Ms. Susan Ferensic, FBI Headquarters, USA

Assistant Director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate

Ms. Ferensic began her career with the FBI examining digital evidence as a computer forensic examiner in the Laboratory Division in 1997. She was selected as a special agent in 2000, and upon graduation from the FBI Academy worked criminal and national security computer intrusion matters in the Washington Field Office. In 2007, Ms. Ferensic was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters, serving as a program manager for criminal computer intrusion investigations.

 She transferred to the Albuquerque Field Office in New Mexico in 2009 to lead the cyber and technically trained agent squad. She also served as the SSA of Albuquerque’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Ms. Ferensic was promoted in 2014 to Special Assistant to the Executive Assistant Director (EAD) of the Science and Technology Branch at FBI Headquarters, advising the EAD on broad program management and administrative matters. In 2016, she was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Branch of the Sacramento Field Office in California.

 She was named Section Chief of the Digital Forensics and Analytics Section in the Operational Technology Division at FBI Headquarters in 2018. In 2019, she was promoted to chief of staff of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. Most recently, Ms. Ferensic served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Columbia Field Office in South Carolina.

 Ms. Ferensic earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Maryland. Prior to working at the FBI, she was a computer scientist at the Department of Defense.