Tom Kiernan is a director of BRG’s Cyber Operations and Incident Response practice.

Mr. Kiernan served more than twenty-three years as a computer scientist at the FBI specializing in incident response and computer forensic investigations.

While with the FBI, he investigated and provided specialized technical and forensic support to a broad range of criminal, terrorism, and national security matters. They included high-profile investigations such as the billion-dollar online narcotics website Silk Road, the Anonymous/LulzSec hacktivist groups, Operation Dirty R.A.T. (targeting the creators and users of Black Shades spyware), the hacks of Citibank and PNC Bank, Operation Cardshop (the largest ever online undercover operation targeting identity thieves), Operation Ghost Click/Rove Digital (a multimillion-computer botnet), and the hack of JPMorgan Chase Bank. He also testified at the federal criminal trial of Ross Ulbricht, the owner and operator of Silk Road. In addition, he has produced technical reports on malware reverse engineering and network exploitation.

Mr. Kiernan also has extensive technical knowledge and training. He is a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) and a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS).

Mr. Kiernan is a recipient of both the US Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Cyber Investigation and the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Cyber Investigation.

Since leaving government service, Mr. Kiernan has worked with clients in a range of industries, including technology, social media, government, financial, retail, and education.

Employment History

Forensic and Litigation Consulting Cyber Security
Senior director

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Computer scientist
1991 – 2015

Areas of Expertise


St. John’s University
BS, Computer Science, 1991


US Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, 2015

US Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Cyber Investigation, 2015

FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Cyber Investigation, 2010

FBI Director’s Award for Excellence, 2010