Michael McCartney is president of Avalon Cyber and is a highly decorated, 22-year veteran member of the law enforcement community having served as an assistant chief investigator for the New York State Attorney General’s Office (NYSAG), as well as five years with the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Western District of New York. He is an internationally known expert in computer crime investigations and computer forensics and has worked on some the nation’s largest cybercrime investigations.
Beginning in the mid-1990s, Michael initiated and established the Computer Forensic Unit and authored law enforcement evidence-processing standards for the NYSAG. He also established several covert and undercover electronic evidence collection procedures, which are still used as the standard today by law enforcement. Michael was also one of the original founders of the Western New York Regional Computer Forensic Lab and authored its original policies and procedures for evidence handling and processing.
Michael has been responsible for investigating several complex, high-profile, national and international computer crime cases, including unauthorized computer intrusion, theft of intellectual property, white-collar crimes, securities fraud, investor protection, narcotics, and child pornography. He was responsible for one of the largest national undercover internet investigations, which netted over 200 arrests and convictions, and coordinated a complex international takedown of a group of organized lawbreakers. In this role, and after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, he was assigned as a task force officer (TFO) for the FBI and investigated numerous critical infrastructure and national security matters for the U.S. government.
He has served as a board member and committee chair member on numerous national and international, panels overseeing high-technology crime and computer forensic policy, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Electronic Crime Partnership Initiative (ECPI). Michael is the past president of the High Technology Crime Investigators Association (HTCIA) Northeast Chapter, and currently serves the HTCIA International Executive Committee as a co-chair of the international conference. He is a past board member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Buffalo.
He has lectured extensively throughout the United States to federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as the American Bar Association, District Attorneys Associations, the National Association of Attorneys General, and numerous trade and professional organizations, including AICPA, NYSSCPA, and IIA. He has written several publications that have been published nationally as well as regularly interviewed by numerous media and print organizations.
Michael also served as an adjunct professor at Hilbert College, teaching network security and computer forensics. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College and is a graduate from the University at Buffalo’s School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Electronic Crime Scene Investigations: A Guide for First Responders, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, (July 2001), NCJ 187736.
Electronic Crime Scene Investigations: A Guide for First Responders, Second Edition, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, (April 2008), NCJ 219941.
Forensic Examination of Digital Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, (2004), NCJ 199408, 2004.
Compliance & Ethics Professional Magazine: A Publication of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, Organized Hackers Target Law Firms & CPA firms (September/October 2013).
Forensic Examination of Digital Devices in Civil Litigation: The Legal, Ethical and Technical Traps, American Bar Association, The Professional Lawyer Vol. 24 No.1 (2016).
Achievements and awards:
- Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40 recipient
- Buffalo Business First 612’ C-Level recipient
- Buffalo Business First Fast Track 50 award
- InfoTech Niagara Executive of the Year award
- High Tech Crime Investigators Association International Case of the Year award
- NYSAG Outstanding Performance and Superior Service awards