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Training Review: X-Ways Forensics

I’ve been involved in computer/digital forensics since 2009, starting off my first training with Basic Data Recovery & Acquisition (BDRA) given by the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)in Fairmont, WV. Many of you have probably started your forensic training at NW3C…

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Apple vs. the F.B.I: Some Forensic Implications

Never one to let a good legal-tech story opportunity go to waste, I started ruminating over the multitude of implications in the Apple vs. FBI matter.  There are certainly many factors which will inevitably lead to a decision.  These include legal, technical,…

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Clash of the Titans: Apple vs. The U.S. Government

I’ve had many spirited discussions and read many thought-provoking articles since the Federal Magistrate ordered Apple to cooperate (even more than they already have) with the FBI in the investigation of alleged San Bernardino terrorist Sayed Farook and his locked iPhone 5c.  Most…

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Customer Service in Digital Forensics

My first jobs as a teenager were in customer service.  The brief first foray into the world of customer service was at an amusement park, which ironically, was anything but amusing.  After 3 months there, I transitioned to a retail environment where…

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Neutrality in Digital Forensics

Let’s be honest, everyone has biases about many things in life. Whether you have a bias against people’s behavior during a full moon or a bias for or against the police in an investigation, biases come in all shapes, sizes…

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The Value of Expert Witness-Attorney Relationships

The term “expert witness” may get tossed around a little more than it should.  Since leaving law enforcement, I can attest to the fact that I’ve seen so-called “experts” of all shapes and sizes.  Some are very professional and knowledgeable and some…

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Sometimes, The Data Isn’t There (anymore)

Being a digital forensic services provider in the private sector, we service a wide array of client’s needs. It is fairly common for our clients to be involved in litigation and investigations ranging from divorce to employment disputes and other…

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Pro Digital: Investigative Solutions

Regular readers of this blog know that my professional experience and expertise started in the investigative realm.  Ever since I first got interested in law enforcement, I wanted to be an investigator and I’ve been fortunate enough to not only see…

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The Value of (the right) Key Word Searches

When I was a full-time police detective, I was fortunate enough to attend several very good, very long digital forensic training courses (see letters at end of name).  Unfortunately, what this also did was widen the gap between what I knew…

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