Techno Security And Digital Forensics Conference West

The Techno Security and Digital Forensics Conference changes venues for the West edition from the Hilton La Jolla at Torrey Pines in San Diego, to its new location in Pasadena, California at the convention center. Running Monday, September 11th through Wednesday, September 13th, the conference continues to offer the high qualify line up of topics and speakers the industry has come to expect from Techno. Primary session tracks are: Cybersecurity, eDiscovery, Forensics and Investigations.

Event Director, Jennifer Salvadori said that the West edition of Techno is in a significant growth phase, and is expected to expand the program and exhibit hall to mirror the flagship East event in the next few years. The goal is to deliver more content, and feature additional technology solutions as requested via feedback received on attendee surveys over the years.

Show Management is working with three hotels in Pasadena, all of which are offering the federal government per diem rate to Techno LEO and government participants. Hotel discount block deadlines are coming quickly, with August 11, August 18 and August 21 being the cut off for each of the three, respectively. Reservations will need to be made through the Techno West Hotels & Travel page of the event website to secure the discounted conference rate.

Below is a look at some of what to expect this year in Pasadena within the Techno West conference program. For session details on the 75+ sessions scheduled, and to register, visit .


Brett Shavers, Author, Forensic Analyst, Consultant, will present this year’s keynote, The DFIR Investigative Mindset: Hack your Mind to Crack the Crime, Tuesday morning at 8:30 AM. In his keynote, Brett distills decades of casework into a keynote to show how to do that while avoiding common pitfalls and biases that may sabotage your investigation and your reputation.

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OSINT and Other New Tools

OSINT Tools will be presented by Cynthia Navarro, OSMOSIS, on Monday. During this talk, Cynthia will provide valuable guidance, introduce useful tools, and enhance your understanding of OSINT.

On Wednesday, the Dutch Police department will present, Hansken – Big Data Forensics, a platform that is specifically developed for digital forensic investigations that contain of hundreds of Terabytes of data including investigations conducted by law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Ben LeMere, Berla Corporation, will present Geolocating Vehicles Using Open Source Data on Tuesday. This session will share how to use open-source data to discover historical location information for vehicles that do not store GPS data or vehicles that you may not have physical access to.

Todd Shipley, Dark Intel, LLC, will present The Dark Web and Why It’s Important to Your Investigation, on Wednesday morning.  It will discuss what investigators need to get on the Dark web and what possible value it is for OSINT collection.

Social Media & Gaming

Colleen Stanich, Detective, National City Police Department, will present a powerful talk, The Kidnapping of Alani C. – Dangers of Online Gaming, on Tuesday. Attendees will get to see the collaboration of both Federal and local police. The rescue of Alani and the capture of the suspect along with follow up interviews of both. Attendees will also get to see the technology used in the case and what went well and what didn’t. The case study will end with the prosecution issues and aftercare for Alani.

Pressing Snapchat to Extract Juicy Data, presented by Matthieu Regnery, Magnet Forensics on Wednesday. This session will dissect Snapchat data obtained from mobile phones extractions. The presenter will dive into obscure serialized format (protobufs) to uncover information needed to recover juicy content (ie media).

Cryptocurrency / Search Warrant Case Studies

Romy Haas and Danielle N. Ponce de Leon, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will present Google Geofences: Understanding the Fundamentals & Dealing with Rejection, on Wednesday. Attendees will be introduced to the search warrant and analysis process, and the anonymized data provided to law enforcement. A brief homicide case study will be presented.

Pig Butchering: An Interactive Case Study, with speakers Andrew Frey and Derek Wang of the United States Secret Service, Los Angeles Field Office, Cyber Fraud Task Force, will share a case study of a cryptocurrency investigation and walk through the steps taken start the investigation to the point of recovering assets using both open source and commercial tools. Ben

IOS/MAC Forensics

On Monday, iOS Forensics – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, is presented by Belkasoft. This session   will discuss the lifecycle of iOS versions and devices, to include major changes in iOS updates, and what implications they bring to examiners.

Everything You Need to Know About Mac Timestamps: Understanding POSIX and Apple Extended Attribute Timestamps will also be presented on Monday, with Andrew Pomerleau, SUMURI. Participants will learn how to use forensic tools to analyze and interpret timestamps accurately, including how to identify and account for any discrepancies that may arise.

The full conference line up is 75+ sessions and product demos. Forensic Focus members who attend will receive a 10% discount on their registration. To access the discount (not valid on already reduced government rates), enter Promo Code FOR23 during the registration process.

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