About John Bandler

John Bandler is a lawyer, consultant, author, teacher, and speaker who helps individuals and organizations navigate today's risks. His areas of expertise include cybersecurity, cybercrime prevention and investigation, traditional crime, criminal justice, anti-money laundering, anti-fraud, law, criminal justice, and more.

Prevention of cybercrime (with good cybersecurity) is the preferred goal, and this often means having good practices and policies. Laws and regulations also may require a certain level of security and written documentation. Investigating after an incident is also important, sometimes legally required.

John is the author of two books and many articles. The most recent book is Cybercrime Investigations: A Comprehensive Resource for Everyone, written for investigators and future investigators from all sectors (law enforcement and private), and for investigators of all types, regardless of their title. This also makes a great course book. John's first book is Cybersecurity for the Home and Office: The Lawyer's Guide to Taking Charge of Your Own Information Security, a comprehensive guide for readers of all professions and technical skill levels. It's from a lawyer and published by the ABA, and it's suitable for anyone (from any sector) who wants to improve their knowledge and improve their security at home and in the workplace. John's articles span many topics, including cybersecurity, cybercrime, money laundering, virtual currency, privacy, governance, technology, horticulture, and more.

John's legal and consulting services bring his expertise to organizations of all sizes and individuals.

John entered the private sector in 2015 after spending over twenty years in law enforcement as a prosecutor and police officer. Individuals, small, medium, and large organizations have benefited from his expertise and diligence as he helped them improve cybersecurity and prevent and respond to cybercrimes and other events.

In 2002 John was hired by the legendary Robert M. Morgenthau as an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney's Office.  For thirteen years he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of cases ranging from global cybercrime and financial crime to violent street crime. Notably, and with a dedicated team, he investigated and proved a ground breaking case, People v. Western Express International, Inc. et al. The investigation and prosecution uncovered the global trafficking of stolen hacked data, money laundering of digital currency criminal proceeds, and identity theft, and successfully prosecuted international cybercriminals and U.S. based identity thieves, which culminated in guilty verdicts after a lengthy trial in 2013 (John's new book has some fascinating vignettes about this case). John also worked on hundreds of other matters, each important to the victims and for the administration of justice.

In 1994 John graduated from the New York State Police Academy and went on to serve for eight years as a State Trooper, serving in one of the busiest stations in the state, providing full police services to the local community.  While serving as a Trooper, he attended Pace University School of Law's night program, where he graduated in 2002.

John graduated from Hamilton College in 1992 with a major in Physics and a minor in Computer Science, and earned the Phi Betta Kappa key.  He also earned his commission in the U.S. Army through the R.O.T.C. program, and went on to serve in the New York Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves, serving in Infantry and Military Intelligence Units.

John holds certifications in information security, privacy, anti-money laundering, fraud investigations, and information technology, including:

  • ​Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from (ISC)², the International Information System Security Certification Consortium
  • GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) from GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification), part of The SANS Institute
  • GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN) from SANS
  • GIAC Critical Controls Certification (GCCC) from SANS
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) from IAPP
  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) from ACAMS
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Project+ from CompTIA, the Computer Technology Industry Association
  • Security+ from CompTIA
  • Cloud+ from CompTIA
  • Network + from CompTIA
  • A+ from CompTIA

John serves on a number of boards, some as an advisor, and some in a fiduciary role.

John's hobbies include trees, plants, and gardening, and would like to write a book on that some day.

John is also interested in food allergies, and finding ways to detect and treat allergic reactions, and desensitize patients from the life-threatening affects of food allergies. He believes that science, medicine, and technology can be leveraged to reduce these risks.

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