What’s Happening At Techno Security Wilmington, June 04 – 06 2024

The Techno Security and Digital Forensics Conference returns to Wilmington, North Carolina June 4-6 to host its 25th Anniversary edition of the flagship East coast event. The conference maintains its tradition of delivering a top-tier lineup of topics and speakers in four primary content areas: Cybersecurity, Digital forensics, eDiscovery and Investigations.

Event Director, Jennifer Salvadori highlighted some changes to the event that have come about from both attendee and exhibitor feedback over the years:

“We have shifted to a full three-day event format, included more hands-on labs to the educational line up, and have added back in attendee lunches to be served in the expo hall.”

Salvadori reports that these changes, combined with hosting the first Techno CTF competition and a 25th Anniversary party, are just some of the additions event participants can expect to see this year. 

Take a glimpse into what Wilmington has in store for you within the Techno East conference program this year:


Kicking off the conference at 8:00am on Tuesday, June 4th, Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy, Futurist, Author, Professor will present Navigating the Artificial Intelligence Era: Challenges and Strategies for Future of Cybersecurity. During this keynote he will  discuss the paradox that AI will bring for cybersecurity and  share how cybersecurity experts can prepare to address the impact from AI in the context of AI safety and security.

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Hands-On Labs

Python – A Crash Course for DFE’s led by Robert Osgood, Director, Digital Forensics, George Mason University. This is a crash course in Python programming that looks at Python from a digital forensics perspective.

Mobile Analysis Methodology and 3rd Party App Analysis with speakers, Jessica Hyde– Founder, Hexordia and Cesar Quezada, Senior Digital Forensics Specialist, Hexordia. This hands-on lab teaches a methodology for mobile forensic analysis of unsupported applications and artifacts. It teaches a 5-part methodology; Discover, Test, Parse, Find, and Script, which are necessary skills to parse 3rd party applications.

Cybersecurity Track

AI and the impact it will have on Children, Digital forensics, Regulation and Legislation, Joseph Pizzuro, CEO, Raven and Debbie Garner, Founding Board Member, Raven. This presentation will address what is coming from an AI legislative and policy perspective and discuss how policy and legislation impact digital forensics and cyber investigators.

How to Identify and Mitigate Hacker Obfuscation Techniques, Tony Lauro – Director of Security Technology & Strategy, Akamai. During this session, attendees will discover three of the key obfuscation techniques attackers use to break down defences and exploit systems through undetectable means, including impersonation, trusted site, and human ingenuity techniques.

Navigating the Cloud: Trends in Innovation, Multi-cloud, and Kubernetes,  Paul Lawrence, Principal Solutions Architect, Expel. Session attendees will come away with an understanding of the trends and challenges decision makers are facing now, what the landscape could look like in the future if these emerging trends continue, and actionable takeaways to drive security-enabled success for their own businesses.

Digital Forensics Track

Leveraging GenAI to Enhance DFIR Capabilities, Matthew Seyer – Director, KPMG LLP, and leveraging this technology for DFIR and how we can address the likely organizational barriers to adoption.

Same Data, Different Story: Law Enforcement vs Independent Experts, Jared Barnhart, Customer Experience Lead, Cellebrite and Patrick Siewert, Director, Digital Forensics & eDiscovery, ArcherHall, will seek to explore the issues from both perspectives in a practical manner and discuss approaches that government/LE examiners can undertake for optimal success when dealing with opposing experts.

Navigating the Shadows: Linux Tails Examinations for the Digital Forensic Examiner, Rob Attoe, CEO, Spyder Forensics, will guide attendees through the intricacies of Linux Tails examinations, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate this complex terrain effectively.

eDiscovery Track

eDiscovery & Investigations in Focus: A Panel on Privacy, Challenges, and Future Trends in a Modern World, Rene Novoa, III – Director of Forensics, HaystackID, John Wilson – President of Forensics/CIO, HaystackID and Clifford Nichols, Assistant United States Attorney, District of Connecticut. This session will delve into pressing issues surrounding privacy concerns, as well as the collection and review hurdles confronting eDiscovery professionals across various industries. The conversation will explore real-world applications, policy implications, the role of artificial intelligence (AI), and the evolving landscape of eDiscovery litigation and investigations.

The Future of Law: Integrating AI, Digital Forensics, and eDiscovery into Tomorrow’s Legal Practice, Carlos A. Baradat – Attorney / ESI Specialist, The Baradat Group. The legal sector is on the cusp of a technological revolution, propelled by AI, digital forensics, and eDiscovery. This talk explores their integration in legal practice, focusing on AI’s impact on research, digital forensics’ role in litigation, and eDiscovery’s relevance in data management.

An E-Discovery Conundrum: The Disappearance of Ephemeral Data,  Michael Quartararo – President, Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS). This panel will help attendees learn more about common sources of ephemeral messaging data and its impact on litigation, investigations and regulatory inquiries.

Investigations Track

Domestic Hackers, SIM Swapping, and Cryptocurrency: A Case Study Cassandra Carpentier – Financial Forensic Analyst, United States Secret Service, Matthew Hannon – Special Agent, United States Secret Service, Tom Gillie – Network Intrusion Forensic Analyst, United States Secret Service,  Jonathan Vanhouten – Network Intrusion Forensic Analyst, United States Secret Service and Elliot Daniels – Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

This case study walks through an investigation beginning with a substantial cash out of Bitcoin and the investigation leading into the dark web of hackers and the uncovering of a prolific SIM swapper.

Become a Google Jedi: Building a Better Boolean String, Lauren Wagner – Program Manager, Cybercrime & Digital Forensics, SEARCH and John Trenary – Director of Digital Forensics, SEARCH

By mastering the art of Google Boolean operators and advanced search features, you will learn how to filter search results and uncover relevant information, saving you valuable time and effort. This session will show detailed examples of queries and methods that will enhance your productivity and make you stand out in today’s digital world.

Case Study: Todd Engles- Construction Superintendent During the Day and Producer of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) at Night. Jennifer Wing – Detective/Task Force Officer, Orlando Police Department/FBI Violent Crimes Against Children and Human Trafficking Task Force, Tampa Division and Roo Powell – Child Advocate, Founder and Subject of the Docuseries Undercover Underage, SOSA

This session will share a case study about a construction superintendent Todd Engles, who produced CSAM with multiple 9-12 year old girls on multiple social media platforms to include Discord, Tiktok and Instagram. The case study will begin with the NCMEC Cybertip and continue through the investigation and details of the communication with the victims and will end with sentencing information.

The full conference line up of 120+ sessions and product demos, including the above and tracks from the three Titanium sponsors (Cellebrite, Magnet Forensics and Oxygen Forensics) is expected to be available on the event web site www.TechnoSecurity.us/east by the second week of March.

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 FOR24 during the registration process.

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