' databases from intrusion.
This includes Proactive Security and Planning Services that help executives identify and prioritize security concerns which are inherent to business processes and organizational issues.
As the Vice Chair of OSAC, Donald helps promote security cooperation between American private-sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State. It is a free service to U.S.-based or incorporated private sector organizations with overseas operations.
OSAC promotes effective cooperation by working to assist the U.S. private sector to better anticipate security issues, including identifying and tracking threats, particularly those targeting private sector personnel, facilities, investments, interests, and intellectual property.