Jason G. Weiss

Counsel

Overview

Jason G. Weiss leverages a past career as a cybersecurity and computer forensics professional with more than 22 years of decorated service at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to guide clients through the complex and high-stakes issues associated with cybersecurity incident preparedness and response, compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and other information governance laws and requirements, data analytics, investigations, and e-discovery.

In addition to Jason’s deep knowledge of cybersecurity and privacy laws, he also works extensively with many different National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) cybersecurity standards and frameworks. He counsels clients on what is needed to comply with either or both of these standards. Jason has had extensive training and experience in NIST, ISO, and CMMC actual assessment and accreditation requirements and has helped the FBI accredit numerous digital forensic laboratories under the ISO standards including ISO 27001 and 17025. Jason is also well versed in audit and compliance standards and regulations and was an internal FBI ISO auditor for many years.

Jason served as legal clerk and intern for the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen, U.S. District Court, and at the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics and Law Enforcement Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Jason was a Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI Los Angeles Cyber and Forensics branch. Using his deep knowledge of data breaches, computer intrusion, cybercrime, digital forensic investigations, white collar crime, counterintelligence and counterterrorism, Jason provided the FBI with legal, technical and management counsel in support of hundreds of high-profile criminal, terrorism and intelligence investigations.

While at the FBI, he founded, designed and led the largest digital forensic laboratory in the FBI. This nationally recognized and accredited computer forensics laboratory received the first “perfect” assessment by independent third-party auditors within the FBI Digital Forensic Laboratory System for its impeccable implementation of the laboratory Quality Assurance System based on ISO 17025 metrics. His additional accomplishments at the FBI include developing an FBI Cyber Task Force national pilot program to coordinate the sharing of critical cyber threat information throughout the private sector, academia, financial institutions and port authorities. His platform facilitated an unprecedented level of partner information sharing that helped to mitigate and neutralize cyber threats from hackers and hostile foreign adversaries.

The FBI-wide policies to maintain forensic evidence that Jason designed and implemented became the model for all national FBI forensic programs. These governed the identification, seizure and preservation of all forms of digital data while also meeting all attorney general guidelines. Jason was the first field Special Agent in FBI history to receive the highest level of the prestigious Senior Computer Forensic Examiner certification.

Information Governance, E-Discovery and Investigations

During his tenure at the FBI, Jason located and preserved critical digital evidence in well over 100 cyber investigations, and served as a liaison with case agents, prosecutors and U.S. attorneys. His deep cyber, forensic and legal knowledge helped to advance important investigations swiftly.

He also created the first paperless FBI digital laboratory system to track case management, evidence and inventory. The system allowed multiple law enforcement partners to access unclassified data and served as a model for other FBI field offices. For this work, Jason received nominations for a Director’s Award and an Attorney General’s Award.

Teaching, Training and Industry Insights

Sharing his vast knowledge is a central element of Jason’s professional focus. He is a sought-after speaker and instructor for FBI staff, law enforcement agencies and private sector partners. Jason has developed and delivered dozens of professional certification and training courses, in addition to courses at postsecondary and graduate institutions such as California State University, Fullerton, Abrams College, Chapman University, Humphrey’s College and Los Rios Community College. He provides instruction on topics including:

  • Digital evidence and the law
  • Electronic discovery
  • Computer forensics lab design and development
  • Computer forensics lab accreditation
  • Digital evidence identification, seizure and collection
  • Transitive digital evidence
  • Data breach response and intrusion detection
  • Cyber intrusions and response capabilities
  • U.S. constitutional law

Jason has also taught cyber and digital forensic courses both in the U.S. and in international locations such as the Philippines, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Ghana and Indonesia. He also regularly speaks at industry events throughout the United States on a variety of technical topics.

Since joining the firm, Jason has started an internal technology-focused listserv to which more than 250 attorneys, consultants, and professionals have subscribed. The forum discusses current and evolving technical issues in the legal community and society as a whole. He is also starting a firm podcast which will delve into a diverse range of technical issues. Jason has been writing extensively on many different types of cybersecurity issues and has been interviewed by scores of media publications throughout his career.

Faculty Positions

  • California State University, Fullerton — Adjunct Professor, 2008-present
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation — Adjunct Instructor teaching digital evidence identification, collection and seizure as well as cyber investigations and cyber forensics courses, 2002-19

Personal Interests

Jason enjoys all types of technology. In particular, one of his guilty pleasures is playing video games with his kids. He is an especially big fan of video games such as Oblivion and Castle Wolfenstein. Jason is also a huge Dungeons and Dragons player and hopes to break into the world of live action role playing in the near future.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

California

Certifications
  • Certified - SANS Institute - Global Information Security Professional (GISP) (2018)
  • Certified - SANS Institute - Global Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE) (2016)
  • Certified - FBI CART Program in DOS, Windows and Linux/Command Line OS (1998, 2001)
  • Certified - National White Collar Crime Center (NWC3) – Certified Cyber Crime Examiner (2019)
  • Certified - FBI Cell Phone and Mobile Device Operating Systems Analysis (2013)
  • Certified - FBI Senior Computer Forensic Examiner (2006)
  • Certified - Cellebrite UFED Logical (CCLO) and Physical Analyst (CCPA) Programs (2016)
  • Certified - Access Data Certified Examiner (ACE) (2016)
  • Certified - ISO International Laboratory Assessor – ASCLD/LAB (2009)
  • Certified - Legacy Accreditation Laboratory Inspector, ASCLD/LAB (2007)
  • Certified - IACIS Certified Forensics Computer Examiner (CFCE) (2001)
  • Certified - IACIS Electronic Evidence Collection Specialist (2001)
  • Certified - Computing Technology Industry Association A+ Program (2001)
  • Completed - SANS Institute - Cyber Risk Management & Assessment Training (2019)
  • Completed - Professional Certificate in Computer Forensics, CSUF (2007-2008)
  • Completed - Professional Certificates in Computer Networks, UCSD (2000)
  • Completed - Professional Certificates in Unix Operating System, UCSD (2001)
  • Additional Professional Training includes over 2,500 hours of Specialized Computer Forensics, Cyber, Management, and Laboratory Accreditation classes and instruction

Education

Santa Clara University School of Law
J.D. Associate Editor - Santa Clara Law Review (1992)

University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. Honors; Chancellor's “Marshall Award” for Outstanding School Service and Achievement; Elected USAC Facilities Commissioner (1989)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD/LAB)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation – Operational Technologies Division (FBIHQ/CART)
  • International Association of Investigative Specialists (IACIS)
  • Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI
  • FBI Infragard Program – Los Angeles Chapter

Civic Activities

Jason is the founding Laboratory Director of the Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory and he worked to make that facility the largest of its kind in the nation with 17 partner agencies and more than 30 full-time laboratory personnel. He also expanded the mobile forensics program into one of the largest and most successful in the country.

Honors

  • Multiple FBI Incentives Awards
  • Nominated for three FBI Director Awards and three U.S. Attorney General Awards by FBI executive management
  • Supervisory Quality Step Increase (QSI)
  • FBI CART “Above and Beyond” Award for Outstanding Contribution to the CART program nationwide
  • San Joaquin County Superior Court — Judge Pro Tem 
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