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Lindy Sheppard, F3 (First Forensic Forum) Secretary

Monday October 08, 2012 (17:11:58)   (5779 Reads)
Lindy Sheppard
Lindy, can you tell us a bit about your background and how you entered the world of forensic computing?

My vital statistics are: divorced, two children (son and daughter – in that order), one grandson and three granddaughters (not in that order)!

My working life has been in administration and management and since my late teens I have worked in some interesting industries and with some (let’s call them) quite unique people! Prior to working in digital forensics I think the job which offered the most ‘surprises’ was whilst I was working as a relief manager for two breweries. It involved my taking over hotels and public houses in London and across Southern England whilst the landlords took their holiday or whilst there was a gap between tenancies. I looked after some amazing places; one funny incident was to arrive at a big hotel/public house in Salisbury to find that there were not only paying guests staying and two bars to run, there was also a beer garden, a restaurant and the landlord’s two dogs, two cats and his children’s rabbits to care for. “Oh!” says the landlord as they are about to drive away, “one of the dogs had puppies the day before yesterday, you’ll be OK won’t you?” And then off they went. What you might call, a varied occupation.   more ...


Philip Anderson, Northumbria University

Thursday September 13, 2012 (18:45:07)   (4995 Reads)
Philip Anderson
Philip, can you tell us something about your background and why you decided to teach digital forensics?

I graduated from Northumbria University with a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Technology in 1997 and gained an MSc in Distance Education with Athabasca University, Canada by distance learning in 2008.

After I graduated I started working at Northumbria University in a number of different IT Support/Developer roles for different departments within Northumbria University before becoming a Lecturer in 2001. I started teaching programming and also web design and development modules. It was in 2004 and 2005 alongside colleagues that we developed the undergraduate Computer Forensic degree. Once validated and in its first year I naturally changed to teach computer forensic modules (and more) as the degree progressed.   more ...


John H. Riley, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday July 03, 2012 (17:01:21)   (6107 Reads)
John H. Riley
John, can you tell us something about your background and why you decided to teach digital forensics?

First, thanks for the opportunity to discuss our program. We're really proud of what we've accomplished here and believe we're contributing to the digital forensics community. I started as a mathematician (Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1980) and then began to teach computer science as well as mathematics in the 1980s. I wrote two programming textbooks (Pascal, for the old timers). About six or seven years ago, my department was investigating majors that would be good for students. We decided upon computer forensics. It is an interesting, useful field of study that has worked really well for us and our students.   more ...


Professor Golden G. Richard III, University of New Orleans

Friday June 15, 2012 (17:08:48)   (8232 Reads)
Golden G. Richard III
Golden, can you tell us something about your background and why you decided to teach digital forensics?

I studied computer science at the University of New Orleans, then went to Ohio State to get an M.S. and Ph.D. My evil plan to try to return to New Orleans worked, when a job opening at UNO appeared just as I was finishing up at Ohio State. I made a single job application (which slightly annoyed my advisor) and got the job.

I've been teaching at UNO since 1994. I've been "hacking" (in the positive sense of the word) since I was about 13--that's 35 years ago, although I don't really feel that old. Yet. I've always been interested in operating systems internals, filesystems, etc. When I met some people around 2001 that were starting a digital forensics conference, I realized that there could be a formal point and a focus for my tinkering. I started doing formal research in digital forensics around 2002 or so and classes in digital forensics at the University of New Orleans followed around 2003.   more ...


John Patzakis, Founder and CEO of X1 Discovery

Wednesday May 16, 2012 (21:59:22)   (6684 Reads)
John Patzakis
John, the last time you were interviewed at Forensic Focus you were the Vice Chairman and Chief Legal Officer at Guidance Software. Now you're the founder and CEO of X1 Discovery - tell us about that move.

I am proud to have been a co-founder and part of the senior team at Guidance Software for ten years. The early days at Guidance were exciting as we sowed new fields, just as we are doing now at X1 Discovery. At Guidance, we first pioneered Windows-based forensics, which was the new paradigm and represented an order of magnitude improvement over Dos-based forensics. Then circa 2004, we introduced and championed the concept of enterprise in-house eDiscovery, a strategy that ended up being Guidance’s main force of growth leading to our IPO in 2006.   more ...