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Jared Der-Yeghiayan

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Overview

Jared Der-Yeghiayan is a director in BRG’s Cyber Operations and Incident Response practice. He specializes in domestic and international investigations related to cybercrime, theft of intellectual property, darknet markets, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and cryptocurrencies. He has testified in both state and federal courts on cyber-related matters. 

Mr. Der-Yeghiayan gained over sixteen years of high-profile federal law enforcement experience with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He served over nine years as a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), where he led a wide variety of investigations into cyber, financial, narcotics, and weapons trafficking crimes. His successful investigation of cyber-crimes resulted in being awarded the prestigious US Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. 

In 2011, as a special agent assigned to HSI’s Chicago field office, Mr. Der-Yeghiayan initiated a criminal investigation focused on the illicit darknet drug marketplace known as Silk Road. He worked extensively undercover to infiltrate the criminal organization as an administrator, resulting in the seizure of the website, over $80 million worth of criminal proceeds, and prosecution of those responsible for its operation. 

Mr. Der-Yeghiayan continued his undercover work as he led the investigation into the successor website “Silk Road 2.0.” In 2014, while serving as a US liaison to the Europol Cybercrime Centre, he orchestrated Operation Onymous—a worldwide law enforcement shutdown of Silk Road 2.0 and other illicit darknet marketplaces. This global operation resulted in millions of dollars in criminal proceeds seized and multiple arrests. 

In 2016, Mr. Der-Yeghiayan was the lead case agent on a complex cyber investigation of the billion-dollar criminal website known as “Kickasstorrents.” Within one year, his investigation identified the website’s shutdown and arrest of the owner and operator. At the time of its shutdown, this global criminal enterprise was ranked as one of the largest websites in the world by traffic volume. Mr. Der-Yeghiayan was later appointed as the law enforcement cyber liaison to the DHS Office of Cyber, Infrastructure and Resilience Policy, working to shape and advance government cyber policies. Most recently, he led efforts to develop and advance cyber-technical investigative capabilities, policies, and training programs at HSI Headquarters’ Cyber Crime Center.

Education

Franklin University
BS, Business Forensics, 2020

College of Lake County
AA, Criminal Justice, 2009

SANS Institute
GSEC Certification, Security Essentials Bootcamp Style - GIAC Security Essentials, 2018
Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking, 2018
Network Penetration and Ethical Hacking, 2018

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Criminal Investigator Training Program, 2010
Immigration Basic Officer Training Course, 2003

Employment History

Homeland Security Investigations
Program manager, Cyber Crimes Center, Washington, DC
2018 - 2020

DHS Office of Policy
Cyber liaison, Cybersecurity, Resilience, Infrastructure, Washington, DC
2016 - 2018

Electronic Crimes Task Force
Special agent, Chicago, IL
2014 - 2016

Europol Electronic Cybercrime Centre
U.S. liaison, The Hague, Netherlands
2014

Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Special agent
2010 - 2014

Chicago Customs Field Office
Intelligence officer
2008 - 2010

Chicao O'Hare International Airport
Officer, Counter Terrorism Response Team/Narcotics Interdiction
2003 - 2008

Honors

Honors

Featured in American Kingpin, a New York Times best-selling novel by Nick Bilton (2017)

US Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award (2015)
Presented for investigative work and the prosecution of Silk Road

HSI Chicago Special Agent in Charge Award (2015)
Presented for Exceptional Service

Illinois House Floor (2015)
Casework recognition by Congressman Bob Dold

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