Austin P. Berglas is co-head of managed services and incident response at BlueVoyant, K2 Intelligence’s Cyber Defense strategic marketing and services alliance partner. Drawing on his deep investigative experience in counterintelligence, national security, criminal cyber investigations, and incident response, Austin leads a team focused on advising global clients across all sectors on cybersecurity and cyber defense, providing proactive cyber defense, incident response, and threat detection services. He works with senior executives to help identify vulnerabilities in order to mitigate cyber risk, teaming with them to close gaps and proactively manage their assets.
Before joining K2 Intelligence, Austin served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Cyber Branch in the agency’s New York Office (NYO), where he oversaw all national security and criminal cyber investigations in the largest cyber branch in the FBI. Among the high-profile joint and international operations he managed were the dismantling of the Blackshades organization and seizures of numerous TOR-based sites, including Silk Road and Silk Road 2.0. He led the criminal investigation into the computer network attack against JPMorgan Chase and established the Financial Cyber Crimes Task Force, the FBI’s first joint effort with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to combat cyber threats and high-technology crimes affecting New York City and the nation. Prior to being named ASAC of the NYO’s Cyber Branch, he was designated as an Assistant Inspector, Inspection Division, at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
In May 2013, Austin was named Acting Special Agent in Charge (A/SAC) of the NYO’s Special Operations/Cyber Division, where he led more than 400 employees in the largest technical and physical surveillance operation in the FBI, and oversaw all investigations in the New York Cyber Branch, a unit he created in 2009. As A/SAC, he was also responsible for the NYO’s special events and crisis management programs: SWAT, evidence response, underwater search and recovery, and rapid deployment. He was awarded the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in a Cyber Investigation in 2010.
While at the FBI he also served as Supervisor of the NYO Computer Crimes Squad/Cyber Crimes Coordinator, where he was responsible for investigations into computer intrusions; intellectual property rights violations; and Internet fraud, extortion, and gambling. In addition, he served as the office’s Crimes Against Children Coordinator, responsible for the coordination and investigation of crimes including international and domestic kidnapping, sex tourism, and the sexual exploitation of children over the Internet. He was awarded the Voice for All Children Award presented by the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect in 2006.
Prior to entering the FBI in 1999, Austin was a Captain in the U.S. Army, serving in various roles as a light cavalry officer and deploying to Haiti in 1995 in support of Operation Uphold Democracy.
He received his B.S. from Dickinson College and has participated in Navigating Strategic Change, hosted at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.