Jerry Bessette is an associate director in Navigant’s Cyber Risk and Information Security Services group based in Washington, DC. Jerry focuses on proactive services and has led numerous incident response investigations for clients. His current focus area is managing incident response investigations and proactive services for clients ranging in size from Fortune 150 corporations to small privately held companies across business areas.
Engagements include information security assessments, risk assessments, incident response, and technical services such as penetration testing, vulnerability scans, and tabletop exercises. Some specific focus areas include General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) information security matters, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cyber Security Framework matters, and New York State Department of Financial Services Cyber Security Regulations.
Prior to joining Navigant, Jerry retired from the FBI after a highly successful 24-year career as a Special Agent and executive manager. He held numerous leadership positions around the country managing investigations of different criminal and national security violations as well as technical surveillance programs. His last assignment was as a member of the Senior Executive Service in the FBI Cyber Division where he was Chief of the Technical Operations section. His team developed threat agnostic tools to counter the cyber adversary and he managed the FBI’s national cyber incident response team and overall program. He led the FBI investigation into the destructive cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014.
Additionally, Jerry maintains a current Top Secret security clearance and is a former Marine Corps Officer.