Brian Dykstra

President & CEO

Mr. Dykstra has over 19 years experience in investigations, computer forensics, incident response, network and wireless security testing and information security. Mr. Dykstra was previously the CIO and Director of Professional Education at Mandiant, Inc. where he was responsible for the development and management of numerous advanced computer security and cybercrime investigation courses.

Before founding Atlantic Data Forensics (formerly Jones Dykstra and Associates, Inc.), Mr. Dykstra was the CIO & Director of Professional Education and a founding member of Mandiant, where he was responsible for the development and management of numerous advanced computer security and cybercrime investigation courses. While at Mandiant, Mr. Dykstra annually trained over 400 FBI Cyber Crime agents as well as many state and local investigators through a series of highly acclaimed cybercrime investigation courses. As Mandiant’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), Mr. Dykstra was also responsible for all planning, budgeting, implementation and security of the corporate information infrastructure. Prior to becoming a co-founder of Mandiant (formerly known as Red Cliff Consulting, LLC), Mr. Dykstra was a Senior Program Manager at Communications Technologies where he led commercialization efforts of computer security and managed services business groups; supervised the secure remote management of UNIX and Windows customer and network systems, and provided technical oversight for business development efforts and technical assistance to commercial and government sales groups. An enabling factor was his prior experience as the Senior Director of Managed Services at Apex Digital Services and Viaken Systems, Inc. where he managed scientific research networks worth over $9 million, and designed and implemented a Network Operations Center (NOC) and scientific computing system staging area valued over $3 million.

Prior to employment at Apex/Viaken, Mr. Dykstra was the Director of Technical Operations at Sytex, Inc where he co-developed a two-week computer intrusion response course for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Not only did Mr. Dykstra teach on-site at the FBI Academy at Quantico for over one year where he trained hundreds of FBI Special Agents in computer crime investigations, he has also trained hundreds of students from the United States Air Force, State Department, Central Intelligence Agency and of Office of the Inspector General in computer crime, intelligence analysis and criminal investigations. He also received a Letter of Appreciation from the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for investigative support to the international network intrusion investigation known as “Moonlight Maze”. Prior to joining SYTEX, Mr. Dykstra was a Counterintelligence Special Agent with the United States Army’s Military Intelligence Branch where he specialized in investigations and operations, to include information warfare and Technical Surveillance Counter Measures.

Mr. Dykstra holds Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude) in Information Technology and Master of Science in Information Technology from Capella University. He has also earned and maintains several certifications to include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Information Systems Security Management Professional (CISSP-ISSMP), Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (CISSP-ISSAP), and Certified Information Forensics Investigator (CIFI).


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