Preparing for an Advanced Cyber Battlefield: The Digital Forensics for National Security Symposium

Forensic Focus

With a focus on complex electronic crimes, attacks, and intrusions at the national, state, and local levels, the Digital Forensics for National Security Symposium facilitates discussions among defense, intelligence, government, industry, nonprofit, and academic stakeholders on how digital forensic tools and training can support investigations.

The two-day, educational “town hall” style event is coming July 27-28 to National Harbor, Maryland, USA for a third year. Hosted by the nonpartisan Defense Strategies Institute (DSI), the symposium seeks to break down silos between agencies and support US Defense Department (DoD) priorities.

Open and complimentary to all DoD and federal employees, and available to industry and academic attendees for an admission fee, the symposium features senior level leaders from key military and civilian offices. They’ll discuss the efficient identification, management, and analysis of digital evidence with a particular emphasis on the latest technological innovations.

Common themes across the 13 talks include:

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  • Partnerships and collaboration across local, state, federal, and foreign law enforcement and intelligence agencies as well as industry and academia.
  • The development and sharing of new tools and training to enhance existing methods, workflows, and decision making.
  • Current and future projects and collaborations designed to improve digital forensic workflows, training, and reliability now and into the future.

Attendees will hear from speakers representing the major criminal investigative services, including the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Army Criminal Investigative Command (CID), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and US Secret Service. They’ll talk about: 

  • Facilitating a more effective cyber strategy.
  • Emphasizing the “cyber battlefield” through site exploitation and recovery of forensic and biometric evidence to develop actionable criminal intelligence.
  • Opportunities for civilian investigators at state and local levels to work alongside military investigators.
  • Computer intrusion and cyber terrorism investigation capabilities, including emerging threats.
  • Creating new tradecraft for discovering and tracking the adversary in cyberspace.
  • The use of advanced computer frameworks for outmaneuvering cyber attacks, including honeypots, decoys, and signaling techniques and technologies.

A panel discussion composed of military and government experts will focus on deepfake technology commonly used in disinformation campaigns, and the integration of digital forensics to identify, reverse engineer, and combat it. 

Also on hand will be speakers from the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), and the Army Futures Command.

Breaks for networking, exhibit hall visits, and lunches will be included. Learn more at https://digitalforensics.dsigroup.org/.

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