Former FBI Agent Jay Kramer on His New Legal Role in the Private Sector

When he was an FBI agent, Jay Kramer always preached the importance of having relationships with law enforcement in advance of experiencing a data breach. Now, as a private sector attorney, he can help clients form those relationships.

In an interview at Information Security Media Group’s recent New York City Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit, where Kramer was a featured speaker, he discusses:

  • Why he transitioned from the FBI to the private sector;
  • His new responsibilities as an attorney;
  • What organizations need to do in advance of being breached.

Kramer is a partner in the data privacy and cybersecurity practice group at the law firm Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. He formerly was a supervisory special agent, FBI, New York division, and he joined the FBI in 1996. After working for several years in the FBI’s racketeering and organized crime section, Kramer joined the FBI’s legal bureau in New York. As an FBI attorney, Kramer helped analyze and resolve complex issues of law and policy in criminal and national security investigations. In 2010, Kramer accepted an assignment in the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs in Washington. There he worked closely with several congressional committees on issues related to proposed changes in federal law. In 2013, to ensure the FBI’s readiness to address a growing portfolio of cyber investigations, Kramer was called upon to help stand up the FBI’s Cyber Law Unit in Chantilly, Virginia. In 2014, Kramer returned to the New York office, where until recently he supervised a squad of agents and analysts conducting criminal cyber intrusion investigations.