Ryan Macfarlane is a Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI Cleveland National Security Cyber Squad, which investigates and pursues those responsible for highly complex national security related computer intrusions. Ryan started his career with the FBI in the Los Angeles Field Office, and spent two years in Washington, DC on the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, which is a multi-agency cyber center responsible for coordinating, integrating, and sharing analysis among over 20 intelligence, law enforcement, and foreign partners in support of countering global cyber threats. Ryan has investigated intrusions at Google, RSA, and numerous defense contractors, typically performing malware analysis, incident response, and malicious network traffic analysis. Recently, Ryan was responsible for the arrest and extradition of a criminal hacking group from Eastern Europe which was the number one distributor of malware via email in 2016.
Ryan has a Computer Science degree from Georgia Tech, and before joining the FBI in 2004, he worked for IBM, i2 Technologies, and an Internet Security start up based in Atlanta.