Mark Ray is an accomplished cybersecurity professional and former FBI Special Agent with over 20 years of law enforcement and technology industry experience. As the Managing Director and head of Nardello & Co.’s Digital Investigations and Cyber Defense practice, Mark utilizes his front-line cybersecurity expertise to help clients investigate and recover from major cyber incidents and fraud events. He also develops bespoke strategies and programs designed to help clients proactively defend against advanced cyber threats.
Before joining Nardello & Co., Mark was a Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’s Incident Response practice and led the firm’s US Cyber Threat Intelligence Center. Prior to joining PwC, Mark had a distinguished career as a Special Agent with the FBI’s Cyber Division, where he led several of the FBI’s most preeminent criminal and national security cyber investigations. These complex global investigations resulted in the dismantlement of several transnational cybercrime and money laundering syndicates, including the group responsible for the 2014 JPMC breach, as well as the SpyEye and Citadel malware crime rings, which together were responsible for more than $1 billion in damage to individuals and financial institutions around the world. Mark received the Department of Justice Director’s Award for his work as the lead case agent on the SpyEye botnet takedown, among other distinguished recognitions within the US Government and the international cybersecurity community. He also served as the FBI’s cyber liaison officer to Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, and the Netherlands and was awarded the title of Honorary Inspector for the Ministry of the Interior for his achievements during his time served in Bulgaria.
Prior to joining the FBI, Mark held roles at several technology companies, including IBM, where he led the development and implementation of various enterprise software and security solutions on a global scale.
Mark holds a BS in management information systems from Purdue University and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He advises the boards of several cybersecurity organizations and has lectured around the world on cybercrime and cybersecurity.