David L. Best Jr. is a Senior Director in FTI Consulting’s Cybersecurity practice and is based in Philadelphia. Mr. Best has over 16 years of experience in cybersecurity with strong expertise in penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, red team, incident response, digital forensics, and cybersecurity investigations.
At FTI Consulting, Mr. Best leads teams that perform complex cybersecurity incident response and investigations, as well as ensuring cybersecurity readiness and resilience against sophisticated cyber-attacks.
Mr. Best has extensive experience in and leads efforts on penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, red team, incident response, digital forensic, and insider threat investigations. Mr. Best has worked with clients in defense industry, medical technology, finance, healthcare, textile, and within retail energy industry.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Best was a Lead Computer Scientist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Philadelphia Division, where he led investigations for computer-related matters out of the Cyber, Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Criminal Divisions. During his time there, Mr. Best designed, developed, and implemented custom cyber tools for the use of identification preservation and analysis of digital evidence for cyber investigations. As a result, his leadership abilities were expanded to oversee technical leadership development activities for security projects, practices, and methodologies. He was involved in exploring joint venture opportunities with several government agencies. He managed a diverse project portfolio where he assisted and managed high priority cyber-attacks against the United States Intelligence Community (USIC).
Before joining the FBI, Mr. Best served as a Capabilities Development Specialist for the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, MD, where he led a team of developers in the development and integration of a sophisticated application that advanced the United States intelligence collection capabilities across various information systems. In addition, Mr. Best was an integral member of a team of engineers that worked on special projects that resulted in the development of applications to collect, process, and forward United States intelligence.
Mr. Best holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Temple University, M.S. in Software Engineering from Monmouth University, as well as an active CISSP certification. Additionally, he maintains GPEN, GCFA, GCIH, and Security+ credentials.