Don Freese currently serves in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Information Technology Branch. In his capacity as Deputy Assistant Director, Mr. Freese is responsible for worldwide customer service, IT continuity, risk management, and network operations. In addition, he oversees integration of engineering support and liaison with all enterprise IT divisions, security operations, and incident response.
Mr. Freese has served as a Special Agent with the FBI since 1996. Prior to his assignment with ITB, Mr. Freese served as the Director of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), one of the seven designated federal cyber centers. In this capacity Mr. Freese was responsible for leading 24 partner agencies and in partnership to accomplish the nation’s top-tier, domestic cyber mission, through coordinating, integrating, and sharing cyber threat data enabling intelligence and investigative operations worldwide. In previous assignments, Mr. Freese directed operational teams conducting criminal and national security investigations, including international and domestic portfolio management, with increasing leadership responsibility in cross-functional areas of both disciplines. Preceding his appointment as Director of NCIJTF, he served as FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge responsible for allcyber, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence operations in north Texas. Mr. Freese has deep experience leading division level business operations, designing and executing complex financial crime investigations, and establishing critical incident response teams at the field office level.
Mr. Freese is a former Captain in the U.S. Army. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from California State University (Fullerton) and a Master of Science in Business Continuity, Security and Risk Management from Boston University. He currently maintains professional certifications in tactical command and cybersecurity strategy.