Mike Alvarez

Mike Alvarez

Criminal Investigator at texas.gov

In 2008 Sgt. Mike Alvarez joined the Comal County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office as a jailer and later to a patrol deputy. He began his career as a Criminal Investigator with the Texas Attorney General’s Office CID in 2011 and was assigned to the Austin Fugitive Apprehension Unit. Sgt. Alvarez continued his growth in Law Enforcement by moving to the Texas Attorney’s General’s Office Digital Forensics Unit. Sgt. Alvarez is a member the ICAC Task Force Texas. In 2018, Sgt. Alvarez attended IACIS (International Association of Computer Investigation Specialist) and received the CFCE (Certified Forensic Computer Examiner) certification.

In 2019, he was assigned to the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force (now called Cyber Fraud Task Force) Houston Field Office and works as a Digital Forensics Examiner where he investigates electronic crimes and performs forensic exams on computers and mobile devices.

Sgt. Alvarez’s roles include performing forensic digital forensic exams, responding to network intrusions, cyber fraud related case work, child exploitation cases and cyber related money laundering investigations. Sgt. Alvarez is also a Texas Attorney General’s Office representative for the State Operations Command during local, State and Federal Emergencies involving the State of Texas.

Education and certification include:

-Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Edwards University in 2008.
-Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from Angelo State in 2018.
-Certified Computer Forensics Examiner.
– Network Intrusion Responder Program.
-Detecting and Responding to Cyber Attacks.
-Certified by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages as a Spanish translator.
– Marine Corps veteran.