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Discussion: SCOTUS, Carpenter & Call Detail Records

On November 29, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear arguments in the case of Carpenter v. US.  At the heart of the arguments is whether or not the government (i.e., law enforcement) need a search warrant…

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Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in High-Profile Cases

f it seems like the frequency of high-profile and attention-grabbing cases involving Electronically Stored Information (ESI) and digital evidence in the media are on the increase, you’re 100% correct!  ESI is ubiquitous – on our computers, on our phones, on our…

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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 (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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Five Tips for Effective Technical Warrant-Writing

Having worked in law enforcement at the level of investigator and forensic examiner and subsequently transitioning to a trainer/private practitioner role, I’m starting to gather the benefit of something many law enforcement (LE) agents may well overlook – diversity of…

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Never Use P2P

Why You Should Never Use Peer-to-Peer For those of you who don’t already know, peer-to-peer file sharing is a big deal, not only for “legitimate” purposes (i.e., trading of non-contraband files), but also for more nefarious purposes such as trading…

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Pro Digital: Year One

Around this time in 2014, I was driving on my 80-mile commute to my law enforcement job as a supervisor at a college police department in Hampton, VA when I suddenly realized how much I missed forensics and investigation.  The college…

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The INconvenience of INfosec

The INconvenience of INfosec in the Digital Age I often get requests from civic groups, consumer groups and the media to speak about information security (infosec) practices, trends, etc.  Although infosec is not our primary role at Pro Digital, it does…

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Pro Digital: Frequently Asked Questions

Recently, a colleague in the eDisovery field was talking to me about another prolific blogger.  The blogger in question had a simple theory to his blogs: Answer the questions people have about your business and you’ll not only foster good relationships…

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