Milan Patel is co-head of managed services and incident response at BlueVoyant, K2 Intelligence’s Cyber Defense strategic marketing and services alliance partner. He leads a team of cybersecurity professionals providing technical and advisory services to a wide range of clients across the globe. Drawing on more than a decade of hands-on and cyber policy experience in cybersecurity, Milan and his team help clients to proactively defend their networks, protect intellectual property, and respond to cyber breaches.
Before joining K2 Intelligence, Milan served as the FBI Cyber Division’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), where he was responsible for advising the FBI Cyber Division on policy, strategy, and the tactical direction of information and operational technologies used in cyber investigations by the FBI’s cyber field operations across all 56 FBI offices in the United States. As the technology lead for the FBI Cyber Division, he identified and implemented technologies used in cyber incident response and traditional cyber investigations, and to support interagency cyber threat intelligence sharing within the United States intelligence community—the CIA, NSA, and DHS. Leading a team of senior FBI agents, he was also charged with developing more efficient processes and utilization of the Cyber Division’s enterprise cyber threat management platform.
Milan organized and co-led the Joint Requirements Team, facilitated by the White House National Security Council—Cyber Security Directorate, a team charged with creating interagency business and technology requirements to address President Obama’s Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security.” This led to the development of the first national cyber incident severity scheme approved by the White House and senior leadership within the United States intelligence and federal law enforcement communities. The scheme outlines how and when the United States government will respond and coordinate during cyber incidents within the United States.
Prior to serving as the technology lead for the Cyber Division, Milan was one of the division’s most senior special agents. He was a Supervisory Special Agent at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., where his responsibilities included managing enterprise investigations and coordinating interagency defensive and counteroffensive operations, as well as providing unclassified and classified cyber threat intelligence briefings to the critical infrastructure sector organizations.
He entered the FBI as a Special Agent in 2003 and over the years initiated and led high-profile, global cyber investigations including those pertaining to Anonymous and Operation Ghost Click, one of the largest botnet takedowns in history. In 2011 and 2012, Milan led investigations that were named top 10 investigations within the FBI. In addition to cyber crimes, Milan also investigated traditional crimes, including bank fraud, money laundering, intellectual property rights violations, and violent crimes. Milan served as a member of the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts overseas as a senior interrogator supporting Joint Special Operations Command operations. He was also an operator on the FBI’s elite Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. Milan was the recipient of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Outstanding Cyber Investigation and the Intelligence Integration Unit Citation from the Directorate of National Intelligence. He was also nominated for the Director’s Award for Investigative Excellence.
Milan received a B.S. in computer science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.