Chief of Cyber Readiness Section and Chief Operating Officer
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Mr. Trent R. Teyema is a dynamic and motivational Senior Executive Service (SES) Special Agent with the FBI. He is a leader with over 25 years of extensive background in high-risk national security and law enforcement environments. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in information security, incident response, digital forensics, and cybersecurity policy.
Mr. Teyema currently is the FBI’s Chief for Cyber Readiness and Chief Operating Officer where he is responsible for all business operations for the Cyber Division. In this role, he drove operating strategy and execution which increased the overall cyber readiness posture of the FBI.
Most recently, he served as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of Counterintelligence, Cyber, and digital forensics for the Los Angeles Field Office. Prior to this, he was a Senior Supervisory Inspector in the Inspection Division responsible for conducting audits, inspections, After Action Reviews of mass casualty events. As the first Cyber Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) at the Washington Field Office (WFO), he established the Cyber Branch, which was responsible for all cyber, intellectual property rights, crimes against children investigations, and directed three digital forensic laboratories. Mr. Teyema and his team were nominated for the 2013 FBI’s Director’s Award for Technology Innovation for the accomplishments of the National Forensics Task Force.
From 2010 to 2011, he served as the Director of Cybersecurity Policy on the White House’s National Security Council, where he was responsible for managing US Government’s response to national cyber incidents and the formulation of cybersecurity policy. In 2008, Mr. Teyema was the FBI’s Nation Program Office Chief for President Bush’s Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative (CNCI). At the same time he founded and led the FBI’s National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF) which coordinated and investigated the most serious cyber threats to the national and economic security of the United States. In 2010, he received the 2010 FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in Technology Innovation for his successes at the NCIJTF.
Mr. Teyema began his FBI career in 1995 as a Special Agent in Los Angeles, CA where he investigated some of the most high profile and significant cybercrime cases in the country, to include the first Internet stock manipulation scheme. Mr. Teyema has taught and lectured extensively on information security, infrastructure protection, and digital forensics. He has a Master of Forensic Science (MFS) from The George Washington University, a certified Cyber Field Instructor, and is an adjunct faculty for the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), a Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) professional, and is an ethics and compliance officer certified by ECI as a Leading Professional in Ethics & Compliance (LPEC).