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2009


2009

Lee Whitfield, Forensic 4cast

Friday February 17, 2012 (13:28:21)   (802 Reads)
Lee Whitfield
Lee, can you tell us something about your background and why you decided to work in the field of computer forensics?

I used to work in construction law. My father is an expert witness in construction and I worked with him for a large international company. I was originally planning on doing a degree in quantity surveying and had already been accepted to study that subject at university when I was made redundant. It was around this time that Larry Sewell (formerly of Guidance Software) moved in to our community. I'd already thought about going into computer forensics but after meeting Larry, and him telling me more, I realised it was something I wanted to do. I was already looking at changing my degree to computing so when the university started a computer forensics degree it made sense for me to jump ship.   more ...

2009

Robert Botchek, President & Founder, Tableau, LLC

Friday February 17, 2012 (13:01:25)   (1328 Reads)
Robert Botchek
Robert, can you tell us something about yourself and your background before founding Tableau, LLC?

I had the good fortune to grow up in the San Francisco Bay Area - the place known as Silicon Valley - and it's only now that I live in a different area that I'm starting to realize how unique the Bay Area environment is and how the environment there breeds a certain kind of can-do attitude.

Back in the early 1980's - at the ripe old age of 16 - I landed my first job as a computer programmer. I was already a "seasoned" programmer, having started programming when I was about 11. Fortunately, the president of that first company took me under his wing and showed me the difference between "coding" and "engineering". But he didn't stop there. He also gave me the guidance and opportunity to learn how to run a small, high-tech company, teaching me how to negotiate with vendors and customers, how to recruit and develop employees, how to consider the financial decisions inherent in any business...And on and on...Ultimately, he promoted me to be the VP of Engineering, we grew the company together, and a few years later he and I negotiated the sale of that company to a much larger public company.   more ...

2009

Dr Chris Pamplin, Editor – UK Register of Expert Witnesses

Friday February 17, 2012 (00:20:34)   (2080 Reads)
Dr Chris Pamplin
Dr Pamplin, can you tell us a little bit about your background and how the the UK Register of Expert Witnesses (www.jspubs.com) came into being?

I am a geologist by training, but as I did my PhD back in the 1980s I got involved in the early days of main-stream personal computing, and my true skill base lies more in getting computers to do the work of lots of people rather than anything rock related. That has the very agreeable side effect of leaving geology as a hobby rather than a job!

The UK Register of Expert Witnesses grew out of an internal ‘database’ project in my father’s legal practice in Chorley. I was finishing off my PhD and wanted to travel around Australia whilst my old man thought that his list of experts probably had some commercial potential. He agreed to fund my excursion down under if I spend a year on his project when I came back. As I sit here 22 years later, I think I won on both fronts!   more ...

2009

Ben Levitan, US Telecommunications Expert Witness

Friday February 17, 2012 (00:15:54)   (1052 Reads)
Ben Levitan
Ben, can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you became involved in mobile phone forensics?

I never expected to be here. I was an electrical engineer 25 years ago when my company at the time needed people to start working on “cellular telephones”. It sounded good to me so I joined that group. Cell phones were just coming out on the market, but there were lots of problems so the industry formed a “standards group” that consisted of engineers from everybody in the industry. We met at least once a month for a week somewhere in the world and solved problems. For example, we developed roaming so that a subscriber could use their phone outside their home service area. That was ground breaking at the time. More recently we developed a standard “Picture Phone”. When picture phones came out, each company had their own system. We sat in meetings for a year and agreed on a single design so that customers could send pictures to friends who had phones with different cell phone companies. In the future you'll see more great stuff. We've designed a system so you'll be able to get up to 40 TV channels on your mobile phone. Most households only watch six channels. You'll get to pick the channels you want. We also designed 911 and wiretap for cellular phones.   more ...

2009

Nick Furneaux, MD CSITech & Director, Bright Forensics

Friday February 17, 2012 (00:08:49)   (944 Reads)
Nick Furneaux
Nick, can you tell us something about your background and why you decided to work in this particular field?

I’ve worked in IT for almost 20 years and around 10 years ago was involved in writing Intranet and Internet based systems for highly secure environments in the UK. That led on to needing to understand the complexities of security, then securing their systems, then investigating when things went wrong. I found that I loved the investigative side and turned to Computer Forensics full time about 6 years ago.


What does your current role involve? Can you describe a typical day?

I am fortunate that my work is varied and fascinating. One day I may be doing a standard disk-based investigation, the next day researching the data stream in a protocol, next teaching RAM analysis and the following night I’m in a covert van with an antenna pointed at someone’s router.   more ...