Kenneth G. Hartman

BitTorrent Expert & Forensic Consultant

Ken Hartman is the owner of Kenneth G. Hartman Consulting Services, LLC, a firm that provides consulting on Internet and Cloud Security matters with a focus on Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR). As part of his coursework toward the Master of Information Security Engineering degree, Ken has published research on BitTorrent & Digital Contraband and Skype & Data Exfiltration.

Since performing his BitTorrent Research in 2015, Kenneth G. hartman has served as a confidential expert consultant on multiple child pornography cases across the U.S. Ken is a Licensed Private Investigator in Michigan, as required by state law to consult on digital forensic matters. As a security consultant, Ken teaches the SEC545 Cloud Security Architecture and Operations Course for the SANS Institute (, the world’s leading provider of information security training and certification.

Professional Experience

  • Owner, Kenneth G. Hartman Consulting Services, LLC, Belmont, CA (11/01/2016 to Present)
  • Associate Director-Cloud Security, Illumina, Santa Clara, CA (04/14/2017 to 11/21/2019+
  • Security Architect/Sr. Product Manager, SAP Ariba, Palo Alto, CA (11/16/2015 to 04/14/2017)
  • Program Manager-Data Security, Google, Mountain View, CA (09/02/2014 to 11/16/2015)
  • Security Architect, OneNeck IT Solutions, Madison, WI (03/25/2013 to 9/1/2014)
  • Security Engineer,, Madison, WI (01/30/2012 to 03/25/2013)
  • Security Consultant, Madison, WI (07/13/2011 to 01/30/2012)
  • Vice President, Visonex, LLC, Green Bay, WI (10/01/2002 to 07/13/2011)


  • Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University (Grad: May 1990)
  • Masters of Science Information Security Engineering, SANS Technology Institute (Grad: Sept 2018)

Professional Certifications


  • Professional Investigator Agency License, State of Michigan, License No 3701207402, Expiration Date 12/31/2020

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