Joseph M. Lawlor

Associate Managing Director, K2 Intelligence

Lawlor_Joe_250x225Joseph M. Lawlor is an Associate Managing Director in the U.S. Cyber Investigations and Incident Response practice at K2 Intelligence. With a focus on privacy, data security, compliance, and proactive defense, Joseph leads a team of experts who advise high-net-worth clients, small to medium-sized businesses, and large corporations on cybersecurity and cyber defense. He works with clients to proactively assess their networks’ vulnerabilities—identifying weak points and quantifying risk— and then uses that knowledge to construct custom solutions for secure operating environments. In addition, Joseph helps companies ensure their systems comply with applicable regulations and industry best practices. He also advises companies that are victims of cyber attacks on how best to respond to such incidents—and how to ensure they are not repeated.

Before joining K2 Intelligence, Joseph served as a special agent in the Cyber Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he was a lead incident responder and investigator of computer intrusions sponsored and executed by foreign nation states. Joseph led complex, multinational investigations into major intrusions at the world’s largest institutions in the financial, energy, and transportation sectors. In addition, Joseph was named Acting Supervisory Special Agent (A/SSA) of a national security cyber squad charged with investigating the top four foreign threats to U.S. national security.

During his tenure at the FBI, Joseph was awarded the Assistant Director’s Red Ant Award for excellence in cyber investigations, and briefed members of Congress on his casework’s impact on the counter-proliferation of dual-use technologies. Joseph applied his strategic vision and tactical expertise as one of the authors of the New York office’s cyber incident response plan. He served as a subject matter expert in cyber matters for the FBI’s Investigative Technology Training Team in its course and curriculum development as part of a director’s initiative to improve internal training.