Jason Thomas

Jason is Chief, Innovation for Thomson Reuters Special Services where he facilitates, oversees, and executes long-term solutions to emerging technology threats. He works closely with governments, the private-sector, and non-governmental organizations to identify challenges and opportunities that will shape the future intelligence and national security environment.

He is a leading authority on the illicit use of technology and speaks extensively on a variety of emerging issues at the CIA, DIA, DOD, FBI, US-DOJ, US-DOS, US Senate, US House, World Bank, World Economic Forum, and others. He is an experienced intelligence professional with a practical understanding of terrorism, cybersecurity, data science, cryptocurrencies, identity, social data, threat identification and mitigation, money laundering, mobile applications, and serious gaming.

Jason is the creator and founding director of the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). Within twenty fours after the 11 September terrorist attacks, IC3 was reprogrammed to become the sole Terrorist Tip portal for the US federal government, collecting invaluable open source information. This information was then fused with other intelligence resulting in the prevention of other planned terrorist attacks inside and outside the United States. In 2002, IC3 won the Excellence.gov award. This award is presented to federal government agencies that demonstrate innovative electronic government initiatives.

Prior to coming to Thomson Reuters Special Services, Jason was faculty at West Virginia University in the International Studies department. He was also the Director of the Open Source Intelligence Exchange and Fusion Center (OSIX) and served as the Associate Director of the Center for Intelligence and National Security Analysis (CINSA). Each of these programs has the specific mission of enhancing capability and competitiveness in disciplines related to open source intelligence collection and analysis. Prior, while employed at the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), Jason provided leadership and subject matter expertise in the area of intelligence collection. Previously, Jason served as the Associate Deputy Director, Operations for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).

He serves as a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Council on Technology and Innovation and serves on the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Cybersecurity and Privacy Committee and the NVTC Technology Innovations Committee. He is a Board member of the Big Boulder Initiative and an Advisory Board Member of Coincenter.org. Jason is also a credentialed Risk Expert for Risk Assistance Network + Exchange (RANE) and is a member of the ODNI/DHS IC Analyst-Private Sector program team focused on Identity. Additionally, he serves as a directing member of the Thomson Reuters/International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children Digital Economy Task Force.

Jason is the recipient of a number of awards including the FBI Director’s Award for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest, the Thomson Reuters Standing Ovation Award, the Thomson Reuters Oval Office Award for Innovation, the NW3C Cynthia Kay Hipsman Award, and was a nominee for the US Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service.

Lastly, he hosts a twice monthly podcast that takes a witty, entertaining look at technology and its impact on our lives.

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