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2015


2015

Keith James, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, AccessData

Wednesday July 29, 2015 (11:22:04)   (985 Reads)
Keith James
Keith, please tell us about your role as EVP of Sales and Marketing at AccessData. What does your day-to-day work entail?

Customer service is my key priority. I spend a great portion of my day listening to customers, understanding their issues, and responding to their questions and concerns. My daily focus is on building better products, meeting and anticipating customer needs, and providing a better customer experience.

Your university degrees were in History and Law – what was it that made you interested in pursuing a career in digital forensics specifically?

History, Law and . . . digital forensics? I know -- at first glance they don’t seem to tie together – but the connection is that my intellectual passion is investigation. In college, I was fascinated with original source documents; not the dry textbooks, but documents written by people living in a given time and place.   more ...

2015

Adam Hovak, Software Product Manager, Exelis

Tuesday June 02, 2015 (18:37:52)   (801 Reads)
Adam Hovak
Adam, you’re a Software Product Manager at Exelis. Could you tell us a bit about what the company does, and what your own role involves?

We’ve had some pretty big changes at Exelis in the last few weeks; As of May 29th 2015, Exelis was officially acquired by Harris Corporation. The combined Harris/Exelis acquisition (called Harris) is a pretty large defense company, that seems to do everything from night vision goggles to the next generation FAA control system for commercial flights, to communication radios. Our office in Rome, NY focuses primarily on information assurance and information protection. We started out years ago by building transfer devices for the Department of Defense (DoD) that would allow the automated transfer of data between networks of differing classification levels. In order to do our job effectively, we’ve had to understand all types of data.   more ...

2015

Philipp Amann, Senior Strategic Analyst, Europol

Tuesday May 26, 2015 (11:48:07)   (1622 Reads)
Philipp Amann
Philipp, you presented a paper at DFRWS about robustness and resilience in digital forensics laboratories. Could you briefly outline your research for our readers?

The main focus of our research is on identifying the key elements of resilience and robustness in digital forensics frameworks. In this paper, we aimed to identify the elements that allow an organization with digital forensic capabilities to adapt to change in a controlled and managed way; one of the main questions was how organisations can sustain their digital forensics capabilities and stay agile within controlled boundaries when dealing with new technological advances, new modi operandi, staff turnover, etc., while at the same time minimizing the risk of non-conformity i.e. ensuring that the basic principles of police work are maintained while adapting to a changing environment.   more ...

2015

Elena Pakhomova, Co-Founder, ReclaiMe

Friday May 22, 2015 (09:18:09)   (847 Reads)
Elena Pakhomova
Elena, you co-founded ReclaiMe; could you tell us a bit about what made you decide to start the company?

Data recovery is our family business. Initially my sister and her husband were involved in data recovery. Then I became a part of the team. If someone long ago had said that I would do this, I would probably have laughed. However, at this point I associate myself only with this business. No wonder they say that life is unpredictable.

What does your day to day role entail? Which aspects do you find the most challenging, and the most rewarding?

Every working day starts with the support. Basically it includes some routine questions, like differences in licenses, software activation, and so on. However, sometimes we face the complex cases that cannot be resolved quickly.   more ...

2015

Eoghan Casey, Founding Partner, CASEITE

Wednesday May 13, 2015 (15:45:03)   (816 Reads)
Eoghan, you've been in digital forensics for a long time; how did you first get into the field?

I first got into the field by accident. The husband of a friend of mine was a violent crime investigator, he was a forensic scientist who was starting to specialise in serial violent offenders, and he needed some tech support. Basically understanding evidence on the internet. And I got interested in it in terms of the social contribution, and so started to pursue that and ultimately went and specialised in intrusion investigation for a while, but also helped criminal investigators as best my time could allow. And ultimately that's my interest, I've now maybe split it out: one foot into the network intrusion side and one in the criminal. Which is nice, I like being able to do both.   more ...