Edward M. Stroz

Co-President, Stroz Friedberg LLC

Following a career as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Stroz founded Stroz Friedberg in 2000 and serves as its Co-President. In addition to overseeing the growth of the firm, he assists clients in responding to Internet extortions, denial of service attacks, hacks, unauthorized accesses, and theft of trade secrets, as well as in electronic discovery matters. He has pioneered incorporating behavioral science into the investigative methodology for addressing the intent and state of mind of computer users. An industry-respected expert on the threats of computer crime and abuse posed by insiders, he has co-authored a book on the subject and testified numerous times at trial as an expert witness. He has supervised hundreds of forensic assignments for federal prosecutors, defense attorneys, and civil litigants, and he has conducted network security audits for major public and private entities.As a Special Agent, Mr. Stroz was responsible for the formation of the FBI’s Computer Crime Squad in New York City, where he supervised investigations involving computer intrusions, denial of service attacks, illegal Internet wiretapping, fraud, money laundering, and violations of intellectual property rights, including trade secrets. In addition to his work on numerous high-profile cases, Mr. Stroz led his squad, together with the National Security Agency (NSA) and other agencies, as participants in the war game exercise called “Eligible Receiver.”Earlier in his FBI career, Mr. Stroz successfully investigated major financial crimes, including approximately two dozen bank frauds in west Texas; bank fraud and money laundering committed by the CEO of Arochem Corporation stemming from a $196 million oil-trading scheme; kickback schemes in the stock market through an undercover stock brokerage firm; and a $1.1 billion fraud scheme at Daiwa Bank in New York.Mr. Stroz is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the American Society for Industrial Security. A Certified Information Technology Professional, he is also an active member of the International Association for Identification and the U.S. Secret Service’s Electronic Crimes Task Force, as well as former Chairman of the New York chapter of the FBI’s Ex-Agents Society.  

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