Chris Brewer, a director at Unit 42, is an expert in digital forensics and incident response who has over two decades of experience as an IT professional, with a focus on computer security, data centers, and servers. He is also an experienced IT security instructor who has taught at the National Computer Forensics Institute and has conducted training for various law enforcement and government agencies worldwide.
Before joining the team in 2019, Chris was a senior security consultant at Nuix, a provider of data analysis software for use in cyber security investigations and eDiscovery. There, he led teams that performed threat hunting and incident response for the company’s customers. He also developed and led internal security operations center (SOC) and cyber incident response teams (CIRT), implementing internal security controls for corporate offices as well as securing cloud infrastructure. Among his other activities was performing payment card forensic investigations.
Previously, he was an incident response analyst at Bechtel, where he worked in the company’s security operations center and performed in-depth network and host forensics, responding to a wide range of incidents ranging from state sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks to commodity malware outbreaks.
Earlier, Chris was an intrusion analyst at CGI, a global information technology consulting company, where he worked at a security operations center that monitored critical data for federal and private sector clients. That followed nearly a decade as a systems administrator for IBM, where he worked at a distributed operations center managing domain controllers, web servers and other applications, as well as a payment card processing system. He began his career as a systems management professional for American Express.
Chris holds a number of IT industry certifications, including (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).