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  • Ondrej Krehel is the Founder of LIFARS, a global cybersecurity and digital forensics firm founded in 2014 with offices in New York City, Bratislava, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong. Mr. Krehel holds multiple professional designations and certifications, including that of Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Certified Ethical Hacker Instructor (CEI) for which Mr. Krehel is one of ten people in the United States to hold such professional status. In addition, in 2012 to 2013, Mr. Krehel served as Adjunct Professor, St. Johns University, teaching a broad spectrum of cyber security issues and solutions.

    Mr. Krehel anchors and directs LIFARS’ multi-faceted global team providing tailored cyber and digital security solutions ranging from emergency response, to assessment, to monitoring, to re-architecture, and re-building of multiple systems and networks.

    Previously, Mr. Krehel served as the Chief Information Security Officer of Identity Theft 911 LLC from October 2009 until 2013. He has over a decade of network and computer security experience investigating intellectual property theft, massive deletions, defragmentation, anti-money laundering and computer hacking. Mr. Krehel has served as digital forensic examiner in the New York office of Stroz Friedberg, where he led computer security and forensics projects internationally and in the U.S., and was instrumental in detecting, investigating and combating intrusions and data breaches. Mr. Krehel also served as an IT technical security project leader at Loews Corporation, where he implemented technical security solutions, and was responsible for providing the first line of response for all cases involving the compromise of networking equipment, servers and end user machines. He began his career as a computer analyst at the government-owned utility company Slovenske Elektrarne A.S., in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he focused on information security and emergency security incident response for their nuclear, water energy and coal power plants.

    Mr. Krehel is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), the Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC) and the International Council of Electronic Commerce (EC Council). He has an M.S. degree in Mathematical Physics from Comenius University in Bratislava, and an Engineering Diploma from Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia. He has also completed multiple courses in intrusion and forensics training, including Access Data Boot Camp and Niksun forensics training.

    His professional work in cybersecurity and digital forensics has received media attention from CNN, Reuters, CNBC, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

    Mr. Krehel is a Speaker at the world’s leading cybersecurity events for many years, including RSA in San Francisco, CEIC, HTCIA, RIMS, QuBit Prague, ICS South Africa, and is the author of numerous cyber industry articles.

    The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Ondrej Krejel and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.