Robert Knudsen

Robert Knudsen is a computer forensics and cyber security specialist, possessing a unique blend of skills and experience ranging from law enforcement to the world of technology, all highly relevant in today’s computer forensics, electronic discovery and cyber security arenas. Mr. Knudsen has 15+ years of experience in the field of computer forensics, where he has conducted hundreds of computer forensics examinations in support of matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Prior to his computer forensics career, he spent 4 years as a field technician and then as a manager, supporting hundreds of end users working at approximately 50 companies in multiple businesses and environments as they performed their day-to-day computer and network operations.

Before entering the computer field, he spent twenty years in law enforcement as a police officer in the New York City Police Department, where, among other duties, he compiled crime statistics in a proprietary database which he designed and deployed.

With Global Digital Forensics he has been instrumental in numerous cases, not only for his technological and analytical prowess and expertise, but also as an expert witness on a wide range of criminal and civil matters. Mr. Knudsen has also led cyber security and incident response teams, in both penetration testing and vulnerability assessment capacities, as well as the detailed reporting and remediation of cyber events for organizations ranging from government agencies and high-profile corporate entities, to healthcare, education and financial institutions.


  • CISSP - Certified Information System Security Professional, ISC2
  • CCE - Certified Computer Examiner, ISFCE
  • CHFI - Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator, EC-Council
  • CompTIA - Security +, Network+, A+

Expert Testimony

  • Suffolk County District Court - 10th Judicial District
    Kalsi v Purewall 2018
  • Alameda County Superior Court
    Meier v Kang-Gordon 2018
  • Nassau County Criminal Court
    State v. DiGiovanni 2018
  • Suffolk Probate Court, Boston Ma.
    Paes v Paes 2017
  • State of Connecticut, Danielson Superior Court
    State v. Desmorias 2017
  • Nassau County Criminal Court
    PSNY v Sullivan 2016
  • Nassau County Family Court
    Daly v Sullivan 2016
  • Suffolk County Supreme Court, 10th District
    Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, Inc. v Koper 2016
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
    United States v Djibo 2015
  • Massachusetts, Middlesex County Superior Court
    Schultz v Colpitts (Unisphere) 2014
  • New York Supreme Count
    Chan v Chuen 2014
  • Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in and for Sarasota County
    McLeoud v McLeoud 2012
  • New York Supreme Court
    Benson v Benson 2012
  • Suffolk County Probation Hearing
    Matter of Safran 2010
  • United States District Court, State of Utah
    Clearone v Wideband 2008
  • Nassau County Supreme Court
    Matter of Searchhelp 2008
  • Nassau County Supreme Court
    Matter of Finkleman 2008
  • United States District Court, Mississippi
    Matter of JT Shannon Co. 2008

Professional Organizations

  • ISC2
  • ISFCE – International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners
  • IACIS – International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists
  • Microsoft Certified Professional
  • MOUS (Microsoft Office User Specialist)


  • SUNY Empire State College AS Degree Criminal Justice
  • Westchester Community College, New York
  • Adult Education Computer Programming; Visual Basic 6.0

  • Professional Career Development Institute, Georgia
    • Visual Basic 4.0 Programming for Windows
    • Professional PC Repair Program

Work History

Global Digital Forensics

Northeast Regional Manager
2006 - Present
Responsible for the day to day operations of the GDF forensics lab in White Plains, NY, and to overseeing and/or performing all associated technical, managerial and support duties, which include:

  • Chain of custody and evidence handling
  • Forensic acquisition of computer hard drives, mobile devices, email and social network data
  • Analysis of evidence and direct communication with counsel regarding case findings
  • Utilizing numerous forensic and security-based tools, including, but not limited to:
    Magnet Internet Evidence Finder, X-Ways Forensics, Oxygen Mobile Device Analysis, Magnet Acquire, Forensic Email Collector, Access Data Forensic Toolkit,
    EnCase, ProDiscover, Sysinternals and Wireshark
  • Responding to security incidents, including for health organizations and government facilities
  • Review of firewall rulesets and security recommendations
  • Working directly with security teams and management during engagements to review and prepare recommendations for organizational policies

Real-Time Computer Services

Client Service Coordinator Management
2002 - 2006
Led a team of six IT field technicians supporting client networks located in New York City and Westchester County.

New York City Police Department

New York City Police Officer
1982 - 2002

  • 200 career felony arrests necessitating; victim and perpetrator interviews, chain of evidence handling, direct interaction with District Attorney’s office and court testimony
  • Crime Analysis, Comp stat preparation – 3 years
  • Canine Unit, Bloodhound Handler – 5 years
  • Special Operations Division - 1 year
  • Street Crime Unit – 5 years City-Wide Anti-Crime Patrol, decoy operations, undercover
  • Uniformed Patrol Officer – 3 years

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