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Espionage to Murder: The First Cyber Detective

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The January 18, 2014, episode of American Heroes Radio features a conversation with retired Special Agent Jim Christy, Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Jim Christy left the government in July 2013 after 42 years of public service and now started his own consulting firm, The Christy Group, LLC.  He has also partnered with eventPower to reincarnate the DoD Cyber Crime Conference into the U.S. Cyber Crime Conference.  Jim is a retired special agent that has specialized in cyber crime investigations and digital forensics for over 27 years with the Air Force Office of Special Investigation and Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).  Jim retired in Nov 2006 as a Special Agent and immediately returned to the federal government and DC3 first as an IPA and later as an HQE (Highly Qualified Expert) senior appointed by the Secretary of the AF as the Director of Futures Exploration (FX) for the DC3. FX the DC3 innovation incubator was responsible for Communication outreach/marketing, cyber workforce development and strategic relationships with other government organizations, private sector, and academia. 

Some of SA Christy’s notable firsts in Computer Crime Investigations:

1st civilian computer crime investigator in the U.S. Government

1st computer espionage investigation (Hanover Hacker Case), case agent

1st DoD investigator to go undercover on pedophile bulletin boards

1st to distribute wanted poster on the Internet (triple homicide case)

1st psychological profiling study of computer criminals program  (Project Son-of-Slammer)

1st to create the Air Force Computer Forensics Lab

1st to create a DOD Computer Forensics Lab

1st Computer Forensics team to support Special Operations (Operation Iraqi Freedom)

1st Law Enforcement official to be awarded the AITP Distinguished Information