Mark M. Pollitt

Adjunct Professor

During his thirty year career with the Federal government, Mark Pollitt served as military officer and FBI Special Agent, where he investigated organized crime, narcotics, stolen property, white collar fraud and computer crime cases. He became the first Agent designated as a Computer Evidence Examiner in the newly formed Computer Analysis Response Team. He was promoted to FBI Headquarters where he led the CART program during the period in which it grew from a handful of people to over 250 Examiners and became the preeminent computer forensic unit in the world. In 2002, he became the Director of the FBI’s Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory Program where he worked with Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to build digital forensic laboratories throughout the United States.

In August of 2003 Dr. Pollitt retired from the FBI. He currently splits his time between teaching and consulting. He is the President of Digital Evidence Professional Services, Inc. He serves on the National Institute of Standards and Technoloy (NIST) Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Digital and Multimedia Sciences Scientific Area Committee. He has been teaching at Syracuse University since 2004.

Dr. Pollitt holds a B.S. from Cornell University, a M.S. in Information Management from Syracuse University, and a PhD. from the University of Central Florida. He holds several national and international certifications in digital forensics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.


I am an avid nature and travel photographer. You can see my work at:


I hold digital forensic certifications from ISC2 (CCFP) and the Digital Forensic Certification Board (DFCB). I am an FAA certified Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor.


Digital Forensics, Natural Language Processing, and Narratives.


I teach two courses at SU: IST 522 – Applied Information Security and IST 602 – Digital Forensics.